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The Punter: Owen hurts those quick on the draw

Michael Owen’s late, late, late show with that winning goal at Old Trafford on Sunday, left bookmakers on the ropes as another weekend of results went against them.

Those happy ‘railway shunters’ who latched on to Man United at 119-1 on Betfair in the 90th minute when Craig Bellamy gave Man City what looked like a share of the points, were not complaining about the referee’s decision to add on an extra seven minutes.

On the contrary, there were burnt fingers and curses galore not only from the traditional bookmakers, but also from those who backed the draw at 1.01 |(1-100) once Bellamy made it 3-3. More than £70,000 was matched on that market.

Over the last three weeks, 15 odds-on favourites have obliged in the Premier League and with Celtic also coming in on Sunday with a last-gasp winner against Hearts, the layers have been over a barrel.

And it could get worse for them this weekend as there will be seven Premier League teams quoted at odds-on which will most likely see punters playing up on the ‘accies.’

Boylesports are quoting 9-1 that it will be another blank occasion for those looking for draws — there have been only four in the Premier League so far.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “We would have been a substantial seven-figure sum better off if only the referee had blown 30 seconds earlier at Old Trafford.”

One thing which became clear after the first of the season’s Super Sundays. The old order has been restored as to where the title will end up.

Even at this point in time, it is virtually a two-horse race between the champions United and Chelsea who have now notched up six successive wins under Carlo Ancelotti.

After their 3-0 win over Spurs, the London Blues hold a three-point advantage and at 5-4 favourites, must be backed.

In any match-bet, that sort of price represents value and another reason for taking it, is that stakes can be saved by also having a few quid on the Red Devils (5-2).

City have drifted out to |14-1, but remain 11-10 to finish in the top four which is not beyond them if they can get their defence organised.

Those interested in betting on the first two in the correct order, should have a reverse forecast on Chelsea and United.

A level stake bet at odds of 2-1 and 11-4 respectively will ensure a profit.

Premier League straight forecast (Hill’s): 2-1 Chelsea-Man Utd; 11-4 Man Utd-Chelsea; 8-1 Chelsea-Liverpool; 9-1 Chelsea-Arsenal; 12-1 Man Utd-Liverpool; 14-1 Chelsea-Man City; 16-1 Liverpool-Chelsea; 20-1 Man Utd-Arsenal, Arsenal-Chelsea. 25-1 bar.

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