With only four games to go in the 2010 English Barclays Premier League, soccer betting is certainly hotting up as people punt on which of the sides they believe will emerge as the title winners this year.
Heading into the tail end of the season, each and every match is of high stakes with each point crucial – making each match thrilling to watch.
Currently topping the table are Chelsea FC with 77 points to their name – four points clear of the rest of the league.
Heading into the tail end of the season, each and every match is of high stakes with each point crucial making each match thrilling to watch.
Favourites to win the 2010 FA Cup, the Blues are ironically up against Portsmouth FC in the final – who have already been relegated from the Premier League this season.
The London powerhouse are still strong contenders to do the double – the FA Cup and the Premier League, dominating odds for the latter at $1.14.
Having won the premiership twice, Chelsea certainly look set to claim their third championship this year, with their remaining fixtures being away against Spurs, home to Stoke, away to Liverpool and home to Wigan, looking set to be a safe bet.
Defending title winners Manchester United FC are next in the odds at $7.
The 11-time winners of the premiership would claim their third consecutive title if they managed to emerge victorious in this title chase.
However the Red Devils have a touch derby-match this weekend away from home against Manchester City who have found impressive form this season, Spurs at home, away to Sunderland with Stoke travelling to Old Trafford on the last day of the season.
United will be pleased with the crucial loss Arsenal suffered to traditional rivals Spurs during the week, which all but ended the Gunners’ title campaign.
Tottenham face Chelsea this weekend and United on the 24th of April, and have their own agenda, hoping to finish in the top four to claim their UEFA Champions League spot for next season.
If Chelsea manage to beat Spurs on Saturday at White Hart Lane, and United lose to City, the title race will be a one-contender affair as Chelsea would emerge from the weekend seven points clear with three games to play – making it their title to lose.
Fellow London side, Arsenal FC are still in the running, but have a practically impossible challenge in front of them – depending on both United and Chelsea losing some of their reaming matches.
The Gunners still have to travel to Wigan, are at home to Manchester City, away to Blackburn Rovers and end at home to Fulham FC to culminate their season.
They are currently at odds of $26 to win the title – and while a handsome sum, is incredibly unlikely to happen after Chelsea’s impressive form, however to the loyal Gunner is always a satisfying punt.
When it comes to the winner without the ‘big four’ of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – Manchester City FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC are the two main challengers at $1.50 and $2.75 respectively.
City have a tough end of season fixture list with United, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Spurs and West Ham making up their final run.
Spurs are in good form at the moment with their unexpected 2-1 win over Arsenal, but still have Chelsea, Man Utd, Bolton, Manchester City and Burnley to play.
The market is close and with good reason, however Spurs may well be the better bet proving they can compete with the big boys – although the deciding match may well be the 5th of May clash between the two contenders at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Aston Villa FC are also in the running with long odds of $17.
Despite sitting six points behind Spurs on the ladder, Villa have the easiest of remaining fixtures of the three, facing Pompey and Hull away, home to Birmingham, away to Manchester City and finish at home to Blackburn.
While it is not an easy line up – the toughest clash is against City, and if they win, closes down the gap on the ladder, so could be a worthy wager.
To place a bet on the title-race for the 2010 English Premier League, or just to check out the latest odds, head to Ladbrokes.com.au today!