Bookies: It's Chelsea's title

2010-05-03 13:03

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The 2009/10 English Premiership title is heading to Stamford Bridge with one round of fixtures remaining, say the bookies.

Chelsea, who beat Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday, currently hold a one-point lead atop the Premiership standings (83 points after 37 matches) with Manchester United, 1-0 winners over Sunderland on Sunday, in second position (82 points after 37 games).

Chelsea face Wigan at home on the final day of the season, while United are up against Stoke at Old Trafford.

Leading South African bookies, GreatOdds, have Chelsea on offer at 1/12 to win the title, while United can be backed at 11/2.

United are the defending champions and are looking for a record 12th title since the Premiership's inception in the 1992/93 season.

The remaining match for the two title contenders are as follows:

Chelsea: Played 37, 83 points

Wigan (H) - May 9, 17:00

Manchester United: Played 37, 82 points

Stoke (H) - May 9, 17:00


  • Richard - 2010-03-08 12:59

    Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham,Man City, Stoke, and the bookies think that they will win.This year will go down to goal difference it is so close.

  • The Devil - 2010-03-08 13:24

    Looks like Arsenal have the easiest run at the moment.... eish. tough draws for United and chelsea....

  • Bob - 2010-03-08 14:44

    Gooners will do it. They've done this seaon in what is normally the ManU fashion. Lose against the few Big Teams, but thrash the numerious Little teams.

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-03-08 14:57

    Tough games still ahead for all 3 title contenders ! Just wish we (LFC) were still in the mix. Oh well - we have our own "top of the log" battle to contend with (4th place) - so there might be some upsets for both Chelsea and Man U. when they play Liverpool. Who will benifit the most from these results remains to be seen. I am sure LFC would love to beat both these teams - and throw the cat among the pigeons - but somehow I am not sure if Benitez is capable of pulling off "a double" !

  • AL - 2010-03-08 17:07

    Now is about the time when Arse-nal fold under pressure. I think the ManU-Chelsea game will be the ultimate decider.

  • Shaheen - 2010-03-09 11:04

    Looking at the final run-in, City, might have a big say in where the title ends up this season. All three contenders have to play city, and with the gap at the top being so tight, 3 points, won or lost against City may prove vital. But then again, as this season has shown they might all lose to Spurs too... We're in for one helluva finish.

  • Man U - 2010-03-09 12:34

    I don't think any of the top three teams have easier games! Arsenal have games against relegation threatened teams which are probably as difficult as a Chelsea vs Man Utd game or Liverpool vs Chelsea game. Then you throw in the likes of Spurs and City who are fighting for a Champions League spot and things become extremely tricky! I just love the run in / rollercoaster ride during the last 10 games. And for sure, this is what makes the EPL the best league in the world!

  • Ebi - 2010-03-09 13:21

    @ Shaheen - This is not a rhetorical question, perhaps there's a mis-print and you know something i don't, but do chelski also still play city?

  • Georgie Best - 2010-03-09 17:22

    I truly thought they'd have Arsenal as favourites. The bookies know best, whenever they had Man Utd as favourites they brought it home. Bookies don't like to lose their money, so that said, lets wait and see if the meastro pulls if off again.

  • @ Shaheen - 2010-03-15 11:36

    you need to go for one helluva reading class, all 3 dont play city, go watch the IPL....jy praat twak

  • Giggs11 - 2010-03-15 12:13

    @shaheen: only united and arsenal have to play Man City. It will go down to the last day with united needing to lose and chelsea or arsenal needing to win to take the title from united. Seen at OT: MUFC: Not arrogant, just better.

  • Shaheen - 2010-03-15 12:44

    So I mis-read one line in the Chelsea fixture list.... but there's still no denying that Citeh might have a say in the outcome, that's all I tried to point out. Anyways...

  • JJ - 2010-03-15 13:16

    Spurs have their say nicely too.. in succession they play Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd. I think Chelsea might drop points against them. as for those crapping on Shaheen - he is correct in saying that City have a big part to play. Recall a few weeks ago where City took away the points from Chelsea and opened up the race again. @[@Shaheen] 10 11:36 AM - get a grip - go watch IPL ???? go back from where u came to u racist tw*t

  • Fred - 2010-03-15 14:41

    Get your money on Arsenal. Written off half a dozen times and still there in the mix. Best Football to watch outside Spain.

