Tue, Apr 17, 11:10am by Staff Writer
Manchester City were officially confirmed Champions of the EPL this weekend following their win over Spurs and United’s shock loss to West Brom.
City bounced back from a nightmare week that saw them drop out of the Champions League to Liverpool and lose to United in the league, with a comprehensive victory over Spurs. They were in control from the outset and controlled the game throughout at Wembley. Needing five points from the remaining six games they played their part, but it was United who would gift them the title early.
After a dramatic comeback victory over City last weekend Manchester United knew they were the only side who could hold City’s celebrations back. A lacklustre performance, however, against West Brom resulted in a 1-0 loss at home. Whilst it crowned City Champions, the game also gave the Baggies the slightest hope of surviving the drop.
The win still leaves them nine points from safety but could spark life into the struggling clubs season. Although they stand at $1.05 to finish bottom of the EPL.
Stoke were denied a valuable three points against West Ham United, as Andy Carroll’s late equaliser cancelled out Peter Crouch’s goal. The Potters were desperate for the win as they sit five points adrift of safety priced at $1.07 to be relegated. The result boosted West Ham to $23 with them moving seven points clear from the relegation zone.
Three goals in ten second half minutes broke Southampton hearts as they continue to stare down the threat of relegation. Chelsea came back from two goals down to record a victory that leaves the Saints battling for their EPL life priced at $1.45. They are five points from safety.
A second consecutive draw kept alive Swansea’s hopes of being the EPL next season. The Welsh side had to come from behind after a Kyle Naughton own goal but Everton in front. Swansea reacted well after the break as Jordan Ayew secured a vital point in the relegation fight with his side priced at $4.50 to be relegated.
An injury time winner from Tom Ince boosted Huddersfield’s hopes of survival with victory over Watford. The result moved them seven points from danger, although they remain priced at $5 so are not clear of the fight just yet.
In the battle for Champions League qualification for next season at the other end of the table, Liverpool continued their fine form. A 3-0 win over Bournemouth saw them shorten to $1.01, a price they are joined on by Spurs. Both sides and Manchester United appear to have the top four sealed with seven points behind in 5th place.
Relegation Top 4
Stoke $1.07 Liverpool $1.01
Southampton $1.45 Tottenham $1.01
Swansea $4.50 Chelsea $26
Huddersfield $5 Arsenal $126
West Ham $23
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