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Liverpool and Spurs shorten for top four finish while Saints drift

| 02.02.2015

Southampton have drifted from 11/8 to 7/4 with Coral for a top four finish following a surprise home defeat by Swansea City.

Jonjo Shelvey’s goal gave the Swans their first Premier League win since selling Wilfried Bony, and the Champions League picture is becoming more interesting.

A 3-0 win at The Hawthorns for Tottenham, courtesy of key pair Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, have seen their odds for a top four finish to 11/2 (from 6/1).

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been cut to 4/1 (from 5/1) in that market after beating West Ham United at Anfield, with the returning Daniel Sturridge on target. Sam Allardyce’s Hammers have drifted in the top six finish market to 10/1 (from 6/1) as a result.

In the title race betting, little has changed following Chelsea drawing 1-1 with Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s men are now 1/4 (from 2/9) to lift the trophy, while champions City have shortened slightly to 4/1 (from 9/2).

Despite Everton stopping the rot with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, their odds for a top six finish have lengthened to 20/1 (from 16/1), though they remain short at 1/2 to end this season in the top 10.

John Carver’s first win as Newcastle United head coach results in the Magpies being slashed for a top half finish to 5/4 (from 13/8). That 3-0 victory over Hull City leaves the Tigers mired in the relegation zone, and Steve Bruce’s boys are now even-money (from 5/4) to go down.

Sunderland are major market movers in the dogfight after beating Burnley 2-0. Gus Poyet’s Black Cats are now 11/2 (from 3/1) to lose top-flight status, while Aston Villa have shortened again to 5/4 (from 12/5) after Arsenal dismantled them 5-0 at the Emirates.

That sensational home win for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners only shortens their top four hopes to an odds-on 2/5 (from 4/9). QPR are now 11/10 (from even-money) to stay up after they were sunk on the road yet again, with Stoke City’s Jon Walters hitting a hat-trick.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.