Bookmakers have slashed their prices on Manchester United to lift the 2011/12 Premier League trophy after their cross city rivals could only draw with Fulham yesterday. United meanwhile, were busy beating Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford, to move two points clear at the top of the table.
Reigning champions United are now as short as 1.67 for a repeat Premier League success, their shortest price so far this season, though both Ladbrokes and Unibet are offering a best price of 1.80 about the Red Devils.
Manchester City on the other hand are now a best price of 3.75 (Paddy Power) in the Premier League title betting, while Chelsea are as big as 7.00 (Stan James). More ambitious punters might also wish to consider the next two teams in the market; Liverpool at 51.00 (Unibet) and Arsenal at 67.00 (Stan James).
United’s goals came courtesy of defender Chris Smalling, Nani and the in form Wayne Rooney, who notched his ninth goal in the last five games. Rooney is now a clear favourite top end the season as the top scorer in the 2011/12 Premier League, as short as 2.62 and a best price of 3.00 (Bet365).
Fernando Torres scored Chelsea’s consolation goal against United before missing an absolute sitter, that will no doubt appear in “Football Nightmares” videos from now until the end of time. He is still available to back at a best price of 26.00 (Bet365) to finish as the Premier League’s top goal scorer.
Manchester City had found themselves 2-0 up thanks to a Sergio Aguero brace, but goals by Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy rescued a point for Fulham. Aguero is Rooney’s main market rival according to the bookmakers, at a best price of 4.00 (Bet365 & Stan James).
William Hill are now offering a juicy 11.00 about Manchester United ending the 2011/12 Premier League campaign undefeated, while Sir Alex Ferguson is as short as 2.38 to win the Manager of the Year award.