1) Slick City nicely positioned to problem Liverpool
It might have taken some time however Manchester City are back in the title race. And they obtained there in type beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Pep Guardiola, who delayed his early retirement plans by signing a brand new two-year deal, noticed his facet win a 3rd successive league recreation with a shocking first-half efficiency. Three objectives in 16 minutes from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne surprised Chelsea to offer City a 3-0 interval lead which was priced at 45/1.
The defeat leaves Chelsea’s title hopes floundering with simply 4 factors claimed from a attainable 18. A top four finish is trying unlikely for Frank Lampard’s facet. They are presently 2.6613/8 to put.
As for City, they ended the weekend fifth in the desk, 4 factors off the lead with a recreation in hand after extending their unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions. Guardiola is aware of what it takes to win the title and with key gamers returning, 2021 is already trying up for City who could be backed at 2.3811/8 to win a fifth Premier League title.
2) Newcastle transferring in the mistaken course
Since the day he was introduced as Newcastle supervisor, Steve Bruce has been preventing a shedding battle to win over the followers. His gamers did little to assist Bruce’s trigger on Sunday by shedding 2-1 at house to Leicester. The defeat dropped the Magpies to fifteenth in the desk and a relegation battle looms.
Newcastle are with no win in their final 5 league video games since beating West Brom 2-1 on December 12 and hopes of a top-half finish are fading quick. The hole between them and West Ham in tenth place is presently seven factors and the Magpies are 38.037/1 to put.
A visit to in-form Arsenal in the third spherical of the FA Cup on Saturday is the last item Bruce wants and an early exit from the Cup is not going to assist appease the disgruntled Newcastle supporters whose watch for a trophy appears to be like set to proceed for an additional season.
Bruce could be backed at 7.613/2 to be the next manager to leave his position. Bruce might want to decide up factors in their subsequent two league video games at Sheffield United and at Arsenal.
3) Fernandes proves his price to United once more
During the commentary of Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa, the query was requested: “Where would United be without Bruno Fernandes?” It would not bear fascinated about when you are a United supporter.
Not for the first time since his arrival at Old Trafford, Fernandes supplied the spark to guide his facet to a victory that drew them stage on factors with leaders Liverpool. The Portuguese worldwide turned one level into three together with his eleventh league objective of the season from the penalty spot.
Fernandes joined United at the finish of January final 12 months and he has already gained three participant of the month awards. If he continues his spectacular shows, he’ll win extra earlier than the season is over. Sergio Aguero’s file of seven month-to-month awards is in hazard of being damaged.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s finest signing has saved the supervisor his job and there’s a excellent probability Fernandes can turn into the first United participant since Wayne Rooney in 2010 to be topped PFA player of the year for which the 26-year-old could be backed at 3.8514/5. United will also be backed at 8.415/2 to win the title.
4) Happy New Year transforms Arsenal’s season
It wasn’t that way back that obituaries had been being penned to announce the demise of Arsenal’s season. But three wins in their final three video games has introduced the Gunners’ season back to life to the level that speak of relegation has been changed by hope of qualifying for Europe subsequent season.
Mikel Arteta’s facet are eleventh in the desk however the hole between Arsenal and Everton in sixth place is six factors. And the encouraging information for Gunners supporters is that their subsequent two league video games are at the Emirates towards Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
Those are video games Arsenal ought to count on to win, however their type previous to Christmas suggests nothing could be taken without any consideration. Arteta will insist his facet will take issues one recreation at a time and see the place that takes them. It may take them into the top six which could be backed at 4.216/5.
5) Son zoning in on Golden Boot award
When Son Heung-Min scored 4 objectives in Tottenham’s 5-2 win at Southampton early in the season, many pundits thought it was a one-off. They had been the first objectives of the season for Son and few anticipated the 28-year-old to stay in the combine to win the Golden Boot award.
Since that four-goal show, Son has scored one other eight objectives together with his a centesimal for Tottenham in their 3-0 house win over Leeds on Saturday.
Only Mohamed Salah (13) has scored extra objectives than Son’s 12 objectives and the South Korean could be backed at 9.417/2 to complete the season as the league’s leading scorer.
Son has scored two extra objectives than Harry Kane, though Kane has supplied assists for 9 of Son’s dozen objectives. The pair have mixed for 13 objectives this marketing campaign to equal the file set by Blackburn’s Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer that has stood for 25 years.