Wed, Dec 6, 11:12am by Staff Writer
Manchester United prepared for their upcoming vital clash with Manchester City, with an emphatic victory over Arsenal. In doing so they ended Arsenal’s impressive home form which had not seen them lose a game at Emirates since January.
Defensive lapses from Arsenal allowed United to run out to an early lead. As they capitalised fully from two mistakes by Arsenal defenders. Alexandre Lacazette gave the home side a glimmer of hope before Jesse Lingard extinguished that to seal the 3-1 victory. David de Gea is United’s goal keeper and he recorded a record number of saves, as Arsenal pushed for the draw.
The win shortened United’s odds of claiming a first EPL title post Sir Alex Ferguson, as they moved from $12 to $10. Despite the loss Arsenal also improved to $36 from $61.
After kicking off the season with a number high scoring games, Manchester City have had to show another side to their quality. Once again, this weekend, they were forced to come from behind to register a victory over West Ham United. Two second half goals restored their eight-point advantage over their rivals at the top of the league. Whilst City were not at their best, they still managed to come away with a crucial three points ahead of next weekend’s derby. City dropped slightly to $1.11. Whilst West Ham’s likelihood of being relegated shortened to $2.10 from $2.63.
Chelsea remained in touching distance of the two Manchester clubs, as they ran riot at home to Newcastle. The away side will wonder what they have to do, as they once again went ahead early in the game only to concede several goals, just as they had at Old Trafford recently. Chelsea bounced back from the early set back to score three goals of their own to move to $19.
A counter attacking masterclass from Liverpool against Brighton was not enough to see them shorten their odds on the title. The 5-1 win did nothing to their price of $36. Although it did see Brighton’s chance of relegation move from $4.33 to $4.
Spurs could only come away with a point from Watford on Saturday, as they struggled to repeat their early season form. They are slowly slipping off the pace that their title rivals are setting as they dropped dramatically from $26 to $101. Spurs have shown in the big games against the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid, that they are capable of performing but they need more consistency to win the EPL.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the league, things continue to get worse for Swansea City. A 2-1 loss to Stoke saw them continue to be favourites for drop priced at $1.22. Followed by West Ham, and then Huddersfield priced at $2.10. Who were convincingly beaten away from home against a rejuvenated Everton side.
EPL Winner – Sportsbet
Man City $1.11
Man Utd $10
EPL Relegation – Sportsbet
West Ham $2.10
Crystal Palace $2.80
West Brom $2.88
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