Premier League on Betfair: United keep top four dream alive but there's no win for Rafa

It's been 10 days and two games but just one point for Rafa at St James' Park
It's been 10 days and two games but just one point for Rafa at St James' Park

Derby day in the top-flight yielded a win for Manchester United but no joy for Newcastle or Sunderland who had to settle for a point apiece

"While both sets of fans enjoyed their goals the result does little for either sides' chances of beating the drop. Sunderland are 1.444/9 to go down, Newcastle 1.558/15."

A first-half goal from teen sensation Marcus Rashford was all it took to separate the Manchester sides as United took the spoils from the second derby of the day in the Premier League.

United now lie just one point off City with eight games remaining for both teams. More importantly, the result all but ends City's involvement in the title race. They are 15 points off Leicester, though they have played one game less. Manuel Pellegrini's side are 140.0139/1 to win the Premier League.

The day began with the north-east derby at St James' Park where Newcastle welcomed Sunderland for the first home game of the Rafa Benitez era. With both teams in the bottom three it was the classic six-pointer. Unfortunately for both sides the match ended one apiece.

Sunderland took the lead late in the first-half, Jermain Defoe pouncing in the box to delight the away support. Newcastle had looked bright with Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum prominent, but they struggled to make the breakthrough and it took until the 83rd minute before they got their equaliser. Wijnaldum was the provider, crossing deep for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

While both sets of fans enjoyed their goals the result does little for either sides' chances of beating the drop. Sunderland are 1.444/9 to go down, Newcastle 1.558/15.

Spurs kept up their pursuit of Leicester at the top of the table with a 3-0 dismantling of Bournemouth. Harry Kane started the romp with a goal in the first minute and the England man doubled the lead in the 16th minute. Spurs are the 3.814/5 second favourites in the title battle behind 1.684/6 Leicester. Kane, whose 21 goals puts him two ahead of the chasing pack in the Golden Boot, is 1.75/7 to finish as top goalscorer in the Premier League.

In the other early kick-off Liverpool were somehow beaten from 2-0 up at Southampton, the home side scoring three times in the final quarter to rock Jurgen Klopp's side. Liverpool had never previously lost a game from 2-0 up at halftime in the Premier League so it's no surprise that Southampton were matched at 160.0159/1 to win.

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