Carling Cup price-cuts and Lee Clark – Your mid-week market movers
With little to preview in terms of matches tonight, Football Scores has been taking a look at some of the movers and shakers in the markets this morning, where there have been some interesting changes over the past couple of days.
October 27th, 2011
First up, we’ll review the action from last night’s Carling Cup, where a Manchester City “second string” side that cost almost £124m to assemble, hammered Wolves 5-2 at Molineux.
Goals from Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri, an own-goal from Dorus De Vries and an Edin Dzeko brace gave City the win and passage to the next round of the competition that they’d least like to win, but are nonetheless favourites to win it, having been cut from a general 4/1 to a best of 3/1 with Sportingbet to take the League Cup back to Manchester.
Not far behind at 10/3 with BlueSQ are cross-city rivals Manchester United, who let their kids (and Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov) loose on Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.
Chelsea and Liverpool, who last night overcame tricky away ties at Everton and Stoke respectively, can both be had at 5s, with Arsenal at 6/1.
Beyond that, you’re very much into “outsider” territory, with Blackburn at a best if 28/1 with Bwin. The same bookie is also by far the best price on both Crystal Palace and Cardiff at 66/1.
Elsewhere, interesting news in the vacant manager’s job at Leicester City, where Lee Clark was made the odds-on favourite by Sky Bet to take the job at the King Power Stadium.
The Huddersfield Town boss, who has not ruled himself out of the job, was cut to 5/6 yesterday (a cut from 25/1 on Tuesday) and although he has drifted slightly to evens this morning, he remains the favourite to replace Sven.
It’s quite a mixed market, with Mark Hughes or Billy Davies considered being the second favourite, depending on your bookie of choice. Some of the more surprising names in the frame include Rafael Benitez, who is as little as 8/1 with William Hill, Gordon Strachan (with prices ranging from 10/1 to 33/1) and Carlo Ancelotti, as little as 14/1 with Sky Bet. Original favourite Martin O’Neill has drifted out to 8/1 with Stan James.