Bookies Pay Penalty For Balotelli Late Winner

Bookmakers William Hill were left counting the cost of Mario Balotelli’s controversial late winning goal for Manchester City against Spurs – ‘The difference between City winning the game and it being a draw was into seven figures for William Hill alone and must have cost the industry £5m+ as punters steamed into the Manchester double, pairing City to beat Spurs, with United beating Arsenal’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Fans Start Chamber-Layin Into Arsene

As Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left the Emirates field to a chorus of boos, there hinted the first signs of dissatisfaction towards Arsene Wenger from the Arsenal faithful. William Hill offer 13/8 that Arsene Wenger is no longer Arsenal boss come the end of the season. Oxlade-Chamberlain is 6/4 to be in England’s Euro 2012 squad and 8/13 to be in Team GB’s Olympics squad. Danny Welbeck bagged the winner for Manchester United and Hills make him 2/1 to start the first game of the Euros for England.

“There was a real feeling of discontent around the Emirates as Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off and the usually steadfast support of Arsene Wenger appears to be crumbling at the moment,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

William Hill make Manchester City the 2/5 favourites to win the Premier League, after their last minute penalty helped to maintain their three point lead over 9/4 Manchester United. Spurs however are out to 16/1 while another defeat for Arsenal has left them at 150/1.

With the two Manchester sides seemingly having sewn up a top four finish at least, the race is on to fill the other two spots, with Spurs 1/5, Chelsea 2/5 and Arsenal 2/1, while Spurs also lead the race to win the league without the two Manchester sides at 8/11.

Premier League winner: 2/5 Manchester City; 9/4 Manchester United; 16/1 Tottenham; 50/1 Chelsea; 150/1 Arsenal; 500/1 Liverpool

Top four finish: 1/5 Spurs; 2/5 Chelsea; 2/1 Arsenal; 7/2 Liverpool; 25/1 Newcastle; 100/1 BAR

Winner without Manchester: 8/11 Tottenham; 13/8 Chelsea; 13/2 Arsenal; 20/1 Liverpool; 250/1 Newcastle

Top London Club: 4/6 Tottenham; 13/8 Chelsea; 11/2 Arsenal; 100/1 Fulham; 200/1 QPR

Oxlade-Chamberlain to be in Euro 2012 squad: 6/4 yes; 1/2 no

Oxlade Chamberlain to be in Team GB & NI football team for Olympics: 8/13 yes; 6/5 no

Danny Welbeck to start England’s first Euro 2012 match: 2/1 yes; 4/11 no

Arsene Wenger still at Arsenal on the 1st game of 2012/13 season: 4/9 yes; 13/8 no

Joe Crilly
Press Officer
Twitter: @footy_joe

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