Premier League Betting: Title odds flip-flop as Reds move back on top
The Premier League title market sees some changes as Liverpool take charge once again. Jasmine Baba analyses the markets.
City crush Crystal
Manchester City had the early match of the day as they looked to move back on top of the table and seek vengeance from the reverse fixture when Crystal Palace had pulled off an unbelievable 3-2 win at the Etihad in December.
They started off effortlessly, and it wasn't long until Player of The Year and Young POTY hopeful Raheem Sterling found the net after 15 minutes. The first half was just dominant from the defending champions, having 78% of the possession and only allowing Palace to have two attempts, one on target.
It looked to be going the same way after the restart, with Sterling once again scoring 18 minutes in the second-half. However, with Pep Guardiola making two changes straight after the goal to accommodate his upcoming fixture congestion, it seemed to unsettle the squad.
And in the 81st minute, Luka Milivojevic edged those nerves more, whipping in a free-kick to halve the Eagles' deficit. All of a sudden, City's comfortable lead looked in danger.
That only lasted a good part of nine minutes however, with Gabriel Jesus killing off the game to make it 3-1 and to put the Citizens back on top of the table, and level on games played with Liverpool, before they kicked off their match later that afternoon.
The Premier League Title odds had City at [1.6] before the Palace kick-off. Shortening slightly before the second match of the day.
Their rivals, were at [2.6].
All eyes on Anfield
So, back in Liverpool's hands.
Breaths were drawn; the coincidence of the Liverpool at home to Chelsea and Manchester City away to Crystal Palace replicated the same weekend of 2014, when the Reds were in the driving seat for the title, but a Steven Gerrard infamous slip that handed Chelsea the win, derailed that season.
Could something of the sort happen here too?
The first half was very cagey. Even though the hosts had most of the possession (62%), both teams only managed one shot on target. The Blues were defending well, but were forced to make a change at the back after Antonio Rudiger suffered an injury.
The second half was where Liverpool came alive and six minutes into it, the deadlock was broken. Sadio Mane being the man who found the net.
But then there was magic.
Just two minutes later, Mohammed Salah scored something that could only be described as world class. He curled the ball with his left foot past Kepa Arrizabalaga, seemingly out of nowhere. One to watch on Match of the Day if you haven't seen it on Twitter already.
That made it 2-0, and for all the late pressure the visitors put on Liverpool, they didn't look close to scoring.
The result sees Liverpool go back on top, two points clear with an extra game played. The Premier League title market has cut them from that [2.6] to [2.2].
The defending Champions, meanwhile, have drifted from [1.6] to [1.82].
Can City keep winning and catch up with their game in hand? Only time will tell.