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Manchester City remain top after Chelsea and Liverpool draw

Tue, Oct 9, 9:39am by Staff Writer

The English Premier League will embark on its second international break after eight games this season.

There is a three-way tie atop the standings, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all undefeated this season.

Two of those sides faced off last weekend, with Liverpool and Manchester City meeting at Anfield.

Given the wealth of attacking players on display for both clubs, it was a shock 0-0 result at full-time.

The result won’t displease either side and favours City in the title race, given they have taken a point from their travels, something they were unable to do at the ground last season.

City is priced at $1.67 to win the Premier League, with Liverpool the next best at $3.50.

There were few shots on goal for both sides, with only four shots on target between them.

Both clubs played away midweek in Champions League fixtures, which may explain the lacklustre showing from both.

Chelsea kept their unbeaten streak going with a 3-0 win at Southampton on Monday morning (AEDST).

The Blues were impressive in the first hour, but only gained ascendency in the match in the latter stages.

Eden Hazard scored after 30 minutes to give the visitors the lead, with Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata finding the back of the net as well.

Southampton had two or three golden chances to score but struggled to finish and are in 16th spot on the table, with just one win this season. They are $5.50 to be relegated.

United scrape past Newcastle

Manchester United dug themselves out of a 2-0 hole to beat Newcastle 3-2 and ease the pressure on under-fire coach Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils looked all at sea as the winless Magpies scored early goals through Kenedy and Muto. United left their comeback late, with goal to Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez sealing a much-needed comeback.

They are $101 to win the title this season.

This campaign goes from back to worse for Newcastle who squandered a two-goal advantage. They are among the favourites to be relegated this season, priced at $2.75 and are second last on the table.

Arsenal’s long midweek trip to Azerbaijan did little to fatigue Unai Emery’s side as they surged past Fulham 5-1.

The Gunners scored four second half goals, including a sublime side-footed goal by Welsh international Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal move up to fourth in the standings and are $41 to win the Premier League. They have won nine games in a row in all competitions.

Tottenham kept in touch with the top four with a 1-0 win against Cardiff at Wembley. The Spurs put a disappointing 4-2 loss against Barcelona midweek behind them to record a victory against the bottom placed team in the league.

Cardiff remains without a win this season and are priced at $1.20 to be relegated.

West Ham United’s return to form in recent weeks came to a halt as they were defeated by Brighton 1-0.

The Seagulls move to 13th with the result and recorded their second win of the season. A Glenn Murray goal in the 25th minute was enough for the hosts to secure victory. West Ham are 15th on the league table.

Hornets thumped at home

Watford’s good early season form has disappeared as the Hornets were thumped 4-0 at home against Bournemouth.

The visitors have strung together consecutive wins and benefitted from a Christian Kabasele red card in the first half.

Goals to David Brooks, Callum Wilson and a brace from Josh King ensured victory for the Cherries, who move up to sixth spot on the table with the win.

Wolves continued to pile misery on Crystal Palace, who has only two wins from eight starts this season.

Matt Doherty scored in the 56th minute and it was enough for the visitors, despite having little possession at Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield was unlucky not to come away with all three points from its trip to Turf Moor, drawing 1-1 with Burnley.

The hosts took the lead after a dominant first half through a Sam Vokes goal. Christopher Schindler scored in the 66th minute for the Terriers as they pressed for a second goal but were left wanting.

They remain winless this season and are $1.35 to be relegated.

Everton strung together consecutive wins with a 2-1 victory against Leicester.

An early Richarlison goal gave the visitors the lead, before Ricardo Pereira answered just before half time.

Gylfi Sigurdsson provided the match winner for the Toffees in the 77th minute to earn them all three points.

EPL Title Odds

Manchester City $1.67

Liverpool $3.50

Chelsea $8

Tottenham $34

Arsenal $41

Manchester United $101

Relegation Odds

Cardiff $1.20

Huddersfield $1.33

Newcastle $2.75

Burnley $2.88

Fulham $3

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