Shock Wolves loss severely hurts Manchester City’s title bid

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After beating Chelsea last month, Manchester City genuinely started to be seen as title contenders and potentially the only team capable of stopping the champions, however they’re now eight points off the pace after being beaten 2-1 by Wolves.

The Citizens earned credit in defeat a week ago when they pluckily fought on against Arsenal despite Dedryck Boyata’s early dismissal, however it’s a lot harder to find positives after a loss to a side that hadn’t won a Premier League match since the opening day of the season.

Instead, the talk will again centre around Manchester City’s dependence on Premier League joint-top goalscorer Carlos Tevez, provider of seven of their 13 strikes so far this season after they failed to net from open play in his absence.

Roberto Mancini’s men have gone out from 7/1 to 14/1 to win the title after their stumble was compounded by victories for Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, however if fourth is their ultimate ambition this term they can at least take heart from Tottenham’s defeat.

The Lilywhites once again left Old Trafford empty-handed, with the hosts wrapping up the three points courtesy of a joke second goal where Nani poked the ball home as Heurelho Gomes’ prepared to take what he believed was a Spurs’ free-kick for handball.

While Manchester City were the biggest outbound movers in the title betting, Arsenal took significant strides inwards from 6/1 to 5/1 to finish first after a “performance of champions” against occasional bogey team West Ham.

They weren’t at their best, unlike the magnificent Robert Green, who may have finally silenced his critics once and for all with another fine display at the Emirates, but snatched a just about deserved three points thanks to Alexandre Song’s late winner.

Chelsea are in to 4/9 after their triumph at Blackburn. See the full Premier League betting odds market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.