Premier League on Betfair: Arsenal edge it against Newcastle to continue title bid

Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal of the game to take Arsenal two points clear at the top of the table
Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal of the game to take Arsenal two points clear at the top of the table

The Gunners made hard work of a home clash with Newcastle today but took the three points to go clear at the top of the table. Joe Dyer has all the latest betting from Premier League following Saturday's early and 3pm kick-offs...

"Just four points separated Sunderland and Aston Villa in the bottom two spots of the Premier League ahead of today's clash at the Stadium of Light but it's now seven after the Black Cats' 3-1 victory. The result leaves Sam Allardyce's team four points from safety, though they trade at 1.251/4 to be relegated. Villa, who have just eight points from 20 games, are 1.031/33 to go down."

Leaders Arsenal threatened one of their worst performances of the season at home to Newcastle but dug out a second-half winner to keep their title bid going.

Goalless at the break it was the visitors who were creating the better chances with the home side strangely subdued and out to 2.486/4 to win on the Exchange.

But French pair Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny combined at a corner with 20 minutes to go, the defender scoring the decisive goal.

Arsenal are now 2.47/5 to win the league.

Leicester missed the chance to keep up with the London side after drawing 0-0 at home to Bournemouth - Riyad Mahrez having a penalty saved - and are now out to 26.025/1 to finish top of the Premier League pile.

Manchester United have fallen off the pace in the title race in recent weeks, but they finally returned to winning ways after a six-game streak without a victory in the Premier League.

One-nil ahead through an Anthony Martial header, United flirted with disaster at home to Swansea conceding an equaliser midway through the second half to set up a result that would have induced open revolt on the Old Trafford terraces.

But it was the much-derided Wayne Rooney who made the difference, scoring a sublime flick to take his side to a 2-1 win.

Just four points separated Sunderland and Aston Villa in the bottom two spots of the Premier League ahead of today's clash at the Stadium of Light but it's now seven after the Black Cats' 3-1 victory.

The result leaves Sam Allardyce's team four points from safety, though they trade at 1.251/4 to be relegated. Villa, who have just eight points from 20 games, are 1.031/33 to go down.

Norwich pulled off a very useful win in their bid to escape the drop, defeating Southampton 1-0 to give themselves a six-point cushion over the teams at the bottom. The Canaries are 4.57/2 to be playing Championship football next season.

Liverpool have alternated between promising and pathetic under Jurgen Klopp of late, but unfortunately for their fans it was the latter on display at West Ham today in a 2-0 defeat.

The win, courtesy of goals in each half from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll, sends West Ham into sixth place while Liverpool remain in mid-table. The Merseyside outfit are out to 70.069/1 in the Premier League winner market.

West Brom provided in-play backers with a double figure priced winner at home to Stoke, scoring in the 93rd minute to reward at odds of 10.09/1.

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