Dimitar Berbatov came back to haunt his former club, grabbing the only goal of the game for the Cottagers at White Hart Lane to leave Spurs in fourth, just four points above rivals Arsenal who have played a game less.
The Gunners are in to 5/6 via Betfred to end up in the Champions League places after they picked up a crucial three ponits at Swansea while Chelsea’s victory over West Ham means the Blues are 1/6 (Coral) in the same market.
Next in the betting at 12/1 courtesy of BetVictor, are Everton, who beat champions Man City 2-0 at Goodison Park and neighbours Liverpool are out to 22/1 at Ladbrokes in the wake of their damaging defeat at Southampton.
Meanwhile, City’s loss on Merseyside, allied with Manchester United’s triumph against struggling Reading means the gap at the top is now 15 points. Subsequently, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are 1/100 at best with Bwin to land the title, with City now 50/1 at Paddy Power to retain the trophy.
“If the title race wasn’t already over, it certainly is now”, said Betrescue spokesman Chris Hutcheon, “but the battle for the top four is certainly hotting up with Arsenal now in hot pursuit of their North London rivals.”