Sports Betting: Chelsea the only value left at 8-1

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CHELSEA LOOK the only scrap of value left in the Premiership betting following a weekend in which the main contenders all won. The bookmakers feel the title rests between Manchester United and Arsenal, but Chelsea and Leeds are still quoted and, while it is hard to see Leeds pulling off a shock, Chelsea are overpriced at 8-1. They are seven points off the pace, but have a game in hand and could easily amass a further 21 points to end on 77, a total their rivals will struggle to match if they slip up.

Down among the dead men it is "no offers" Nottingham Forest to go down, but the other two tickets to Palookaville are up for grabs and a study of the remaining fixtures suggests Coventry, Everton and Leicester could be surprise strugglers.

On the Euro front, Manchester United are favourites for the European Cup and look bound for the final after drawing Juventus, lucky to get past Olympiakos in the quarter- finals and deeply unimpressive at Roma to home on Sunday. The mystery is why the superb Dynamo Kiev, having laid to rest their off-season hoodoo by kicking out Real Madrid, the holders, in the quarter-finals, remain the outsiders of four.

Parma have shortened as favourites for the Uefa Cup after drawing the inconsistent Atletico Madrid in the semis while Marseilles, tipped ante- post in this neck of the woods at 20-1, are a top-priced 3-1 after drawing Bologna. In the CupWinner's Cup Lazio, on course to win the scudetto, are odds-on after drawing Lokomotiv Moscow in the semis. Chelsea, the holders, face the smart defensive outfit Real Mallorca.

PREMIERSHIP

C H L S T

Man Utd 8-15 1-2 4-9 8-15 4-6

Arsenal 2-1 2-1 9-4 2-1 9-4

Chelsea 15-2 8-1 8-1 13-2 4-1

Leeds 28-1 33-1 50-1 50-1 50-1

TO BE RELEGATED

H S T

Nottm Forest n/o n/o n/o

Charlton 1-3 2-5 2-5

Southampton 4-7 4-9 4-9

Everton 11-4 11-4 2-1

Coventry 11-4 11-4 3-1

Blackburn 3-1 7-2 3-1

Leicester 10-1 10-1 9-1

Sheff Wed 10-1 10-1 10-1

EUROPEAN CUP

C H L S T

Man Utd 11-5 2-1 2-1 15-8 2-1

Bayern Munich 11-5 11-4 9-4 5-2 9-4

Juventus 11-4 5-2 5-2 3-1 3-1

Dynamo Kiev 10-3 10-3 4-1 10-3 10-3

UEFA CUP

C H L S T

Parma 6-5 11-8 13-8 11-8 13-8

Marseilles 3-1 11-4 11-4 11-4 5-2

Bologna 3-1 10-3 3-1 7-2 7-2

Atletico Madrid 5-1 4-1 7-2 5-2 10-3

CUP WINNERS' CUP

C H L S T

Lazio 5-6 8-11 10-11 4-5 8-11

Chelsea 15-8 2-1 7-4 2-1 7-4

Real Mallorca 11-2 13-2 6-1 6-1 13-2

Lok Moscow 12-1 12-1 10-1 11-1 16-1

C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote

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