Arsenal cut for title after Palace win

  • Last Updated: February 4 2014, 10:41 GMT

Arsenal are 9/2 to win the Barclays Premier League after they beat Crystal Palace to return to the top of the table.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is congratulated having fired Arsenal to victory
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is congratulated having fired Arsenal to victory

A second-half brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was enough for the Gunners to see off a resilient Palace side and most firms agree on their prospects of winning the title.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was cut to 6/4 to make England's World Cup squad by BetVictor, leaving 888sport's 2/1 as the best price.

BetVictor's Jack Milner said: "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's performance sees him enter the frame to make the plane to Brazil. He's 6/4 from 9/4 to be in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad and 25/1 to be February's Premier League Player of the Month."

Liverpool are out to 25/1 with bet365 and Ladbrokes having been held to a draw by West Brom. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring but a goal from former Everton striker Victor Anichebe meant the game ended 1-1 and left Liverpool eight points off the pace.

Coral and Boylesports have eased Liverpool to 4/6 for a top-four finish. With Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea considered near-certain to secure Champions League qualification, the other contenders for fourth are Manchester United (100/30), Tottenham (7/2, Ladbrokes) and Everton (13/2, Ladbrokes).

Palace were trimmed a shade for relegation but remain odds-against with most firms, and only Fulham are now odds-on across the board following their defeat to Southampton on Saturday. William Hill's 8/15 is a standout price.

Cardiff are now 7/5 with bet365 having beaten Norwich, who were in turn cut to a general 2/1. That puts them fourth in the betting and shorter than West Ham, who are 13/5 with Boylesports having beaten Swansea.

Ladbrokes, Coral and 888sport make Sunderland 11/4 after they beat Newcastle, while Hull are 9/2 with BetVictor having held Spurs to a 1-1 draw.

  • Updated at 0900 GMT on 03/02/2014.