BOOKIES just love draws and they were licking their lips after a full house on super Sunday in the English Premier League.
Four consecutive stalemates at Birmingham, Sunderland, Liverpool and Spurs saw firms enjoy one of their most lucrative Sundays for years as punters endured an afternoon of frustration.
There were some who predicted all four matches to finish level and they got odds of 103-1 with Ladbrokes.
I tipped the ones at Liverpool and Spurs on the site after a decent Saturday when my treble came up as well as five homes and four on the five to follow. Both lines were let down by Southampton being held 0-0 at home to Notts County.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “Draws are invariably good news for the bookies and to get one after another was fantastic.
“As the afternoon wore on we were expecting our luck to change but we've finished the weekend out in front. There are some accas out there that will take the shine off it but we're happy enough.”
Man United's failure to beat Spurs at White Hart Lane was the best result of the weekend for the bookies. United have been cut to 9-1 to complete the season unbeaten and are 4-6 to win the league.
Spurs are out to 33-1 while it's 7-2 Arsenal, 6-1 Man City and 8-1 Chelsea.
William Hill make United bigger at 11-1 to stay unbeaten – have them 5-6 favourites to lift the title. It's 3-1 Arsenal, 6-1 Man City, 13-2 Chelsea and 25-1 Liverpool.
Avram Grant is out to 11-2 still to be West Ham boss on the final day of this season and it's
1-10 he is away by then with Martin O'Neill being lined up to take over.
Kenny Dalglish has yet to lead Liverpool to victory and William Hill have opened a book on when that will finally happen. They make the Reds 1-1 to win their next game against Fulham and 22-1 not to win any of their next five.
Despite Liverpool having yet to win under Dalglish, he is 5-4 favourite to get the Liverpool job on a permanent basis with William Hill also going 9-2 Frank Rijkaard, 11-2 Owen Coyle, 8-1 Andreas Villas-Boas and 10-1 Martin O'Neill.
West Ham are 9-4 with William Hill to finish bottom of the Premier League with Wigan 5-2 second favourites. It's 11-4 Wolves, 12-1 Blackpool, Birmingham and WBA, 14-1 Fulham, 25-1 Aston Villa.
To be relegated the firm go 8-13 West Ham, Wigan, 8-11 Wolves, 3-1 WBA, Fulham, 10-3 Blackpool, 4-1 Birmingham, 9-2 Aston Villa.