Title race firmly back on

It was a weekend to remember in the Premier League as things tightened up at both ends of the table and it looks like we could have a genuine title race on our hands.

Manchester City held an advantage as large as 12 points at the top of the standings just a few weeks ago, but Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, coupled with Liverpool’s 3-1 success over Norwich City, leaves Pep Guardiola’s side just six points clear of their title rivals, who also boast a game in hand (Man City 1/5, Liverpool 10/3 – Premier League Outright).

That gap could be down to just three points by the time City next take to the field against Everton at the weekend, as Liverpool are back in league action when Leeds United visit Anfield on Wednesday (Liverpool 1/6, Draw 15/2, Leeds 16/1 – Match Result).

The relegation battle has also heated up over the weekend, with Burnley (5/4 – To stay up) and Watford (12/5 – To stay up) both winning. The Clarets claimed only their second league victory of the season when convincingly seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion, while Watford gained their first win under Roy Hodgson at Aston Villa.

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The wins were not enough to lift either side out of the relegation zone, but Watford can move to within a point of safety if they beat Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on Wednesday (Watford 9/4, Draw 23/10, Palace 11/8 – Match Result), while Burnley would be two points off 17th position if they see off Tottenham at Turf Moor on the same night (Burnley 18/5, Draw 11/4, Tottenham 5/6 – Match Result).

Those wins for Burnley and Watford have also added to the concerns of Leeds (10/3 – To be relegated), Everton (9/2) and Brentford (3/1), who were all beaten at the weekend and remain firmly in the battle to survive.

Newcastle United (4/1 – To be relegated) are the team currently sitting directly above the relegation zone, but they continued their recent upturn in form by claiming a 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Saturday, a result that has dented the Hammers’ hopes of finishing in the top four.

It certainly was not a good weekend for West Ham (14/1 – Top-four finish), as their top-four rivals Manchester United (13/8), Arsenal (11/8), Wolverhampton Wanderers (16/1) and Tottenham (5/2) all won.

United remain in possession of fourth place thanks to their 4-2 win at Leeds, but Spurs, Arsenal and Wolves will all be in action during the week, the latter two facing off at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday (Arsenal 4/6, Draw 11/4, Wolves 5/1 – Match Result).

Chelsea will also have one eye on those midweek games, although the Blues have maintained their four-point cushion in third after a late Hakim Ziyech goal handed them a narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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