  • Phila - 2010-03-15 16:23

    The games against Liverpool will prove to be very vital for the title contenders, whoever slips up against the Reds will but draw the championship

  • Ricky Bobby - 2010-03-16 11:31

    Its hard to believe that united are still such overwhelming favourites - there fixtures include Chelsea, Lfc and the manchester derby at the city of manchester stadium - I believe that united will drop points or at least in 2 of these games - as for the arsenal v man city and spurs v arsenal - The gunners do posses the quality to overcome these teams - i think the biggest thing for us gooners is to remain focused, win our games and win the league - 4 games at home and 4 away - Fabregas should be fit and lets not forget Van Persie - he wouldv probably added an additional 7 - 9 points for us this season - i wonder if united or chelsea wouldv been in the title race without Rooney or Drogba which i seriously doubt as united is toothless without Rooney GO GUNNERS - all the way

  • Big K - 2010-03-16 13:01

    I think with the exception of Wolves, Arsenal also have difficult games going forward. Chelsea and United literally playing the same teams with the exception of Wigan. @ Shaheen, you totally correct and City might have more of a say for us as its a local Derby and pride is at stake, but since Mancini took over, i feel City have went Backwards and should have stuck to Hughes. Nonetheless, with the form that United are in, i say, bring on anyone, we ready to fight and keep our trophy for a 4th year!!! Hopefully Benni will do us some favours against the Gooners this weekend and maybe even Blackburn. Its an awesome season. Just goes to show the calibre of the Engish game compared to last season, so unpredictable!!! GGMU

  • Dr Phil - 2010-03-16 14:15

    @ Ricky Bobby here we go again...Deja Vu. You guys said the same when CR7 left off-season. What has happened since then, someone else (Rooney) has stepped up and is performing. I have said it before and I will say it again - no single player is bigger than United. The team is legendary and will remain so for many years to come. BTW we don't complain about all the points we lost when we all 9 of our back-line players and had midfielders playing in central defence. So you can bitch and moan about what should have could have been and focus on the remaining games at hand. May the best team win. GGMU

  • REALITY - 2010-03-17 08:00

    @ Dr Phil...the real Dr Phil is a realist, something you clearly are not. Dr Fool, if there was no Rooney this season, Utd would of been fighting for 4th place...the same for the previous years without CR7. Rooney is man utd this season idiot

  • Shaheen - 2010-03-18 09:39

    @REALITY, and so Arsenal is nothing without Cesc, Chelsea without Drogba, etc etc. Forget the if's and but's, what has happened this season is that United is well in the title race when the so-called experts predicted Liverpool would be challenging for top honours with United battling it out for 4th. Arsenal would be ousted from the top 4 with City taking their place and Chelsea finishing runners up. You can speculate for all your worth and harp on what if's, it all comes down to what you do on match day.

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-03-18 10:15

    @ Shaheen: Arsenal nothing without Cesc? I don't know where you've been but we won our last 2 games without Cesc, where u guys played 1 game without Rooney and just about managed to survive with a 1-0 win over relegation bound Wolves, the fact that Fergie pulled all strings to get Rooney back before the AC game says that He knew Utd's only chance of survival rested on Rooney's shoulders, but like u said, lets see what happens match day, because the game is won on the field and not on some forum...

  • Burtfred - 2010-03-22 09:45

    So I don't know much about football, but I do know this: Arsenal will win the premiership this season. I saw it in my tealeaves, so it must be true.

  • united for life - 2010-03-22 14:28

    I see united winning this by a mile and WILL be the FIRST team to win 4 in a row,wow commmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmen UNITED.XXXX ps the gunners will turn the gun on themself,NO way ars@ls going to winxxx

  • @reality - 2010-03-22 14:51

    If you haven't noticed, Rooney plays for United and when individuals play well then the teams performs. Seems obvious to me. To add on to what Shaheen said. Rooney helps United to go from good to great, Csec helps Arsenal go from good to great, Drogba helps Chelsea go from good to great and Torrez helps Liverpool go from bad to average. So every team needs a good player or two to take the team to the next level.

  • Man U - 2010-03-23 10:42

    @Reality: Same applies to Barca. Without Messi, they would be nothing. Same apllies for every club and country! There is always someone that bangs in the goals but a lot of players who create them! So, it's just not Rooney, Torres, Messi or Drogba that's doing it for their respective teams! You would now that seeing you follow soccer?

