Reds Top-four Odds Drift

  • Last Updated: October 7 2012, 18:58 BST

Sky Bet have pushed Liverpool's Premier League top-four odds out from 4/1 to 7/1 after their stalemate with Stoke saw them slip further off the pace.

Jonny Evans celebrates a goal for Manchester United

The Reds remain winless at Anfield in the league under Brendan Rodgers and are now eight points adrift of fourth spot, currently occupied by their rivals Everton.

The Toffees are now actually a shorter price for Champions League qualification at 11/2 with Liverpool also drifting in the top-six market, going to odds-against for the first time at 5/4.

Despite the disappointing start, Rodgers is a 25/1 outsider in the next Premier League manager to go market, with Mark Hughes the 11/10 favourite as his QPR side remain winless and rooted to the foot of the table.

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: "Liverpool's chances of regaining Champions League football are already looking pretty slim after another disappointing result.

"However, we still expect Rodgers to be given time during a transitional period, as he looks to bring through young players and adapt their playing style.

"Such patience may not be allowed to Hughes however following his summer spending spree, with more urgency required at Loftus Road with the Hoops now 9/4 for relegation."

Manchester United are an unchanged as the 2/1 second favourites with Coral to win the Premier League title after a comfortable 3-0 win away to Newcastle on Sunday.

Neighbours City remain the 13/8 favourites following a similar score line win at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

Chelsea, who also won by three clear goals when beating Norwich 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, have been trimmed to 11/4 (from 3/1).

"With all the top sides winning this weekend, the pressure was on United to maintain their challenge, and a 3-0 win at Newcastle more than keeps them in the title race," said Coral spokesman Gary Burton.

Norwich are the 4/7 favourites to be relegated while QPR, who lost at West Brom, are the big movers and have been cut to 12/5 (from 7/2) by Coral for the drop.

Robin Van Persie is the 3/1 favourite to top the scoring charts with Fernando Torres, who was on target for Chelsea again, the 11/2 second favourite.