Chelsea 12/1 for title after rout

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 23 2012, 18:35 GMT

Chelsea were cut into 12/1 for the Premier League title after thrashing Aston Villa 8-0 on Sunday.

Fernando Torres scored in Chelsea's rout of Aston Villa
Fernando Torres scored in Chelsea's rout of Aston Villa

The Blues were utterly dominant as they crushed a side who had arrived at Stamford Bridge in decent form.

The layers reacted by cutting them from a best price of 16/1 to 12s, a quote widely available.

They are now 11 points off the pace but do have a game in hand.

Team Score Team
Chelsea 8 - 0 A Villa
Swansea 1 - 1 Man Utd
Liverpool 4 - 0 Fulham
West Brom 2 - 1 Norwich
Man City 1 - 0 Reading
Newcastle 1 - 0 QPR
Tottenham 0 - 0 Stoke City
Southampto 0 - 1 Sunderland
West Ham 1 - 2 Everton
Wigan 0 - 1 Arsenal

Manchester City were also trimmed on Sunday as leaders Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea.

That result, coupled with City's 1-0 victory over Reading on Saturday, saw the gap at the top cut to four points and the reigning champions trimmed from 21/10 to 15/8 by Ladbrokes. bet365 and Boylesports left them at 2/1.

United were pushed out to 4/7.

In the top-four betting, Chelsea hardened to 1/6 after regaining third place from Arsenal, who are odds-on across the board to finish top four after Saturday's 1-0 win at Wigan. The Gunners are general 8/11 shots, with Spurs, held at home by Stoke, out to 15/8 with bet365.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 43
2 Man City 39
3 Chelsea 32
4 Arsenal 30
5 Everton 30
6 Tottenham 30
7 West Brom 30

Fernando Torres was one of seven different scorers for Chelsea - the first time that feat has been achieved in the Premier League era - and he's now 16/1 for the Golden Boot.

It was Torres' seventh goal of the league campaign, leaving him six behind pacesetter Michu. The bookies, however, will give you no better than 16s.

Swansea striker Michu scored in the 1-1 draw with United, taking him onto 13 for the season - one clear of Robin van Persie.

Michu was cut into 9/1 (Betfred, totesport) as a result, with Van Persie lengthened to 7/4 (bet365) to win the award for the second season in a row.

Following Chelsea's scoring exploits, Hill's offer 16/1 that any team scores 10 goals in a Premier League game this season.

Meanwhile, Villa were cut into a best of 9/2 (Ladbrokes) for relegation after their defeat. The result left them three points above the drop zone and with a big dent in their goal difference - something which could prove crucial come the end of the season.