'Great Escape' over before it begun
West Brom and Alan Pardew headed into Saturday afternoon's crucial clash with Huddersfield knowing only three points would suffice in their attempt to replicate the 'Great Escape' of 2005. However the fortune they had on their side twelve years ago had seemingly deserted them this time around as they fell to defeat at the Hawthorns with David Wagner's side running out 2-1 winners.
Now six points adrift at the bottom of the table and seven from safety, the Baggies have been backed into 1.162/13 favourites for the drop from 1.42/5, they're also 1.341/3 from 2.26/5 to finish rock bottom of the league. Huddersfield, who were good value for the win, have moved out to 2.915/8 from 2.0421/20. The result also likely brings to an end Alan Pardew's short time at the West Brom helm, he recorded one win in 14 games and is now 1.625/8 to be the next manager to leave his position.
Vital points thrown away
Saturday's early kick-off at the King Power ended all square with Stoke unable to hold on following Xherdan Shaqiri's excellent first half strike. What may seem a decent point on the surface, does little to help the Potters as they still remain in the bottom three; they're now 1.9310/11 from 1.865/6 to be relegated. Leicester meanwhile, after winning five of their first eight league games under Claude Puel, have now recorded just two victories from their last 11.
Newcastle also undid all their hard work by throwing away a 2-0 lead at Bournemouth after going in at half-time very much in control of the game. Eddie Howe's side fought back through Adam Smith and Dan Gosling to emerge with a point; Rafa Benitez' men remain at 5.59/2 in the Betfair Exchange Relegation market.
Opta Stat: Bournemouth have now picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.
Salah strikes again
The afternoon's big winners were undoubtedly Brighton who thrashed Carlos Carvalhal's Swansea 4-1; the visiting side came into this game unbeaten in ten matches in all competitions but were readily put to the sword by Glenn Murray & co. As such, the Seagulls moved up to 11th in the league and with 31 points in the bank, should have enough about them to ensure they retain their place in the top flight; they're 2.021/1 from 2.89/5 to end the season as the top promoted side.
Lastly, with the remainder of the 'top five' of the table in action on Sunday, Liverpool were left to take advantage and leapfrog Man Utd into second place behind Man City in the league. Jurgen Klopp saw his side crush West Ham 4-1 with goals for Can, Mane, Firmino and - yes, you've guessed it - Mo Salah, who has moved into 3.7511/4 second favourite in the Premier League Top Goalscorer market. That victory also saw the Reds backed into 2.3411/8 from 2.747/4 in the without Man City market.
Opta Stat: David Moyes has never won against Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions as a manager (D7 L8), failing to win with Everton, Man Utd, Sunderland and now West Ham.
Spurs leave it late
A Zaha-less Crystal Palace held out for 88 minutes against Spurs in Sunday's early kick-off before the Eriksen-Kane connection struck again. Tottenham enjoyed 76% possession across the 90 minutes but they failed to convert their chances until the final throes of the game. Roy Hodgson's side will be bitterly disappointed not to have salvaged a point and they remain just one place above the drop zone courtesy of goal difference. As a result, the Eagles have been clipped into 3.412/5 from 4.3100/30 for relegation while Spurs have moved from 5.85/1 to 4.216/5 in the without Man City market.
Opta Stat: Crystal Palace haven't won any of their eight Premier League games when Wilfried Zaha didn't feature this season (P8 W0 D0 L8).
Sunday's other league clash saw Chelsea travel to Old Trafford in search of a vital three points. They got off to the perfect start through Champions League woodwork black-belt Willian however it took Man United just seven minutes to draw level before half-time through former Blue, Romelu Lukaku.
A much improved second half saw both sides go close but it fell to super-sub Jesse Lingaard to score in the 75th minute and secure victory for the home side. That win sends United back into second place in the league but due to Spurs' earlier victory, Chelsea now find themselves fifth with just one win from their last four. Antonio Conte's side are now available to back at 2.3811/8 to finish in the top four and Man Utd are 2.35/4 from 2.77/4 to finish top of the pile in the without Man City market.
Opta Stat: The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 35 home league matches against the reigning top-flight champions (W20 D14).