Manchester City are 7/10 favourites in bwin’s Premier League winner odds after hitting Chelsea for six in a superb display at Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero hit a hat-trick for Pep Guardiola’s side, Raheem Sterling bagged a brace and Ilkay Gundogan was also on the scoresheet.
The victory was City’s third in the space of eight days since a surprise defeat at Newcastle, leaving Guardiola understandably delighted.
He said: “The players were outstanding. I just said to them thank you for what they have done.
“After Newcastle, we spoke to each other and put ourselves in front of a mirror and accepted the reality. After that we worked, moved forward.”
That victory sent City back to the summit, but Liverpool only trail them on goal difference and have a game in hand.
The Reds enjoyed a smooth 3-0 success against Bournemouth at Anfield and are quoted at 13/10 to end their long title drought.
Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were on target for the Merseyside outfit, who head to Marbella for a warm-weather training break as they are not involved in the FA Cup.
After recently dropping points against Leicester and West Ham, Wijnaldum said: “We had two draws in a row and that didn’t feel that good.
“But if we had been told at the beginning of the season you will have this kind of points, everyone would have taken it.
“It could be better, but we must appreciate where we stand. You can see the improvement. We just have to keep it going.”
Tottenham can’t be ruled out after a 3-1 win over Leicester kept them five points off the pace and they are 22/1 to end up on top in bwin’s Premier League winner odds.
Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min struck for Spurs, with Mauricio Pochettino stating: “I’m so happy because we knew it was going to be a tough game.
“Leicester play well away from home – they beat Chelsea, beat Manchester City, drew against Liverpool – and those performances were fantastic.”
Resurgent United up to fourth
Manchester United are 19/20 for a top-four finish after cruising to a 3-0 victory at Fulham, with Paul Pogba bagging a brace and Anthony Martial adding a fine solo effort.
Defender Phil Jones commented: “It’s a big statement from where we were, we just need to keep improving and keep picking up points.
“Everyone’s got to take us seriously now. We might have been a bit of a laughing stock at the start of the season, but certainly not now.”
That win put the Red Devils in fourth place, with Arsenal a point behind after prevailing 2-1 at Huddersfield and quoted at 11/4 to make the leading quartet.
Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette struck in the first half and the Gunners held on for a first away victory since November, despite Saed Kolasinac’s stoppage-time own goal.
“It was very important to win, to be closer to the top four and our target is this,” Unai Emery said.
“After 26 games, there is a one-point difference between us and Manchester United.
“If we ask is it difficult for us, I think it’s difficult, but we can. After 26 games, we are on our way and our motivation is very great and we’ve brought our target closer.”
Chelsea slipped below Arsenal on goal difference after being thrashed by City and can now be backed at 6/5 for a top-four finish in bwin’s Premier League winner odds.
The Londoners have lost three straight away games and crashed to their heaviest defeat since 1991.
Cesar Azpilicueta told the club website: “When you lose 6-0, everyone has to accept they didn’t play well.
“The only thing I can say to the fans is sorry, because it’s not acceptable, and I feel sorry for all of them.”
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