Premier League on Betfair: United win moves them above Manchester rivals City

RVP was United's matchwinner against Arsenal
RVP was United's matchwinner against Arsenal

It's been an extraordinary weekend at the top of the Premier League table with all of Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Man City, and Spurs failing to win. Mike Norman has the details of the odds matched in today's four encounters...

"Today's results mean five clubs are now within a few points of each other in the Premier League Winner market."

Manchester United are right back in the title hunt after they secured a 1-0 victory over league leaders Arsenal just hours after Premier League favourites Manchester City surprisingly lost to Sunderland.

After Chelsea and Everton both failed to win on Saturday, and earlier defeats for Tottenham and Man City, David Moyes' men were presented with a great opportunity to get amongst the chasing pack when the Gunners visited Old Trafford.

Arsene Wenger had to make a number of changes due to a sickness bug in the camp, and he himself was feeling off colour when former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie nodded home a corner on the half hour mark. Van Persie was matched at 7.06/1 in the First Goalscorer market while the 1-0 Half Time Score was matched at 5.49/2.

In an evenly-balanced second half neither side could carve out a clear goalscoring opportunity, though Wayne Rooney was inches wide with a shot from just inside the area, and Arsenal came close to an equaliser late on when Bacary Sagna's cross narrowly eluded the Gunners' attack.

United hung on however to record a precious, and perhaps pivotal victory to take them to within five points of the leaders. The Red Devils were matched at 2.526/4 to win the game, with the 1-0 Correct Score hitting a high of 13.012/1.

On a day of shocks in the Premier League, Man City lost 1-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats being matched at 10.519/2 for the victory alone.

Manuel Pellegrini's men, who had scored 12 goals in their last two home games, were tasting defeat for the fourth time already this season away from the Etihad Stadium. Phil Bardsley scored the only goal of the game in the first half and then formed part of a fantastic defensive display from Gus Poyet's men to see out the win.

Bardsley was matched at a staggering 110.0109/1 to score first, while the 1-0 Correct Score was matched at 32.031/1 In-Play.

Earlier in the day Tottenham also suffered a surprise loss when they went down 0-1 at White Hart Lane. But the story of this game wasn't about Spurs under-performing however, but more about Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul producing an oustanding performance to keep the Lilywhites at bay.

Newcastle took the lead in the first half when Loic Remy rounded Brad Friedel in the Spurs goal before sliding the ball into an empty net.

From that moment on Tottenham were very much on top, but with every one of the 13 shots they managed to get on target Krul was at his best - the 13 saves he made being the most in any Premier League game this season.

Newcastle were matched at 7.613/2 for the win, with the 0-1 Correct Score being matched at 27.026/1. Remy was backed at 13.5 to score the first goal of the game.

Elsewhere today Swansea came from 0-2 down at home to Stoke to lead 3-2 before a stoppage time equaliser for Mark Hughes' men meant the game finished all-square.

Stoke led 0-2 at half time - a scoreline that was matched at 48.047/1 - but three second half goals from Michael Laudrup's men saw the home side trade at a low of 1.031/33 to seal a memorable victory. But deep into stoppage time Charlie Adam fired home a penalty to rescue a point.

The Draw was matched at 36.035/1 In-Play, while the 3-3 Correct Score hit a high of 150.0149/1.

Today's results mean five clubs are now within a few points of each other in the Premier League Winner market.

Man City trade as 3.814/5 favourites, just ahead of Chelsea at 4.94/1, Arsenal at 5.04/1, Man United at 6.25/1, and Liverpool at 7.613/2.

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