Premier League on Betfair: All square at Anfield as Chelsea nick it at Old Trafford

5May 2013

England - Premier League


Chelsea do their chances of a top four position a world of good after a win at Old Trafford, while Everton's trip to Liverpool ends in a 0-0 draw...


Anfield oversaw a 0-0 stalemate in the second and final Merseyside derby of the season as neither Liverpool or Everton showed enough to truly take the game by the scruff of the neck and go on and win it. The draw was matched at a price of 3.95 on the Betfair Exchange, and 0-0 was matched at a big 16.5 in the Correct Score market.


Everton went closest to breaking the deadlock after what looked like a perfectly legitimate goal was headed in by Sylvain Distin only to be disallowed by referee Michael Oliver for a push on Jamie Carragher, a decision that seemed harsh on Everton.


There were further chances for both sides throughout the afternoon, and Steven Gerrard came close for Liverpool after he rounded Tim Howard and slid his finish goalwards only for Sylvain Distin to be in the right place at the right time to clear it away for a corner.


Both teams remain in the positions they started at kick off, with Everton in 6th and Liverpool in 7th and neither now looking likely to trouble the European positions. In truth, it was two points dropped for Everton whose paper-thin chances of making it into a top four position now appear completely dead in the water. The Toffeemen are now just 1.05 to finish in the Top 6 however, and Liverpool can be backed at 5.0 to overhaul their local rivals.


Elsewhere, at Old Trafford Chelsea visited the champions Manchester United and came away with a vital 0-1 win that sees them almost certain to finish in the coveted top four and secure a place in the Champions League. After knocking on the door for large parts of the game, Juan Mata finally broke the deadlock in the 86th minute, something that was matched at 36.0 on Betfair.


To further compound Manchester United's misery, Rafael was sent off late on for a kick out at fellow Brazilian David Luiz after a brief tussle for the ball. Of course, Manchester United have already won the war having been crowned champions last month, but Chelsea fans will be delighted to have three points in their back pocket ahead of a long journey back to London.


The result doesn't seem to have changed anything in the Rafa Benitez To Go? market though, the Spaniard is still rated at 1.02 to leave the London club, despite guiding them safely to the Europa League final and seemingly securing their place back in the top four after dropping out last season.


Chelsea are now rated at an almost dead-cert 1.13 to finish in the Champions League places.



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Keywords: Premier League, Betfair, Anfield, Chelsea, Old Trafford

Source: Betfair

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