United out to 4/11 for title

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: January 20 2013, 18:40 GMT

Manchester United remain hot favourites for the Premier League title despite seeing their lead at the top cut to five points over the weekend.

Clint Dempsey: Denied United with his late equaliser
Clint Dempsey: Denied United with his late equaliser

They could only follow Manchester City's 2-0 win over Fulham with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, Clint Dempsey scoring an injury-time equaliser to deny them all three points.

The bookies did not see it as a huge setback though, only lengthening their odds from a best price of 1/3 to 4/11 (general).

City were cut over the course of the weekend, although Coral finished it prepared to offer 11/4 about the Eastlands outfit retaining their crown.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 56
2 Man City 51
3 Chelsea 45
4 Tottenham 41
5 Everton 37
6 Arsenal 34
7 Liverpool 34
8 West Brom 34
9 Swansea 33
10 Stoke City 29
11 Sunderland 28
12 West Ham 27
13 Norwich 26
14 Fulham 25
15 Southampton 22
16 Newcastle 21
17 A Villa 20
18 Reading 19
19 Wigan 19
20 QPR 15

Chelsea, who beat Arsenal 2-1 in Sunday's other game, are next in the market at 28/1 with Blue Square but have an 11-point deficit to make up on United.

Arsenal's defeat saw them pushed out to a best of 6/4 by Sky Bet for a top-four finish.

They now trail fourth-placed Spurs by seven points, although the Gunners do have a game in hand. Spurs are now a top price of 6/5 (BlueSq) to finish fourth or higher.

Coral have the North London rivals in a match bet and make Spurs slight favourites at 8/11.

Everton, who play Southampton on Monday when victory would take them within a point of Spurs, are 11/2 with Ladbrokes, with in-form Liverpool available at 10/1 with the same firm following their 5-0 demolition of Norwich on Saturday.

Luis Suarez scored once in that match - as Robin van Persie did for Manchester United.

Van Persie holds a two-goal lead over Suarez in the race for the Golden Boot and is no better than evens (BlueSq) to win the gong for the second season in a row. Suarez is 7/2 with Coral.

Team Score Team
Tottenham 1 - 1 Man Utd
Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal
West Brom 2 - 2 A Villa
Liverpool 5 - 0 Norwich
Man City 2 - 0 Fulham
West Ham 1 - 1 QPR
Swansea 3 - 1 Stoke City
Newcastle 1 - 2 Reading
Wigan 2 - 3 Sunderland

Meanwhile, the bookies were left celebrating Dempsey's late goal.

William Hill were one firm to see plenty of cash for the Chelsea-United double.

Their Joe Crilly said: "When Chelsea did the business, we were getting very nervous indeed.

"Clint Dempsey has saved us what would have been one of if not the biggest Super Sunday payouts all season."

Coral's Tim Reynolds added: "Over 95 per cent of Sunday's football accumulators contained Rangers, Chelsea and Manchester United so once Ally McCoist's side had got the ball rolling with their victory over Peterhead, we started to fear the worst.

"The Rangers, Chelsea and Manchester United treble on its own was a pay-out well into six figures, but with a lot of Coral customers adding Motherwell to that treble, Dempsey's equaliser saved us from what would have been our worst Sunday of the season so far."