Respite for layers as United lose

  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 18:19 GMT

Sky Bet's football traders had results go their way on Saturday as Manchester United, Barcelona and Tottenham all failed to win.

Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stoke
Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stoke

Punters held the upper hand throughout January with the best-backed teams going in week-on-week, but that wasn't the case this time as Charlie Adam fired Stoke to a 2-1 victory over United.

The result leaves United at 3/1 for a top-four finish and out to 150/1 for the title, which now looks beyond them following what was their eighth defeat of the campaign.

Spurs are 11/4 for the top four after earning a point at Hull, and it was Everton who were left celebrating after they came from behind to beat Aston Villa. They're now 5/1 for a Champions League spot.

At the other end of the table, Fulham's defeat to Southampton leaves them odds-on for relegation at 1/2.

Wins for West Ham (2/1), Cardiff (6/5) and Sunderland (11/4) saw their odds eased, but Norwich were cut to 2/1.

Sky Bet's Sandro Di Michele said: "January was a nightmare. It seemed like every Saturday the shortest-priced teams went in and even our smaller staking punters took us to the cleaners.

"That wasn't the case today though and when Barcelona lead at home but go on to lose, you know it's been a good one.

"As for our latest prices, United look increasingly unlikely to be playing in the Champions League next year while Fulham's deadline day business will need to pay off if they're to survive after another poor show at Craven Cottage."

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