United behind Arsenal in betting

  • Last Updated: September 30 2013, 11:47 BST

Following their 2-1 defeat to West Brom, Manchester United are fourth favourites for the Barclays Premier League title.

Manchester United were beaten by West Brom
Manchester United were beaten by West Brom

David Moyes' side produced a laboured performance at Old Trafford and the visitors, who'd gone 35 years without an away win at United, were fully deserving of their three points.

United weren't the only ones guilty of failing to justify favouritism, as rivals Manchester City twice surrendered the lead before losing 3-2 at Aston Villa.

All of which means that Arsenal, who beat Swansea 2-1 in the evening kick-off, have moved to 9/2 in the outright betting with United out to a general 7/1.

Tottenham's earlier draw with Chelsea means that City remain favourites at a best of 23/10 with Boylesports, with Chelsea 3/1 and Spurs no bigger than Ladbrokes' 10/1.

Liverpool, who face Sunderland on Sunday, are general 12/1 chances but 14/1 with Boylesports and Ladbrokes in a market which gives six teams a chance.

Coral make United just 13/8 to finish outside the top four - an unfathomable occurrence under Sir Alex Ferguson - and they can be backed at a general 4/9 to finish inside the Champions League qualification places.

"Man United's defeat to West Brom means United have broken their record for their lowest ever points tally after six games of a Premier League season so David Moyes can expect to come under some criticism," said Coral's Tim Reynolds.

"The good news for United fans is that it's still very early in the new season and with the quality that David has at his disposal, you would expected the current champions to bounce back."

Those less convinced can still back Moyes at 33/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post with William Hill, who make Martin Jol their 8/11 favourite after his Fulham side lost at home to Cardiff.

William Hill also quote 5/1 that the title is won with 74 points or fewer, which would break the lowest ever winning total record set by United and their tally of 75 in 1997. The firm also quote evens that the two Manchester sides lose 15 or more Premier League matches between them by the end of the season, with the current tally five.

Other key moves involving those towards the top end of the table include Arsenal being trimmed to 2/5 for a top four finish while Spurs are 21/20 and Liverpool 7/4, both with Ladbrokes.

At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace are no bigger than 1/4 to be relegated following their defeat at Southampton, with Sunderland next at 5/4.

Fulham's defeat saw them cut to 3/1 but Hull are out to 9/4 with Coral having beaten West Ham, who were in turn trimmed to 6/1 generally.

  • Article updated at 1015 BST on 29/09/2013.