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Top sides tipped to bounce back as Manchester City extends EPL lead

Thu, Feb 1, 4:51pm by Staff Writer

Liverpool will be looking to gain a share of second place on the Premier League ladder this weekend as Manchester City extended its lead after a slew of midweek top-of-the-table upsets.

City leads the EPL by 15 points after 25 matches as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all lost in shock results.

Tottenham, which downed United 2-0 on Thursday, next travels to meet a Liverpool side on a high after downing Andrew Mooy’s Huddersfield Town 3-0.

The Reds lost their previous encounter against Spurs 4-1 in October, but Sportsbet is tipping the Anfield advantage will make the difference.

Liverpool is on $2.10 to take the points on Monday (AEDT), with a tempting $3.30 for Tottenham and $3.75 for a draw.

City’s seemingly insurmountable lead looks secure with a trip to seventh-placed Burnley on Saturday.

The Citizens trounced West Bromwich Albion 3-0 this week and in heavily favoured to claim another decisive win.

City’s 12th straight EPL home win, thanks to goals from Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and

Sergio Aguero, took them to 68 points – level with the 1960-61 record held by Spurs.

City came back strongly from an early deficit to down Burnley 4-1 in the FA last month and is on just $1.28 to repeat the feat, with $12 for a loss and $5.50 for a draw.

United, meanwhile, takes on 17th-placed Huddersfield in what could be a precursor a just-as-important encounter later this month in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

While United was upset this week, Huddersfield has not won in seven games and has just 19 goals in the EPL this season.

Despite a strong performance from Socceroo Mooy in the loss to Liverpool, Huddersfield will need another of early-season, giant-killing performances on Sunday with Jose Mourinho’s side at just $1.14 to win against a whopping $26 for a loss and $8 for a draw.

After a demoralising 3-0 loss to 10th-placed Bournemouth, Chelsea has plenty to prove when it heads to Watford on Tuesday.

While Watford could only manage a 0-0 draw against Stoke this week, defending champion Chelsea is looking out of place among the top three in the second half of the season.

Antonio Conte’s London side suffered one of his worst EPL in recent years after Bournemouth scored three second-half goals in the space of 16

At $1.57 for a win and $6 for a loss, the odds are with Chelsea, but the result is far from assured.

Arsenal looked dismal in a 3-1 capitulation of 19th-placed Swansea and its hopes of European football next year took a hit as it dropped to sixth place.

Everton’s 2-1 win over Leicester this week was its first in six matches and the bookies are pessimistic that two-in-a-row is in the offing.

The Gunners are tipped to bounce back against Everton on Sunday, paying $1.25 for a win, $12 for a loss and $5.50 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Liverpool and Tottenham to draw: $3.75

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