Tue, Apr 10, 11:40am by Staff Writer
Manchester United produced a remarkable comeback to deny their rivals, City, the EPL title this weekend. Victory in the Manchester derby would have seen them lift the title in front of their oldest rivals at the Etihad. Whilst the title will still undoubtedly be theirs, City squandered the chance to put the icing on the cake in front of their fans.
First half goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Godogan put City in control, but it was United who stole the show in the second half. Under pressure midfielder Paul Pogba returned to his best form as he brought United level with two goals in quick succession. Chris Smalling then struck the winner to ruin City’s party.
City remain at $1.005 to win the title whilst United’s best hope is a miracle priced at $251.
Spurs have virtually guaranteed their place in the top four of the EPL with victory over Stoke coupled with other results going for them. Both Liverpool and Chelsea dropped points this weekend meaning Spurs moved to $1.005 to secure Champions League football for next season. Christian Eriksen’s second goal of the game gifted them the win but that will now be contested as Harry Kane claims to have scored the goal in a strange turn of events.
Whilst the Manchester derby had all the goals and headlines, the Liverpool derby was a rather drab affair with both sides coming up scoreless. The 0-0 draw between Everton and Liverpool did little to damage the red side of the city’s hopes of a top four finish at $1.01. In a match of little excitement, it was the two goalkeepers who took centre stage with Jordan Pickford and Loris Karius were the stars of the show.
Chelsea failed to capitalise on Liverpool dropping points and remain in 5th place, ten points away from the top four. It is still mathematically possible for them to reach the leading pack, they stand at $21. A home draw with West Ham, however, was not the result to inspire any late season drives for Champions League qualification.
At the other end of the table it is possible for West Brom to secure the points they need to remain in the EPL next season with five games remaining. They sit ten points adrift at the bottom of the league and are priced at $1.005 to finish there. A 1-1 draw at home to Swansea is unlikely to have seriously boosted their hopes.
Stoke’s loss to Spurs left them even further in the battle for relegation as they stand at $1.20. Four points separate them from safety with Southampton the only other side above them in the relegation zone. The Saints lost 3-2 to Arsenal despite going ahead early at the Emirates through Shane Long. They stand at $1.91 to be relegated.
A potentially vital away draw against Brighton has not given Huddersfield much hope as they are priced at $2.37 to return to the Championship. They will need Aaron Mooy to be at his best in the closing stages of the season.
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