Date: 29th December 2008 at 10:04am
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Liverpool gave a great performance yesterday, thrashing Newcastle 5-1 at their own backyard, Shay Given being man of the match. Still, the latest odds from WillHill indicate that they regard now United as the favourites for the title.

Many were made of Chelsea’s new manager; pundits predicted the Blues would sweep the floor with Scolari in charge as these inexperienced wannabes like Wenger and Ferguson have no chance against the mighty Brazilian.

It only goes to show that journos are stupid. Chelsea are by no means invincible, they are not on course to win the title by a massive margin as a few have predicted. Credit to their real fans though who refused to buy into the hype even when they were thrashing everyone.

Yesterday Chelsea were unconvincing at Fulham and though two lucky goals gave them a lead they were pegged back at the end and dropped two more valuable points. The result? You would think that now Liverpool are the title favourites. Bookies think no: they regard Manchester United as the main contender now.

Of course, what bookies say is largely irrelevant though I must say, their odds usually better reflect the chances then media opinion (if I recall correctly, at the start of last season Chelsea and United were the favourites for the Champions League and we all know where it ended). But it’s worth a laugh: Liverpool scored eight goals in two games, top the table, currently ten points clear of us yet it’s United who are installed as new favourites after squeezing past Stoke with a thoroughly unconvincing display.

With three home games in hand and with our excellent home form to take into account, it’s no surprise that the reigning champions are still regarded as favourites. Now the job is to prove that we are worthy of this tag and make the most of the fact that we have the easiest fixture list by far in the second half of the season.