There were no nasty surprises for Manchester City on the final day with the title favourites wrapping it up in comfortable fashion. Joe Dyer reports on the final day of the 2013/14 Premier League title...
"City are the early favourites in betting on next season's title race, trading at 2.829/5, ahead of 3.65 Chelsea and 6.86/1 Manchester United. Liverpool are 7.87/1 to go one better."
No nerves this time.
Manchester City are Premier League champions for the second time in three years after a bloodless defeat of West Ham at the Etihad.
Going off at 1.192/11 in the match odds, a patient City did what was expected of them, dominating possession and probing their opponents before breaking the deadlock. Samir Nasri, backed at a high of 14.5 to score first, was the hero, firing home from the edge of the box with 40 minutes gone.
Captain Vincent Kompany eased the City fans' nerves with his side's second and last goal of the game shortly after halftime. Cue party time in the stands - they had to wait until injury time to do that last time.
Liverpool, the last remaining rivals in the title race, were praying for a slip from City but it was they who located the banana skin, gifting Newcastle the opening goal when Martin Skrtel put the ball past Simon Mignolet on 20 minutes. It was the Slovakian's fourth own goal of the season. The unfancied Geordies were backed at 14.013/1 to hold the halftime lead.
A two-goal salvo in the second-half ensured Liverpool won their final game but with their title rivals winning it was never going to be enough and they finish two points behind City in the final table.
City, the antepost favourites for the Premier league title, traded at a high of 10.09/1 in the winner market with Liverpool backed in to 1.182/11 after a stunning nine-match winning run.
The key game in the title race came with Chelsea's visit to Anfield where a Steven Gerrard slip let Demba Ba in to score as the Blues pulled off an upset win to derail Liverpool's title charge. Then came that infamous Monday night at Selhurst Park where Brendan Rodgers' side somehow contrived to lose a 3-0 lead when backed to win at odds of 1.011/100.
In between those two results City negotiated their way past Everton to ensured they held the whip hand, beating Aston Villa and then the Hammers to land the title.
City are the early favourites in betting on next season's title race, trading at 2.829/5, ahead of 3.65 Chelsea and 6.86/1 Manchester United. Liverpool are 7.87/1 to go one better.
Full Breakdown of the Final Day Results
City 2-0 West Ham
City were backed at a high of 10.09/1 to win the Premier League
City are 2.829/5 favourites to win the title next season
Samir Nasri backed at 14.5 to score first
City touched 4.67/2 to hold the halftime lead
Vincent Kompany backed at 12.011/1 to score
Under 2.5 goals backed at 6.86/1
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle
Liverpool traded at a low of 1.182/11 to win the Premier League title
Liverpool are 7.413/2 to win next year's title
Luis Suarez backed at a high of 36.035/1 to finish top Premier League goalscorer
Newcastle backed at 14.013/1 to be leading at HT
Newcastle traded at a low of 2.568/5 to win when leading midway through the second-half
Over 3.5 goals backed at 1.331/3
Newcastle/Liverpool backed at 34.033/1 in the halftime/fulltime market
Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea Win - 6.611/2
Craig Bellamy First Goalscorer - 24.023/1
1-0 Half Time Score - 10.519/2
1-2 Correct Score - 11.010/1
Cardiff backed at a high of 34.033/1 to finish rock bottom of the Premier League
Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace
The Draw - 15.5 (Palace matched at 1.05 to win)
Dwight Gayle First Goalscorer - 11.521/2
Over 3.5 Goals - 17.5
2-2 Correct Score - 32.031/1
Hull 0-2 Everton
Everton Win - 2.26/5
James McCarthy First Goalscorer - 48.047/1
0-2 Correct Score - 12.5
Norwich 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal Win - 2.021/1
Aaron Ramsey First Goalscorer - 9.89/1
Carl Jenkinson To Score - 26.025/1
0-2 Correct Score - 12.5
Southampton 1-1 Man Utd
The Draw - 4.84/1
Rickie Lambert First Goalscorer - 8.27/1
1-0 Half Time Score - 6.05/1
1-1 Correct Score - 10.09/1
Sunderland 1-3 Swansea
Swansea Win - 4.1
Nathan Dyer First Goalscorer - 17.5
0-2 Half Time Score - 25.024/1
1-3 Correct Score - 40.039/1
Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa
Tottenham Win - 1.584/7
Paulinho First Goalscorer - 10.519/2
Penalty Taken - 3.55
3-0 Correct Score - 14.5
West Brom 1-2 Stoke
Stoke win - 9.417/2
Stephane Sessegnon First Goalscorer - 9.08/1
1-2 Correct Score - 15.5