William Hill has forecast the end of the so-called “big four” in the Premier League after forecasting Manchester City to snatch a seat at England’s top table.
With a Champions League on offer, Hills are predicting an end to the usual quartet of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United taking the top spots once again this year, offering just 1/2 that Roberto Mancini’s big spenders will take their place.
Chelsea (1/25) and Man Utd (1/20) are considered to be certainties by the bookmaker but the two remaining spots look to be very much up for grabs, with both City and Arsenal priced at 1/2 to make the top four and 6/4 to miss out.
Liverpool are then down at 2/1 to make the cut and 4/1 not to, ahead of last year’s fourth placed side, Tottenham, at 11/4 to repeat the feat.
Hills are also offering 6/4 on a “four-cast” of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City to make up the Premiership elite.
"In our opinion the Premiership has never been more open with perhaps six genuine contenders for the title and the old Big Four might just be a thing of the past!" said Hill's
spokesman Rupert Adams.
Chelsea are the 13/8 favourites to win the title outright, ahead of Manchester United at 5/2 and Man City, who have overtaken Arsenal to become third favourites at 9/2. Arsenal are priced at 6/1, ahead of Liverpool at 14/1.