Seven up for Liverpool
Liverpool made it seven wins on the spin for this Premier League season but it was hard going against Sheffield United in the early Saturday kick-off.
Chris Wilder's team have impressed in their first season back in the top-flight and they troubled the 2.285/4 title second favourites throughout.
However, the Blades weren't able to make the most of their opportunities and had to endure the pain of goalkeeper Dean Henderson letting a Georginio Wijnaldum shot squeeze between his legs in the 70th minute to gift Liverpool the lead.
Only one team could possibly trade lower than Liverpool despite trailing the runaway leaders by five points - Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
The reigning champions are odds-on to retain their title at 1.865/6 after a 3-1 defeat of Everton at Goodison. Pep's team featured a few semi-regulars but found a way to overcome their battling hosts with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scoring second half goals to break the 1-1 halftime deadlock.
Six teams locked on 11 points
Frank Lampard enjoyed his first Premier League home win as Chelsea manager with a 2-0 defeat of Brighton, thanks to goals from Jorginho and Willian. The three points takes the Blues into a mass of teams on 11 points that includes Spurs, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Leicester.
Spurs played an hour of their home game against Southampton with 10 men after Serge Aurier was sent off for picking up two yellow cards. Tottenham were already ahead through Tanguy Ndombele but saw Danny Ings equalise shortly after Aurier's departure when Hugo Lloris made a terrible error at the back. Against the run of play the home side scored through Harry Kane just before the break and survived the second half onslaught to record a very welcome win for the troubled club.
It was far more comfortable at Selhurst Park where Palace put in solid display to hold off Norwich, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Luka Milivojevic early on and Andros Townsend at the death.
Plenty of drama at Dean Court, however, where Bournemouth had to share the points with West Ham in a typically entertaining game for the Cherries. Deadly attacking duo Josh King and Callum Wilson were both on the scoresheet but West Ham, who had opened the scoring only to go behind, kept their good run going thanks to Aaron Cresswell's equaliser. West Ham end the day in third place, one point ahead of the six teams locked on 11 points.
Of the teams on 11 points, Spurs are the favourites to end the season in the top four and can be backed at 1.645/8 to do so. Chelsea are 2.47/5.
Hornets dropping fast
Wolves enjoyed a welcome win, defeating Watford 2-0 to pull out of the bottom three. That loss confines the Hornets to 20th place, with just two points from their first seven games. Backed at 8.88/1, Watford are now around 2.56/4 for the drop.
Aston Villa are 2.47/5 to go down after they were twice denied a win by Burnley in a 2-2 draw at Villa Park.