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The Punter: Top dogs Blackpool net quick Premier League pay out

Blackpool was rocking after that Premier League start — a tremendous 4-0 away win at Wigan.

The next game is at Arsenal and the outcome of that one will provide a better idea of whether or not the future is orange in terms of top flight survival.

Layers still make Ian Holloway's newcomers evens favourites to be bottom come next May while on the contrary, Holloway is 20-1 (Hill's) to pick up the manager of the season award.

Incidentally, Hill's have paid out at 25-1 to those who backed Blackpool to be table-toppers at some point, which they were for a few hours on Saturday before Chelsea hit West Brom for six.

Meanwhile, after that horrible start, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is 11-4 to be the next Premier League manager to be out of a job while Hill's offer 9-1 that Roberto Di Matteo and Roberto Mancini will join him in being out of a job by the end of the season.

Mancini is evens to survive the campaign at Eastlands and while there will many doubters about City, that is a decent bet.

Liverpool and Arsenal who shared the points in their opener at Anfield, are rated 8-11 to lift a trophy between them this season, but evens not to may appeal more.

Hill's: Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool to finish as the top four: 2-7 no; 5-2 yes.Blackpool's finishing position: First 2000-1; Top four: 250-1; Fifth-10th 12-1; 11th-17th 3-1; 18-19th: 15-8; Bottom: evens.

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