CHELSEA have a five-point lead over four sides but that should change today.

The Blues are being tracked by Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and Spurs and didn't lose ground in the title race despite being held 0-0 at Aston Villa last night.

But with City traveling to Blackpool today the gap should be cut to two points. Promoted Blackpool have been the shock success of the season with four wins but three of them have been on their travels so Roberto Mancini's men should head to Bloomfield Road full of confidence.

City should bank three points and are a best 8-13 with firms such as William Hill and bet365. Blackpool are as big as 5-1 with the likes of Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.

Chelsea are now 8-11 with William Hill not to be headed by any other club at the top of the table for the remainder of the season and evens to lose first place at some stage.

Hills make Chelsea 4-7 to win the title and go 7-2 Man Utd, 15-2 Man City, 8-1 Arsenal and 80-1 Spurs.

Sir Alex Ferguson is 7-4 not to be in charge of United at the start of next season according to Ladbrokes.
They go 2-5 Fergie is still in charge at Old Trafford but have opened the market on the back of demands from punters asking for the Scot to call time on his managerial career following yesterday's 2-2 draw at home to West Brom.

West Ham's Avram Grant remains favourite at 5-2 to be the next EPL boss to leave his job with Liverpool's Roy Hodgson 7-2 and Ferguson 33-1 from 50-1.

HIlls are betting on who will leave his role at Manchester United first – Ferguson or Wayne Rooney – and offer 4-7 Sir Alex will cease to be manager before Rooney ends his playing career at Old Trafford. That's despite reports from England today that the England star will be sold in January.

United are, however, the last unbeaten side in the EPL and are 33-1 with Hills not to be beaten this season.

Hills believe Fergie will recall Rooney to the starting line-up for the midweek Champions League game against Bursaspor and the England striker is 7-1 to leave the club during the January 2011 transfer window and 7-2 to do so during the next close season.

Elsewhere today Everton and Liverpool go into the Mersey derby sitting 19th and 20th in the table – with
both managers in the firing line after disastrous starts.

But while Everton are growing in confidence on the park all the talk down Anfield way has been about the sale of the club.

The blue half of the city have only lost one game in five and last time out claimed their first three points of the campaign at Birmingham.

A repeat of that display will give them every chance of beating a Liverpool side short of confidence.

Everton are a best 6-4 with totesport while Liverpool are 85-40 at Chandler. The Reds are
4-9 with Paddy Power to finish the season higher than their rivals (13-8) while Roy Hodgson is 4-9 to be out his job before Moyes (13-8).

Both to finish in the bottom half pays 20-1 with Paddy Power while either team to be relegated is 9-1.

With the tension surrounding the game I can see a red card and that pays 2-1 with William Hill.

In the SPL, Celtic are aiming to maintain their 100 per cent record and stay neck and neck with Rangers as they head for Tannadice.

It's a tough test for Neil Lennon's men but they will be desperate not to lose ground on the champions before next week's Old Firm clash.

United traditionally make it tough for Celtic and Rangers but I reckon the Parkhead men will edge this one although best odds of 8-11 with 888sport aren't that tempting. United are a biggest 4-1 at Betfred with the draw 14-5 with Chandler.

At 8-11 for both teams to score I'd prefer that with 888sport than Celtic just to win.


Both teams to score (yes)

  • Blackpool v Man City
  • Dundee Utd v Celtic

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