Premier League on Betfair: City close in on title but it's despair for Cardiff and Fulham

Edin Dzeko scored twice for Man City in their win at Everton
Edin Dzeko scored twice for Man City in their win at Everton

Two sides dropped out of the Premier League on an entertaining day in England's top flight, while Manchester City strengthened their grip on another title. Mike Norman has all today's In-Play odds matched...

"After today's result City are a solid 1.282/7 favourite in the Premier League Winner market; Liverpool can be backed at 4.84/1, and Chelsea are available to back at 55.054/1."


Manchester City require home wins over Aston Villa and West Ham to seal their second title in three seasons after they came from a goal behind at Everton to win 2-3.

The home side took the lead early in the game thanks to a brilliant long range curling shot from Ross Barkley. The Toffees midfielder was matched at 25.024/1 in the First Goalscorer market.

City reacted quickly and were on level terms through Sergio Aguero who later went off injured, and just before the interval Edin Dzeko headed Manuel Pellegrini's into the lead. The 1-2 Half Time Score was matched at 24.023/1.

Shortly into the second half City made it 1-3 thanks to Dzeko's second goal of the game, but the match was far from over and when Romelu Lukaku made it 2-3 with 25 minutes to go you could sense that it would be a nervous end for the Citizens.

And so it proved with Roberto Martinez's men enjoying plenty of possession in the closing stages. But City held on to take a giant step towards another title and reward those who backed them at a high of 2.8615/8 to take all three points. The 2-3 Correct Score was matched at 30.029/1.

After today's result City are a solid 1.282/7 favourite in the Premier League Winner market; Liverpool can be backed at 4.84/1, and Chelsea are available to back at 55.054/1.

In today's afternoon 3pm kick-offs both Cardiff and Fulham were relegated to the Championship after suffering defeats to Newcastle and Stoke respectively, while Sunderland won at Manchester United.

The Bluebirds went down 3-0 at St James' Park (Correct Score matched at 26.025/1) courtesy of goals from Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Steven Taylor. Ameobi was matched at 8.88/1 to score first while a Newcastle win was matched at 2.186/5.

Fulham were thrashed 4-1 at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke kept up their impressive home record to maintain their position in the top half of the table.

Peter Odemwingie was matched at 8.415/2 to open the scoring, and further goals rewarded those who backed the 4-1 Correct Score at 55.054/1. Stoke hit a high of 2.56/4 In-Play to win the game.

The shock result of the day came at Old Trafford where Sunderland were matched at a high of 17.016/1 to beat the dethroned champions. Sebastian Larsson - matched at 48.047/1 in the First Goalscorer market - won the game for the Black Cats, a win that effectively confirmed their Premier League status. The 0-1 Correct Score was matched at 34.033/1.

Aston Villa were another side to confirm their place in next season's top flight with a comfortable 3-1 win over Hull.

Ashley Westwood opened the scoring in just the first minute before the Tigers equalised midway through the first half. But two goals just before the interval wrapped up the points for Paul Lambert's men. Westwood was backed at 34.033/1 to score first while the 3-1 win was matched at 36.035/1.

In what sounded like a dull affair at the Liberty Stadium Southampton scored a late winner thanks to an own goal from Swansea's Ashley Williams. The Saints were matched at 19.018/1 to win the game.

In the lunchtime kick-off West Ham recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over London rivals Tottenham at Upton Park. Sam Allardyce's men were matched at 4.84/1 to win the game and were sent on their way when Harry Kane put the ball into his own net after Younes Kaboul had been dismissed.

Stewart Downing - matched at 50.049/1 in the First Goalscorer market as own goals don't count - scored the Hammers' second on the stroke of half time. The 2-0 Correct Score was matched at a high of 36.035/1 In-Play.


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