Arsenal and Chelsea’s title odds drift as punters prefer north west

Andre Villas-Boas will have to defy odds of 3/1 if he is to lift the Premier League title in his first season as Chelsea manager.

Arsenal have been consistently on the drift ever since the Premier League title odds for the 2011/12 season were defined at the end of last season and they are now available at 10/1 having opened at 7/1.

With very few developments in the transfer market recently and with Manchester United and Manchester City’s Premier League title odds remaining the same, it’s strange to see both London title challengers on the drift.

The money is coming for the teams in the north west and punters believe the title is heading to Manchester this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side remain the solid favourites at 13/8 and with speculation abound that a deal has been agreed for Wesley Sneijder, those odds are likely only to shorten.

Manchester City are 7/2 to win the league and have been solid at that price for a long time, even in the face of the Carlos Tevez transfer saga and Mario Balotelli’s behavioural problems.

The trio of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are a long way clear of Arsenal, who are now the same price as Liverpool to win the league, and it seems it’s a three-way race for the title.

Robeto Mancini’s men are 10/11 to win the league without Manchester United and Chelsea and having signed Sergio Aguero, it’s hard to see Manchester City giving up their third place to Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur.

The final top four spot is up for grabs though with Arsenal available at 4/7, Liverpool at 1/1 and Tottenham Hotspur at 11/4.