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Premier League Title Race: Man City 2/5 after Reds and Gunners suffer shock defeats

Man City boss Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola's Man City are now just 2/5 to retain their title

The Premier League title race took a dramatic twist on Sunday with two of the chasers suffering shock defeats, while the race to win the Golden Boot isn't just about Erling Haaland. Mike Norman updates us with the latest odds...

  • Man City 2/51.40 for title after ending weekend top

  • Aston Villa 4/91.44 for top four after heavy Spurs defeat

  • Odds-on Haaland has competition for Golden Boot


Manchester City are 2/51.40 on the Betfair Sportsbook in the Premier League Winner market after ending the weekend top of the table, two points clear of both Arsenal and Liverpool.

City, who were 13/102.30 to win the title going in to the weekend, crushed Luton Town 5-1 on Saturday afternoon to move to the summit, but they only remained there because of shock home defeats for the other two clubs in the title race.

# TEAM P W D L GF GA PTS xGF xGA xGD EXP FCST
1 Man City 38 28 7 3 96 34 91 0 0 0
2 Arsenal 38 28 5 5 91 29 89 0 0 0
3 Liverpool 38 24 10 4 86 41 82 0 0 0
4 Aston Villa 38 20 8 10 76 61 68 0 0 0
5 Tottenham 38 20 6 12 74 61 66 0 0 0
6 Chelsea 38 18 9 11 77 63 63 0 0 0
7 Newcastle 38 18 6 14 85 62 60 0 0 0
8 Man Utd 38 18 6 14 57 58 60 0 0 0
9 West Ham 38 14 10 14 60 74 52 0 0 0
10 Crystal Palace 38 13 10 15 57 58 49 0 0 0
11 Brighton 38 12 12 14 55 62 48 0 0 0
12 Bournemouth 38 13 9 16 54 67 48 0 0 0
13 Fulham 38 13 8 17 55 61 47 0 0 0
14 Wolves 38 13 7 18 50 65 46 0 0 0
15 Everton 38 13 9 16 40 51 40 0 0 0
16 Brentford 38 10 9 19 56 65 39 0 0 0
17 Nottm Forest 38 9 9 20 49 67 32 0 0 0
18 Luton 38 6 8 24 52 85 26 0 0 0
19 Burnley 38 5 9 24 41 78 24 0 0 0
20 Sheff Utd 38 3 7 28 35 104 16 0 0 0
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With crucial Champions League and FA Cup ties to come this week for Man City, Pep Guardiola's men are just 4/15.00 to repeat their treble-winning season of last year.

Reds woes in front of goal continue

Liverpool were fully expected to win at Anfield against Crystal Palace in Sunday's early kick-off, but having gone a goal down early in the game Jurgen Klopp's men missed a host of chances in a 1-0 defeat.

A week on from dropping points against Manchester United through more wastefulness in front of goal, and then a shock 3-0 home defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League, it's been a dreadful week for the Reds who now have an uphill task to win a major trophy in Klopp's last season at the club.

Liverpool are out to 5/16.00 (from 12/53.40) to win the Premier League title, while in the Europa League Winner market they can be backed at 12/113.00.

Gunners thwarted by superb Villa

Having heard that Liverpool had suffered a shock defeat to Palace, Arsenal fans were in fine voice for the visit of Aston Villa, only to end the day with huge disappointment following a 2-0 home defeat.

Similar to the Reds, the Gunners wasted many clear cut chances in the first half, though Villa thoroughly deserved their victory for their second half performance which saw goals from Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins seal the points.

With all three title contenders having six games to play, Arsenal drifted from 9/52.80 to 7/24.50 to win the title following their shock defeat.

Villa in Top 4 driving seat after big loss for Spurs

Following the win at the Emirates, Aston Villa are now in the driving seat to record a Top 4 Finish, for which they can be backed at 4/91.44.

Unai Emery's men are now three points clear of Tottenham who suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs trail Villa by three points but do have a game in hand over their nearest rivals. However, having been odds-on before the weekend, Ange Postecoglou's men are now out to 8/52.60 to finish the season in the top four.

The victory for Newcastle moved them up to sixth in the table, though they still trail Villa by 13 points and despite having a game in hand can be backed at 200/1201.00 to record a Top 4 Finish.

Race for Golden Boot hots up

The race to win this season's Golden Boot is far from a forgone conclusion with no less than 10 players separated by just six goals with most clubs having six games of the season remaining.

Erling Haaland leads the way with 20 goals and can be backed at 1/31.33 on the Betfair Sportsbook, though he is just one ahead of Ollie Watkins (19) who can be backed at 6/17.00.

With Man City fighting for trophies on three fronts, will Haaland be rested in one or two Premier League games, opening the door for someone to move ahead of him in the following weeks?

If so, then the likes of Mo Salah 8/19.00, Alexander Isak 10/111.00 and Dominic Solanke 14/115.00, all of whom have 17 league goals this term, may make some appeal.


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