Manchester City are the new 5/6 favourites to win the Premier League title according to Ladbrokes with Liverpool out to 5/4 and Chelsea 14/1 outsiders.
The thrilling Super Sunday saw the most significant change to the title betting to date this season with Chelsea’s unheralded win at Anfield as 9/2 underdogs enough to hand City the upper hand in the race, forcing the bookies to chop their title odds to 5/6 favourites from 5/1. As a result Liverpool drift to 5/4 from 1/7 with Chelsea also more than halved to 14/1 (from 33/1).
Liverpool – backed in to 4/6 for the match from 11/10 in the week – were subject to such confidence in-play that despite trailing Chelsea 1-0 at half time they remained 4/9 favourites to lift the Premier League.
The bookies are now confident that the race will go to the wire with 1/8 the price offered about the destination of the trophy being decided on the last day of the season. It’s 5/2 (from 6/1) goal difference is the deciding factor.
Should Liverpool go on to win the title this season they will do so as the biggest pre-season underdogs (33/1) since Aston Villa defied the odds in 1980/81.
At the other end of the table Sunderland’s victory all but condemned Cardiff to the drop at 1/25 with Norwich and Fulham 1/3 to join them. Sunderland were as short as 1/12 to go down before their remarkable run of results and as such now find themselves out to 11/4 to end up falling through the trap door.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Liverpool were backed like defeat was out of the question. That gamble went astray and as such so have their title hopes – in one fell swoop The Special One has made rivals City title favourites again.”
He added: “When it comes to this being one of the most exciting finishes to a Premier League season in history all bets are off. The betting suggests the FA will need to get the helicopter on standby.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Manchester City 5/6
Title won on goal difference 5/2 (from 6/1)
Title won on the last day of the season 1/8
Aston Villa 10/1
Current bottom three to go down