Premier League title race: Spurs Evens without Chelsea

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Chelsea took another step closer to wrapping up the Premier League title race over the weekend and Tottenham are now favourites with bwin to finish best of the rest.

The Blues stayed 10 points clear at the top of the table with a 2-1 win at Stoke, while Spurs are in second place on their own after they edged out Southampton 2-1 and Manchester City drew 1-1 with Liverpool.

City are 3/2 in the market without Chelsea after falling a couple of points behind Tottenham, with Liverpool 7/1 as they are three points back and have played a game more.

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Despite only drawing, Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his team as they bounced back from a midweek defeat at Monaco which ended their Champions League hopes for another season.

“This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. “After our defeat in the Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn’t talk too much. That is why I am so, so happy. They put absolutely everything that they had on the pitch.”

Manchester United moved up to fifth thanks to a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, with Jesse Lingard firing in a wonder goal and Antonio Valencia capitalising on an embarrassing slip by Victor Valdes.

The Red Devils go into the international break four points behind Liverpool, but they do have two games in hand, so odds of 3/2 for Jose Mourinho’s side to finish in the top four will tempt some punters.

Arsenal are out to 11/4 to qualify for next season’s Champions League after a 3-1 loss at West Brom again exposed their defensive frailties and piled more pressure on Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners are a couple of points adrift of United on the same number of games and will return to action with another tough test when hosting Manchester City at Emirates Stadium. Liverpool face Everton next, with United entertaining West Brom, Spurs visiting Burnley and Chelsea tackling Crystal Palace at home.

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Romelu Lukaku is odds-on at 19/20 for Golden Boot glory after bagging a late brace in Everton’s 4-0 defeat of Hull, with that double taking his tally to 21, two clear of the injured Harry Kane, who can now be backed at 7/1 to head the final scoring chart.

Alexis Sanchez moved up to third on 18 when netting for the Gunners at The Hawthorns and he is an 11/2 chance, with Diego Costa still on 17 and quoted at 7/2.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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