Premier League on Betfair: Jagielka saves Everton as City and Chelsea march on

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa teamed up again to great effect for Chelsea
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa teamed up again to great effect for Chelsea

Luke Moore rounds up all the betting action after a dramatic afternoon in the Premier League...

"The hapless Queens Park Rangers are now just 1.9420/21 for the drop and you'd be a brave bettor to oppose that, based on their recent performances."


It was a hugely eventful afternoon in the English top flight today, not least in the Merseyside derby at Anfield where Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils.

Steven Gerrard put the home side in front with a magnificent free kick and he was matched at 15.5 in the First Goalscorer market, but well into injury time Phil Jagielka rescued a point for the Toffees, rifling the ball into the roof of the net from distance, a goal that was matched at 26.025/1. The 1-1 traded at 32.031/1 on Betfair's Exchange and Liverpool are now a massive 42.041/1 to go one step further than they did last season and lift the Premier League trophy.

Chelsea secured a relatively routine win at home to Aston Villa, as that man again Diego Costa found the back of the net after Oscar opened the scoring, something matched at 11.010/1 on the Exchange. Willian added a third from close-range to secure a 3-0 win, a scoreline traded at 9.08/1. Chelsea remain 1.654/6 hot favourites for the title.

Manchester City came up against rather more resistance than would have been anticipated at the KC Stadium as they faced Hull, but they eventually won out 2-4, a scoreline matched at a big 75.074/1 in the Correct Score market. The other Manchester side struggled to an unconvincing win over in-form West Ham, who could have snatched a point if not for a controversial disallowed goal late on, but Louis van Gaal's men sneaked it by a 2-1 scoreline. Wayne Rooney was sent off for violent conduct. United are now available to back at 1.538/15 for a top four finish.

Down on the south coast Southampton continued their great form, casting aside QPR and former boss Harry Redknapp 2-1 thanks to a fine goal from Graziano Pelle. The hapless Queens Park Rangers are now just 1.9420/21 for the drop and you'd be a brave bettor to oppose that, based on their recent performances. In the afternoon's other game, Sunderland and Swansea duked out a 0-0 draw which traded as high as 12.011/1 in-play.

The spoils were also shared in the tea-time kick-off as Arsenal were held 1-1 by Tottenham in the north London derby.

Nacer Chadli - matched at 25.024/1 to score the first goal of the game - opened the scoring early in the second half but with just over 15 minutes remaining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured that neither set of fans would take home the bragging rights. The 1-1 Correct Score was matched at 9.417/2.

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