Crucial Premier League Matches after New Year's

Published December 30, 2010

Crucial Premier League Matches after New Year's

All 20 teams in action on the weekend as five teams vie for title race.

The English Premier League sees a full round of crucial matches on the New Year's Day weekend, continuing a packed fixture that has seen all teams play at least three matches within an eight-day period.

Sports Lines

In the pick of the matches, third-place Arsenal travels to lowly Birmingham, who would be brimming with confidence after holding league leader Manchester United to a draw on Tuesday.

In the title odds, William Hill now has Manchester United as a solid favorite, although the form of cross-town rival Manchester City means the premiership is now genuinely a four-horse race.

And finally, in manager odds, Roy Hodgson is under the gun at struggling Liverpool, with Hills now offering 8/11 on him being out of a job by the first day of next season.

Here are the picks of the William Hill sports betting odds for this coming week and the rest of the season:

- January 1 fixtures: Birmingham 9/2, draw 13/5, Arsenal 4/6; Stoke 13/8, draw 21/10, Everton 9/5, Liverpool 13/20, draw 11/4, Bolton 9/2; West Brom 5/1, draw 3/1, Man Utd 11/20.

- Title odds: Man Utd 11/10, Chelsea 3/1, Arsenal 4/1, Man City 7/1, Tottenham 25/1.

- Next manager out: Avram Grant 9/4, Roy Hodgson 11/4, Gerard Houllier 4/1, Mark Hughes 9/2, Mick McCarthy, Carlo Ancelotti 6/1.

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