• Sun 11 Dec, 2016
  • 06:15 GMT
  • 02:15 ET (GMT-4)
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Manchester City new title favourites

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
Title winner
Manchester City 5/6
Liverpool 5/4
Chelsea 14/1

Title won on goal difference 5/2 (from 6/1)

Title won on the last day of the season 1/8

Relegation
Cardiff 1/25
Norwich 1/12
Fulham 1/5
Sunderland 11/4
Aston Villa 10/1

Current bottom three to go down
Yes 1/3
No 9/4

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