  • Highlander - 2010-03-23 11:33

    I think Spurs and Man City are going to influence the league winners this year. They are both capable of taking points off the top three. Depending on those results. along with some of the fixtures against relegation threatened teams, there are always a few surprises towards this part of the season. Don't be surprised if the league leaders swap places a few time before the season is over. It has been a great season because the outcome has never been clear cut. Here's to great football for the remainder of the season. YNWA

  • Richard - 2010-03-23 13:39

    Only if Howard Webb refs their games

  • Ryan - 2010-03-23 17:05

    Looking at the remaining fixtures list for the top three , I can't see this season's title race as anything other than a fight to the finish . All of the top three have some tricky games , home and away . May the best team win ie GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED !

  • Aaron - 2010-03-25 09:25

    I hope it comes down to the last game. Being at Old Trafford on that day is going to be glorious for me.

  • STRIKE - 2010-03-25 11:32

    I think we should call it Rooney United then, eish...........some people. Go UNITED Go!!!!!

  • REALITY - 2010-03-26 07:39

    These bookies are in for a shock at the end of the season. Very interesting comments BUT what all these Utd supporters don't realise is that if you take out Rooney from their side, Utd are very much an ordinary team this season. You guys must give credit to Rooney for his individual brilliance and the many points he has gained for Utd this season. As Utd supporters, Trying to compare his role to players of other teams is actually pathethic.

  • Man U - 2010-03-26 10:37

    @Reality: So, what you are saying is that if you take out Drogba from Chelsea, Fabregas from Arsenal, Messi from Barce, Tevez from Man City then those teams will be nothing as well? Please clarify? Ronaldo left Utd and everyone thought Utd would be pathetic this season but someone has put their hand up and taken responsibility. I do not get your point! Neither do the majority of the guys here whether they are Utd supporters or not!

  • REALITY - 2010-03-26 12:16

    @ Man U....My point is quite guys seem to play down his importance to the team by saying that it is the team effort that results in Man U's current position. Messi aside, I think Rooney's influence on Man U's results are much higher than those others mentioned. CR7 had the same effect for the seasons before. CREDIT must be given to Rooney and true supporters will admit this....Ask your manager son....

  • Man U - 2010-03-26 13:32

    @Reality: I would ask my manager but he is out on lunch at the time of me typing this! Obviously Rooney is important for Man Utd! Everyone nows that! But what i am trying to get to is that soccer is played by a TEAM of 11. Of course, credit must be given to Rooney for scoring the goals, BIG UPS TO HIM!!!! But he is also being supplied. He does not dribble the opposition teams from kick-off till the final whistle on his own and scores! Whatever you say, and how you try to justify it, it will never make sense! I don't think Rooney would have had that many goals this season if it was not for Park, Carrick, Valencia, Nani and Fletcher, to name a few, contributions / assists!

  • Deon - 2010-03-29 09:22

    According to stats by Martin Tyler. I do agree that United haven't been their best this season. If United were as strong this year as last they would be miles ahead. But as we have seen this years premier league is different for previous years with all teams losing more fixtures. Premier League table 'minus each team's top scorer' Team Top scorer (goals) Points change New points New position (change) Arsenal Fabregas (12) 1 54 1st (+2) Man Utd Rooney (23) 8 52 2nd (=) Chelsea Drogba (19) 15 46 3rd (-2) Spurs Defoe (16) 6 40 4th (=) Aston Villa Agbonlahor (11) 8 37 5th (+2) Man City Tevez (13) 9 37 6th (-1) Liverpool Torres (12) 9 36 7th (-1) Fulham Zamora (8) 7 30 8th (+1) Stoke Huth/Tuncay (3) 4 30 9th (+2) Birmingham Jerome (5) 7 30 10th (=) Blackburn Dunn (5) 4 30 11th (=) Everton Saha (13) 11 27 12th (-4) West Ham C Cole (9) 3 24 13th (=) Wolves Doyle (6) 4 20 14th (+2) Hull S Hunt (6) 4 20 15th (+2) Burnley Fletcher (7) 3 20 16th (+3) Bolton Klasnic (6) 5 18 17th (+1) Wigan Rodallega (7) 7 18 18th (-3) Sunderland Bent (15) 11 15 19th (-5) Portsmouth Dindane (5) 1 15 20th (=)

  • Mandi J - 2010-03-30 14:25

    i dont know why the other teams even compete for the EPL or why their fans believe in them, cause it was ours(Man U) from the 1st game and should be renamed " Manchester United League" Lol!!!!!

