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Liverpool a good chance to break-up Manchester’s EPL dominance

Fri, Oct 13, 12:56pm by Head Editor

With Manchester rivals City and United deadlocked at the top of the Premier League table, it could be up to Liverpool to separate them this weekend.

City and United both have 19 points and a five-point lead atop the standings heading into the eighth round, with City ahead only on goal difference.

And while City is the heavy favourite to beat Stoke, United’s trip to Liverpool could prove problematic.

A win on Saturday would give United a club-record 22 points after eight EPL games.

But Liverpool may have failed to beat United in six EPL matches since a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in 2014, the Reds have lost just one of the last 14 home games in all competitions.

William Hill is giving United only the slightest edge over Liverpool, paying $2.60 for the win and $2.70 for a loss, with $3.25 for a draw.

City, meanwhile, have won nine matches and drawn one of their 10 encounters in all competitions this season as it prepares to host 13th-placed Stoke.

While City earned a classy 1-0 win at Chelsea before the international break, Stoke has proved it can surprised bigger teams with a 2-2 over Arsenal and a 2-2 draw with United.

City is on just $1.15 to retain its EPL lead, with a whopping $17 for Stoke and $3.25 for a draw.

Tottenham’s surge up the ladder is expected to continue when the third-placed Spurs host Bournemouth.

Spurs trounced Huddersfield 4-0 before the break and are not expected to have any difficulties.

But while Tottenham has risen into its top three, it is yet to win a match this season at its temporary home ground, Wembley.

The bookies are tipping that drought to be broken, paying $1.20 for a Spurs win, $13 for Bournemouth and $6.50 for a draw.

Defending champion Chelsea thrashed Stoke before the break and now faces another lopsided contest at bottom-placed Crystal Palace.

Palace is yet to score a goal or earn a point from seven matches this season and a loss to the Blues would appear to be a foregone conclusion.

Chelsea is on $1.36 to beat its London rivals, with $10 for an unlikely loss and $4.50 for a draw.

Fourth-placed Arsenal will to continue its resurgence with a win at Watford.

After losing two in a row in August, the Gunners have won six of their past seven games along with a respectable 0-0 draw at Chelsea, and are six points off the lead.

Despite beating Swansea 2-1 before the break, Arsenal is the heavy $1.61 favourite to take the points, with $5 for a loss and $4.20 for a draw.

Aaron Mooy is back at Huddersfield after Australia’s late victory over Syria this week and will look for another win this week at Swansea.

While it is still not certain Mooy will feature for Huddersfield after his long-haul flight back to the UK, the EPL newcomers are paying a tempting $3.75 to beat favourite Swansea, which is at $2.10.

Suggested Bet: United and Liverpool to draw: $3.25

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