Manchester United drift to 9/1

  • Last Updated: October 19 2013, 20:47 BST

Manchester United have drifted to 9/1 with bet365 and 888sport for the Premier League title after being held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton.

Disappointment for Manchester United after Southampton's late leveller
Disappointment for Manchester United after Southampton's late leveller

On a day when leaders Arsenal and second-placed Chelsea were 4-1 winners over Norwich and Cardiff respectively, David Moyes' side now find themselves eight points behind the table-topping Gunners.

Robin van Persie's first-half strike looked like it would be enough for the champions but up popped Adam Lallana in the 89th minute to snatch a point for the high-flying Saints.

Eighth-placed United are now just 5/4 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power to miss out on a top-four place.

Arsenal moved clear at the top as Jack Wilshere scored a contender for goal of the season in their comfortable victory over the Canaries.

Arsene Wenger's men, who are now 5/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports for the title, capitalised on Liverpool's draw at Newcastle in the lunchtime kick-off thanks to goals from Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and a Mesut Ozil brace.

Meanwhile Chelsea are second favourites at a general 5/2 after a Eden Hazard brace and further strikes from Oscar and Samuel Eto'o saw them breeze past Cardiff.

Manchester City remain favourites for the title at a widely availabel 15/8 after a 3-1 victory at West Ham on Saturday evening.

At the other end of the table, Sunderland remain bottom of the pile with one point from eight games as they started the Gus Poyet era with a 4-0 defeat at Swansea.

Poyet's side are odds on for the drop, no bigger than the 8/11 offered by Boylesports and Sky Bet, with Crystal Palace as short as 1/10 for relegation after losing six of their first seven games.

Cardiff and Hull are next in the betting at 9/4, with Norwich 3/1 at Ladbrokes and Fulham 4s with William Hill.