Tue, Dec 12, 10:50am by Staff Writer
In a weekend dominated by the Manchester derby, there was still lots of action across the EPL. City, however, moved 11 points clear of their rivals after winning 2-1. Their title credentials will truly be put to the test in the coming festive weeks as the games pile up. With United and the rest hoping that they come unstuck.
Away from the top two, Liverpool and Chelsea both dropped points in crucial derbies to drop to $41 each. With both sides now well of the pace from City.
A contentious penalty decision, that really angered Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, allowed Everton to steal a point from Anfield. Wayne Rooney gladly stepped up to convert, after a relatively soft push from Dejan Lovren on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Whilst Chelsea failed to close the gap on Manchester United in 2nd place, as they went down to an inspired West Ham side. Marko Arnautovic sealed the clubs first win under new manager David Moyes to condemn Chelsea to a 4th loss this season.
Arsenal also failed to capitalise on Manchester United’s loss, to at least cut down the gap from 2nd, as they drew with Southampton. They need a late Olivier Giroud equaliser eased the pressure on the away side as they fell from $36 to $67 in the title race.
Despite registering an emphatic win over Stoke City, Spurs ended the weekend where they started on $101. The dominant performance keeps them in 6th place in the EPL as they look to mount a remarkable comeback after some average performances in recent weeks.
Away from the top of the league, Swansea remain favourites for the drop at $1.36. A much-needed win over fellow strugglers West Brom was not enough to remove their favourites tag. That result means that West Brom have shortened from $2.88 to $2.30.
Crystal Palace moved back to the bottom of the EPL, following Swansea’s result and only being able to secure a draw against Bournemouth. Christian Benteke’s penalty miss in injury time could well cost Palace later in the season. They moved from $2.80 to $2.50 to be relegated.
West Ham’s win over Chelsea saw them improve to $2.88 from $2.10, giving the Hammers fans hope for survival. Whilst Huddersfield Town remain in contention despite a 2-0 home win over Brighton this weekend. They stand at $2.70.
EPL Winner – Sportsbet
Man City $1.04
Man Utd $9.50
EPL Relegation – Sportsbet
West Brom $2.30
Crystal Palace $2.50
West Ham $2.88
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