  • Duncan - 2010-04-06 13:52

    It's going to be amusing, if Chelski wins the EPL and then claim to be taking their trophy back to Stamford Bridge, because they only won it twice (3 in total) and with Abramovich's help nogal! Otherwise they would been still stuck on 1 from 1950 or somewhere then. They still gotta win it 10 more times to call it theirs, by then the russian should be gone. At the moment only man utd claim "coming back home" when ver they win it. - FACT!!

  • T - 2010-04-06 14:35

    Are these the same bookies who were articled twice last week, claiming ManUre to be the favorites? Talk about gullibility at it's very best...

  • @Duncan - 2010-04-06 15:32

    Since when does the EPL Trophy Belong solely to Manchester U(Roo)nited???Last I heard the Trophy goes to the team that Wins the EPL for that season.Now Stop being such a f**king JuJu Malema & Grow a pair of balls you trendy bandwagon jumping breker piece of sh!t United twat.You know who wrote this

  • RedDevil - 2010-04-09 21:10

    @the Chelski supporter below, the fact still remains Chelski would have won sh*it all, without Abramovich and u would have had only one title. Thats d difference between Man M(roon)ited and shitty Chelski. Also, the russian is now realising that his model of buying the trophies is becoming unsustainable, because everytime a contract comes up for renewal, there are higher wage demands, to keep up with the rest of the mercenaries. So thats y, Jo Cole's contract as stalled. How is he going to make the club sustainable, build a bigger staduim, Can't do that when he can't even fill the existing one. only opinion is to get fong kongs like you to buy the shirts, and a few sponsors. Max ten years then your type will switch to another team, ironically as you say the next bandwagon

  • TD - 2010-04-12 10:38

    Spurs play Arsenal on Wednesday then Chelsea at weekend after losing FA cup yesterday they have the legs for 3 tough fixtures in a week ?? City won 5-1 and face a shaken United who they need to beat to maintain their hold on 4th (plus its a derby) and they need revenge for the reverse fixture. Totenham will be fresher when they face United and I foresee a draw which will leave United with 1 point out of the 2 fixtures and thus going down to 3rd. Arsenal for their part without Fabreagas and Gallas are lacking some real quality in crucial areas and can be prised open but will win against Totenham but not City.Chelsea may win league at Liverpool.

  • Up the BLUES! - 2010-04-12 10:49

    Man U glory hunters can say what they want and keep slinging mud about this and that as much as they want, not going to slow Chelsea down one bit. Sour grapes thats all. LOL

  • dereksmethurst - 2010-04-13 15:40

    I love the argument that says. 'if Chelsea didn't have Abramovich they wouldn't win anything.' So it's okay for other teams to buy players but not the 'I have more money than you clubs.' Get over it - no matter the money spent you still have to play well enough to win whatever you enter into. Real Madrid ring a bell? Did Portsmouth play in fantasy land the other day and not in reality?

  • Legends - 2010-04-13 17:15

    Ok, its most likely going to be 4 titles (3 to Abramovich), compared to 18 titles, so what?? See the gulf, between the legends and the fong-kongs?

  • Niven - 2010-04-14 12:20

    @dereksmethurst, u have to be a Chelski supporter/fool, do you believe Portsmouth could have won the league. They may win one or two games, if they are lucky. To win the league you need to develop on your own like Man Utd or win the lottery like Chelski. Call it a lottery b'cos Abramovich could have decided to buy any club (liverpool, Villa, etc) and they would have would been up there to challenge for the league. Fact.

  • BrenGunner - 2010-04-14 15:27

    Man City the toughest game for the gunners...Chelsea got liverpool to worry about....Man United got Sunderland lol,Spurs dont got the legs,they looking shakey,hope van persie get a few goals

  • Man U - 2010-04-15 07:04

    @BrenGunner: Spurs don't have legs? Never count your chickens before they hatch boy! Looks like your beloved Gunners have let you down last night. Same applies to all you Gunners that were happy at Man Utd dropping points against Blackburn! However, after all, Arsenal did have the "easier" of fixtures from the top three, but they still remain 3rd!

  • DerekG - 2010-04-19 09:32

    U can get 6/4 man utd with What a good bet. Greatodds isn't even south african FYI.

  • senzo - 2010-04-19 11:14

    little disappointed with arsenal off form shown by the gunners but still mantain we need a big striker upfront to partner Persie or Bendtner and a mobile big defender at the back next time gunners

  • Anon - 2010-04-19 14:00

    @ Ricky Bobby - I hope you eating your comments made on the 16/04/2010 at 11:30am... LOL Sucidal Gunners more like it