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Premier League on Betfair: Another fabulous weekend for champions elect

The situation is looking bleak for David Moyes and his Sunderland team at the bottom of the table
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It's been another crucial weekend in the Premier League at both ends of the table, and Mike Norman is here to update some of the key markets...


"Sunderland remain the favourites for the drop in Betfair's Relegation market, available to back at [1.11], just ahead of Middlesbrough at [1.17]. Hull can be backed at [1.52], with the layers expecting Palace, [4.2], and Swansea, [4.4], to be the two clubs of the bottom five to secure their Premier League status."

Chelsea have shortened to [1.05] to win the Premier League title - the lowest price they've been matched at all season - after a late winner at Stoke on Saturday sent them 13 points clear of the chasing pack overnight.

A Gary Cahill winner in the 87th minute appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for those hoping to catch Antonio Conte's men, and although Tottenham reduced the gap back to 10 points on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Southampton, the title is, and has been for a long time, very much Chelsea's to lose.

Spurs will be delighted with their victory given that Arsenal once again lost on Saturday, and Manchester City and Liverpool both dropped points after playing out a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in the final game of the weekend.

In the Top 4 Finish market Tottenham are now as short as [1.2], though Arsenal were the big drifters, now out to [4.2]. Liverpool and City still trade at odds-on to finish in the Champions League qualifying positions but hot on their heels are Manchester United, [2.34], who earlier beat Middlesbrough (see below) to move up to fifth in the table.


North East duo look doomed after further set-backs


Middlesbrough's top flight status looks under serious threat after the Teesside club lost its first game since Aitor Karanka's sacking last Thursday, when going down 1-3 at home to Manchester United.

With Steve Agnew in temporary charge there were groans amongst the Boro faithful when he named a similar line-up, and the exact same defensive-minded formation, as his predecessor Karanka.

And although Boro enjoyed plenty of possession they'd only managed a single shot on target by the time United took a 2-0 lead midway through the second half thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard.

Agnew did switch to a more attacking formation immediately after, and it nearly paid dividends when substitute Rudy Gestede halved the arrears with 10 minutes remaining. But United held firm and grabbed a third deep into stoppage time when Antonio Valencia took full advantage of a goalkeeping error to walk the ball home into an empty net.

Boro's defeat leaves them 19th in the table, five points from safety, and their position is only slightly better than north-east rivals Sunderland who could only manage a goalless draw at home to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Cats are now without a win in any of their last six home games, and in the last four of those matches they've failed to score a single goal.

Crystal Palace improved their chances of beating the drop with a 1-0 home win over Watford, making it three consecutive league wins for Sam Allardyce's side, but Hull and Swansea both suffered defeats, losing 4-0 and 2-0 at Everton and Bournemouth respectively.

Sunderland remain the favourites for the drop in Betfair's Relegation market, available to back at [1.11], just ahead of Middlesbrough at [1.17]. Hull can be backed at [1.52], with the layers expecting Palace, [4.2], and Swansea, [4.4], to be the two clubs of the bottom five to secure their Premier League status.


Lukaku brace catapults him to Top Goalscorer favourite


Romelu Lukaku is the clear market leader in the Top Goalscorer market after he scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season on Saturday afternoon.

The Belgian's late double puts him two clear of Harry Kane, but with the Tottenham striker currently on the sidelines it's Lukaku who trades as the strong [2.12] favourite - matched at a high of [42.0] earlier in the campaign - to finish the season as the leading marksman.

Kane, who has been matched at a low of [1.95], has 19 goals to his name but can currently be backed at [10.0] following the news that he is likely to be out for the next five-six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Diego Costa (17 goals) is the second favourite currently at [5.8], while Alexis Sanchez (18 goals) can be backed at [8.0].


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