Premier League on Betfair: No change in title race but Spurs defeat blows Top 4 race wide open
It's been a highly entertaining weekend in the Premier League at both ends of the table, and here to update all the significant betting markets is Mike Norman...
"In the Premier League Winner market Man City remain the strong [1.4] favourites with eight games to go, Liverpool can be backed at [3.5]."
No change at the top
It's as you were in the title race as both Manchester City and Liverpool eventually ran out comfortable winners over the weekend, meaning the Citizens maintain their one-point lead at the top of the table.
Watford made seven changes to their starting line-up ahead of Saturday's game at the Etihad Stadium in an attempt to frustrate the champions, and just like Bournemouth did the previous weekend the Hornets reached the interval without recording a single shot of any note.
But similar to the Cherries, Watford failed to hold out in the second half and a quick-fire hat-trick from Raheem Sterling settled matters, City eventually running out 3-1 winners.
Liverpool also endured a frustrating start to their game when Ashley Westwood's early corner flew straight into the net, the referee seemingly missing a potential foul on goalkeeper Alisson. But the Reds fought back and like Man City 24 hours earlier they recorded a comfortable two-goal margin of victory thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who each scored a brace in a 4-2 win.
In the Premier League Winner market Man City remain the strong [1.4] favourites with eight games to go, Liverpool can be backed at [3.5].
Jekyll and Hyde Lilywhites lose again
In an afternoon of stunning comebacks perhaps the most significant one came at St Mary's where Southampton somehow recovered from a first half in which they were no more than spectators to record a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Spurs really should have been out of sight at the interval but a solitary Harry Kane goal was all they had to show for their excellent first half performance.
And Mauricio Pochettino's men were made to pay for their failure to score more than once when Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse netted late in the game to give the Saints a memorable victory.
In the weekend's big game Arsenal got the better of Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates, and in doing so the Gunners moved up to fourth in the table just one point behind North London rivals Tottenham.
Chelsea could manage just a home draw with Wolves earlier on Sunday afternoon meaning the race to finish in the top four is now wide open, with just four points separating Spurs in third and Chelsea in sixth, though the Blues do have a game in hand.
In the Top 4 Finish market - with just two places remaining - Tottenham can be backed at [1.68], Arsenal at [1.92], Chelsea at [2.08], and United trade as the marginal outsiders at [2.3].
One from three to go down with Cottagers and Terriers?
At the bottom of the table Newcastle's amazing 3-2 win over Everton - a game in which they were 0-2 down and still 1-2 down entering the final 10 minutes - has given them a bit of a cushion above the relegation zone, though Burnley's defeat at Anfield on Sunday means it's looking extremely likely that the Clarets will be in a survival fight for the rest of the season.
Southampton's win over Tottenham moved them to 30 points, level with Burnley, and the pair are just two points above Cardiff who occupy the final relegation slot. The Bluebirds grabbed a much needed victory over West Ham on Saturday afternoon meaning they still have all to play for in the final eight games of the season.
In the Relegation market Cardiff are strong favourites to go down, currently trading at [1.38], while Burnley can backed at [5.3] and Southampton at [16.0]. Brighton - currently five points above the drop zone - come next in the betting at [25.0].