Manchester United are now as short as 2.0 to land the 2011/12 Premier League title after their 5-0 battering of Bolton at the Reebok Stadium, in which Wayne Rooney scored his second hat trick in successive games.
Most bookmakers reacted to United’s goal glut by trimming the reigning Premier League champions odds of a repeat success, and the Red Devils are now a best price of 2.25 with Ladbrokes.
Rooney, who has now notched eight times in United’s last four league encounters – including back to back hat tricks – is a best price of 3.50 (Paddy Power, Ladbrokes) to be crowned as Premier League top scorer come the end of the season.
Manchester City are United’s closest rivals in the Premier League outright betting, at a best price of 3.00 (Paddy Power, Ladbrokes) and their strike force of Sergio Aguero (5.00, William Hill) and Edin Dzeko (6.00, Coral) are just behind Rooney in the top scorer market.
Aguero scored a hat trick of his own in Manchester City’s encounter at home to Wigan earlier today, which ended 3-0 to the Sky Blues, while Chelsea beat Sunderland 2-1 to remain third in the Premier League outright betting, at a best price of 5.50 (Bet365).
Stoke’s surprise 1-0 victory over Liverpool saw the odds of the Premier League trophy ending up at Anfield drift to as large as 25.00 on Betfair.
In the Championship, West Ham United remain title favourites (best price 2.88, Paddy Power) after Carlton Cole’s header made it 4-2 against Portsmouth, though the Hammers had to survive a late rally from Portsmouth which saw Frederic Piquionne sent off and a late Greg Halford penalty reduce arrears to 4-3.
The Hammers are now up to fourth in the table, while Brighton’s late 1-0 victory over Bristol City keeps them at the summit. The Seagulls are a best price of 9.00 (Paddy Power) to still be there come May.
Southampton also continued their good start to the Championship campaign by beating Nottingham Forest 3-2. The Saints are now a best price of 7.00 (Bet365) for Championship glory.
Sheffield United (6.00, Paddy Power) moved to the top of League One with a draw at bogey side Scunthorpe, while Charlton’s 2-0 win over Exeter moved the Addicks into second place (best price 5.00, Coral). Both sides overtook Milton Keynes Dons (10.00, Stan James) who slipped up at Hillsborough in a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday (9.00, Bet365).
In League Two, Crawley were thumped 6-0 by Morecambe but remain favourites for the title, at a best price of 3.25 (Ladbrokes). Crawley slipped to fourth in the table, while Morecambe (best price 21.00, Stan James) now sit proudly at the top, ahead of Rotherham (9.00, Coral) on goal difference.