Premier League on Betfair: Liverpool eight points clear following shock Man City defeat

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Jurgen Klopp had James Milner to thank for a stoppage-time winner against Wolves
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Liverpool needed a stoppage-time winner to stretch their lead at the top of the table before Man City suffered a shock home defeat to Wolves on Sunday. Mike Norman has the details...

"The defeat for City sees them move to second favourites for the title for the first time this season, now trading at [2.42] behind new [1.74] favourites Liverpool."

Liverpool stretched their lead over Manchester City at the top of the table to eight points with a hard-fought win over Leicester on Saturday afternoon, before the Citizens suffered a shock home defeat to Wolves 24 hours later.

The Reds went in search of their 17th consecutive Premier League victory against an in-form Foxes sides, but despite dominating for large periods Jurgen Klopp's men went into the interval with just a solitary one-goal lead, thanks to Sadio Mane's 50th goal for the club.

Liverpool continued to dominate in the second half but failed to add to their lead, though approaching the 70th minute Leicester had failed to register a single shot at goal.

Reds drift in market with dropped points looking likely

But when you fail to make your dominance tell you are more often than not made to pay, and that's exactly what happened in the 80th minute when James Maddison equalised for Brendan Rodgers' men.

The Reds briefly drifted to around [2.5] in the Premier League Winner market when it looked like they'd drop points, but in the 93rd minute they were awarded a controversial penalty when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have fouled Mane. With Mo Salah off the field injured James Milner stepped up and slotted the ball home to seal a last-gasp 2-1 win.

With the victory Liverpool went eight points clear at the top of the table and were trading at around [2.2] to win the title before Man City's game against Wolves.

Traore inflicts shock defeat on Man City

Liverpool's odds soon shortened however when Manchester City fell to their second league defeat of the season when losing 0-2 at home to Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola's men dominated possession but could muster just two shots on target against a superbly organised Wolves defence, though it was still a big surprise when Adama Traore scored two late goals to seal a famous win for Nuno Espirto Santo's men.

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Wolves were matched at [34.0] during the game just to come out on top while the 0-2 Correct Score was matched at a whopping [500.0].

The defeat for City sees them move to second favourites for the title for the first time this season, now trading at [2.42] behind new [1.74] favourites Liverpool.

An intriguing sack race develops

Following Tottenham's shock 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday Mauricio Pochettino was immediately cut to Evens in the Next EPL Manager to leave their post market, having been available at 10/1 at the start of the week, but it wasn't long before we had a new favourite.

Everton lost their fourth consecutive Premier League game when they went down 1-0 at Burnley and that immediately had punters rushing to back Marco Silva to be the next manager to get the boot.

Silva is now the Evens favourite on the Betfair Sportsbook ahead of Pochettino at 4/1, though following Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was cut to 7/2 (from 15/2) with Steve Bruce going in the opposite direction, out to 14/1 from 9/1.

Saturday's defeat for Tottenham saw their odds drift to [2.68] in the Top 4 Finish market, though wins for fellow London clubs Arsenal (1-0 over Bournemouth) and Chelsea (4-1 over Southampton) saw their odds shorten to [1.8] and [1.84] respectively.

Man United are out to [4.5] to finish in the top four following their defeat at Newcastle.

Canaries suffer Villa drubbing

Norwich paid their first visit to the relegation zone this season following a 0-5 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

The result comes just three weeks after Daniel Farke's men shocked the Premier League by beating reigning champions Manchester City, and it now means that the Canaries have the worst defensive record in the division having conceded 21 goals in eight games, one more than Watford.

Norwich can be backed at [2.04] in the Relegation market, just ahead of Watford [2.22] and Newcastle [2.34]. Sheff Utd [2.86] and Aston Villa [3.3] are next in the market, while Brighton are out to [4.5] following their superb win over Spurs.

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