City back as title favourites

  • Last Updated: April 28 2014, 9:01 BST

Manchester City's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace saw them back as Premier League favourites after Liverpool lost to Chelsea.

Chelsea beat Liverpool to hand the advantage to City
Chelsea beat Liverpool to hand the advantage to City

Steven Gerrard's slip allowed Demba Ba to put Chelsea in front on the stroke of half-time at Anfield, before Willian sealed victory with a last-minute goal on the counter.

City took full advantage by taking an early lead at Crystal Palace and they were never troubled on their way to a comfortable success, one which the layers believe gives them the edge heading into the closing stages of the season.

As things stand, City look set win the title on goal difference if both they and Liverpool win their remaining matches, and they're general 5/6 favourites with Liverpool out to a best of 11/8 with BetVictor.

Position Player Score
1 Liverpool 80
2 Chelsea 78
3 Man City 77

Chelsea are two points behind Liverpool and one ahead of City, who have a game in hand, and it's therefore expected that they will come up short despite another huge performance in a game against their rivals. Jose Mourinho's side are 14/1 generally and 16s with Sky Bet and sportingbet.

There's scope for City's position in the market to harden further as they will go top of the table if they beat Everton next Saturday, with Chelsea in action the following day against Norwich and Liverpool faced with a trip to Crystal Palace on the Monday.

City then take on Aston Villa for their game in hand at the Etihad before the final day sees them host West Ham, as Chelsea travel to Cardiff and Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield.

At the other end of the table, the current bottom three of Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff are all odds-on to go down.

Fulham threw away a two-goal lead against Hull on Saturday and that allowed Sunderland to climb out of the relegation zone with a 4-0 win over Cardiff on Sunday. Gus Poyet's side are out to a general 3/1 for relegation, with Cardiff 1/12 (Betfred), Norwich 1/10 (General) and Fulham 2/7 (Betfred).

LIVERPOOL (Pld 36 Pts 80 GD +50)

May 5 - Crystal Palace A
May 11 - Newcastle H

CHELSEA (Pld 36 Pts 78 GD +43)

May 4 - Norwich H
May 11 - Cardiff A

MANCHESTER CITY (Pld 35 Pts 77 GD +58)

May 3 - Everton A
May 7 - Aston Villa H
May 11 - West Ham H

  • Posted at 0900 BST on 28/04/2014.