Premier League on Betfair: Fascinating run-in expected at both ends of the table

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It's looking like relegation for Alan Pardew's West Brom following another defeat on Saturday
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Liverpool's defeat at Manchester United has opened the door slightly for Chelsea to get back into the top four, while at the bottom of the table West Brom look to have gone, but who will join them. Mike Norman rounds up the significant betting markets...

"The Baggies are trading at [1.04] in the Relegation market and at [1.12] to finish Rock Bottom."

Although Manchester City are just four wins away - three if one of those wins is over Manchester United on 7 April - from winning the Premier League title, there is still lots to play for at both ends of the table with the Top 4 Finish and Relegation markets expected to go right down to the wire.


Reds the big losers in top four battle

Liverpool were the only top four contender to drop points in the latest round of fixtures as they went down 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds actually started their away game at Manchester United as favourites to take the points but two first half goals from the recalled Marcus Rashford give Jurgen Klopp's men a mountain to climb.

Liverpool enjoyed much more of the possession and continually threatened to get back in the game, but just an Eric Bailly own goal midway through the second half was all they had to show for their efforts; United winning the game despite just recording two shots on target.

Chelsea regained winning ways later in the day with a victory far more comfortable than the winning score of 2-1 suggests against Crystal Palace, while north London sides Arsenal and Tottenham both won on Sunday afternoon by three goal margins, beating Watford (3-0) and Bournemouth (1-4) respectively.

Despite Liverpool's defeat the Top 4 Finish market still believes that Klopp's men will claim a Champions League place, trading at [1.18] they are fourth in the table, four points clear of Chelsea who can be backed at [3.5]. United, [1.02], look almost certain to finish in the top four, while Spurs, [1.19], have a healthy five point cushion over fifth-place Chelsea.


Baggies look to have gone

With just eight games of the season there are still 10 teams potentially in danger of being relegated with 11th-place Brighton sitting on 34 points and seven clear of the drop zone.

West Brom now look to have an impossible task to beat the drop with Alan Pardew's men now eight points from safety following Saturday's heavy home defeat to Leicester.

The Baggies are trading at [1.04] in the Relegation market and at [1.12] to finish Rock Bottom.


Potters and Saints also fancied to go down

Who will join West Brom in next season's Championship is anyone's guess though the market believes Stoke, [1.84], and Southampton, [2.92], are the two most likely teams.

The Potters face Manchester City on Monday night, and defeat in that match will leave them 19th in the table though just one point away from safety.

Crystal Palace actually occupy the final relegation spot currently but it's 17th-place Southampton - who lost 3-0 at Newcastle on Saturday - that are more fancied to go down given their tough fixture run-in. Five of the Saints' last eight league games are away from home, while at St Mary's they have to welcome both Chelsea and Man City.

West Ham, [3.3], Palace, [3.6], and Huddersfield, [3.9], are next in the market; the Hammers suffered a 0-3 home defeat to Bunley at the weekend meaning they now sit just three points above the drop zone, while the Terriers drew 0-0 with rejuvenated Swansea and are four points above the relegation places.


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