Tue, Jan 16, 11:03am by Staff Writer
Manchester City’s incredible winning run was ended this weekend by a resurgent Liverpool. Despite losing Phillipe Coutinho in the January transfer market to Barcelona, Liverpool were the first English side to beat City in 33 games.
The 4-3 victory highlighted the best and worst that Liverpool have to offer this season. Their attacking threat has the potential to rip apart the best defence in the league as shown as they surged to a 4-1 lead. Although characteristic defence lapses almost let City back into the game. An area of great concern for Liverpool fans is the back four. Despite the win they remain at $61 to win a first EPL title.
Whilst the loss will have hurt City, they still have a comfortable cushion at the top of the league. With their closest rivals 12 points behind them. Manchester City remain as solid favourites to win the title at $1.02.
Manchester United cut the gap to City in Monday’s match as they beat Stoke comfortably 3-0. The Red Devils edged ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea to retain 2nd place on the ladder outright. With United now priced at $36. Stoke, meanwhile, face relegation at $2.50 but have just appointed a new manager in Paul Lambert who will be looking to turn things around.
Chelsea could only manage a second draw in a row in the EPL as they struggled to narrow the gap at the top. They struggled to break down a Leicester side who will be pleased with the point that they took away from Stamford Bridge. Chelsea moved to $76 to win the league on the back of growing concerns for Antonio Conte’s men.
A positive festive period for Spurs has put them in a position to mount a serious challenge on the top four. They will be hoping to secure an automatic Champions League position for next season. An emphatic 4-0 win over Everton this weekend saw Harry Kane became their all-time leading goal scorer in the EPL. They remain 18 points adrift of City and stand at $101.
Arsenal can virtually write off their title hopes as they fell to a 2-1 loss to Bournemouth. Things could get worse for the Gunners with the news Alexis Sanchez is likely to leave in the next week. They are priced at $226.
Welsh side Swansea remain favourites for the drop as they are four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the EPL. A 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Newcastle ($2.88), saw Swansea shorten to $1.20 from $1.22.
Alan Pardew’s West Brom secured their first win since he took over as manager and ended a 20-match winless streak in the process. Goals from Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson saw the Baggies past Brighton who saw themselves fall further into the relegation fight. Without a victory in their last four games Brighton now stand at $2.63 whilst West Brom moved to $1.72.
EPL Outright Winner
Man City $1.02
Man Utd $36
West Brom $1.72
Crystal Palace $13
West Ham $15
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