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Liverpool title odds slashed following Old Trafford stroll

| 16.03.2014

After a weekend of classic title run-in twists and turns, Liverpool are still third-favourites to win the Premier League for the first time come May, although Ladbrokes have slashed the Reds’ odds to take the trophy from 11/2 to 7/2 following their easy win at Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers’ side can count themselves unlucky to be heading back down the M62 with only three goals to their name without reply, as the hosts’ right-back Rafael should have been awarded a second yellow card on 34 minutes after conceding the first of three Liverpool penalties.

Home skipper Nemanja Vidic was eventually sent off in the 78th minute, prior to Reds captain Steven Gerrard failing to complete his hat-trick from the spot and Luis Suarez capping David Moyes’ miserable afternoon with a late effort from close range.

Ladbrokes’ odds on Moyes becoming the next Premier League manager to leave also took a huge tumble, from 22/1 to 4/1, following the 3-0 defeat against United’s greatest rivals.

The soon-to-be-deposed champions’ season now rests on them beating Olympiacos by three clear goals in their Champions League second-leg clash at Old Trafford, which they can be backed to do at 3/1.

Manchester City have retaken title favouritism at 1/1 after the latest round of matches, which saw Aston Villa’s ‘Fabulous’ Fabian Delph down Chelsea with an audacious finish in the Midlands.

Having gone into the weekend as odds-on favourites to win the Premier League in Jose Mourinho’s second ‘first season in charge’, the west London Blues are now out to 15/8 after that 1-0 defeat, which saw Brazilian duo Willian and Ramires receive their marching orders.

The gap between Chelsea and Liverpool is now just four points, while the Reds have played a game fewer.

City are a further two points back in fourth, although they have two games in hand on Liverpool and three on Chelsea, while third-placed Arsenal can be backed at 16/1 following their 1-0 win against Spurs, despite being level with the Reds having played the same number of fixtures.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune