Manchester United are starting to look like title contenders at long last after a rather inconsistent opening few months. Their hard-fought 1-0 over leaders Arsenal move them up to fifth in the Premier League table.
Van Persie’s headed goal broke the deadlock and proved to be the deciding goal in this close encounter, with the bookmakers feeling that this win has moved United back into the title race, whilst still maintaining a certain cautiousness. The Red Devils are still only fourth favourites to retain the title, with BetVictor offering the best price of 5/1 that Moyes can achieve success in his initial season.
The fact is that Arsenal are a mere 5 points ahead of United, and the strike partnership of Van Persie and Rooney is starting to gel, so things are getting back on track.
A surprise 1-0 defeat at The Stadium of Light by Sunderland sees Manchester City drop to eighth place in the table. Despite this setback City remain favourites across the board to end the season at the top.
Pellegrini’s boys are the Premier League top scorers on 28 goals, however they have lost to Aston Villa, Cardiff and now Sunderland away from home. Ladbrokes offer 11/4 that they can still go all the way.
As for the current leaders, Arsenal still have a 2 point advantage and probably won’t be too disheartened by their defeat, and of course they weren’t helped at all by the absence of Mertesacker. An improved defence would probably see them over the finish line. William Hill offer a decent 7/2 for the Gunner’s first title in a decade.
Chelsea were looking good a couple of weeks ago, however a surprise defeat at Newcastle and a draw with West Brom has been a huge setback for Mourinho’s boys, and the Blues are on the outright market also at 7/2. To be honest West Brom were unfortunate not to take all three points at the weekend, and Mourinho will have the hard task of getting things back on track.
Liverpool have amassed 23 points from 11 games, a decent return for Rodgers’ team, and they now sit comfortably in fifth place. Suarez has proved his worth since his return and the lack of European action has meant that the Reds can concentrate purely on domestic affairs. Ladbrokes offer 8/1 that the title can go to Anfield.
Newcastle dented Tottenham’s hopes severely, beating the home team 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Spurs are now 33/1 on the outright market. Southampton meanwhile are good value considering the impact they have made so far this season, at 250/1.
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