Tue, Dec 19, 12:07pm by Staff Writer
Following their derby day victory to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the EPL, Manchester City have continued to go from strength to strength. Yet more wins in midweek and again this weekend have seen them narrow to as little as $1.02 to win the title. Whilst the season is long, it does appear that they could well be to far ahead of their rivals.
Those chasing will need to keep grinding out victories just as their closest rivals on the ladder, Manchester United, did with a win over West Brom. The 2-1 margin appeared far from convincing, but the three points are all that matter at the moment as they look to put any kind of pressure on City. United will need Romelu Lukaku to keep in his current scoring mood if they are to close the gap and win the league priced at $19.
There does not appear to be much hope for the title to remain outside of Manchester in 2018. With Chelsea the nearest threat now 14 points off the pace. They edged out Southampton with a 1-0 win over the weekend in an attempt to give themselves any chance of retaining the title. They stand at $61.
Despite a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth, Liverpool fell well out of contention to $91. That win moved them up to 4th place ahead of Arsenal who themselves may well have to forget about the title priced at $101.
With City seemingly well in control, the fight begins now to secure a top four finish and with it qualification for the Champions League. United top the prices at $1.05 followed by Chelsea ($1.22), Liverpool ($1.67), Arsenal ($2.25) and Spurs ($2.88). Although they currently sit in 6th place above Spurs, Burnley are a real outside bet at $501.
At the other end of the table the big winners were Crystal Palace. Who’s emphatic 3-0 win over Leicester lifted them out of the relegation zone. In turn lengthening their price for the drop from $2.50 to $4.33.
Meanwhile Newcastle shortened to $2.40 from $4 following their loss away to Arsenal. It was a fourth straight defeat for the Toon Army who need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. With the loss sending them into the bottom three.
West Brom’s loss to Manchester United kept them in danger of relegation at $2.10. Whilst Swansea remained rooted to the bottom of the table after a loss to Everton in the last game of the weekend. They are favourites to be relegated at $1.25.
Man City 1.02
Man Utd $19
West Brom $2.10
Crystal Palace $4.33
West Ham $6
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