Manchester City are now 67/100 in bwin’s Premier League winner odds after their goalless draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The defending champions had a glorious opportunity to claim their first league victory at this venue in 15 years when they were awarded a penalty with five minutes left.
But Riyad Mahrez blazed his spot-kick wildly over the bar as the sides shared their first goalless stalemate at Anfield since 1986.
The point allowed City to regain top spot from Chelsea, who had briefly taken over after their win over Southampton earlier in the day, but their opponents dropped to third.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: “It is a point. We were close, more than ever to winning here, but it is better than last season. We had our chance.”
Liverpool are 9/4 second favourites for the title as they also preserved their unbeaten league run and boss Jurgen Klopp said: “We deserve this bit of luck with this performance.”
Chelsea were cut to 8/1 and are yet to taste defeat too as they swatted Southampton aside at St Mary’s, with Eden Hazard again in phenomenal form.
Hazard opened the scoring before Ross Barkley celebrated his recall to the England squad with a second and Alvaro Morata added a third in stoppage time.
Boss Maurizio Sarri felt there is still room for improvement, saying: “We need to be able to be in control of the match. We can do better in the defensive phase and sometimes also in the offensive phase.”
Gunners on cloud nine
Arsenal saw their odds drop to 40/1 for the title after registering a ninth successive win in all competitions by thrashing Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both bagged braces with Aaron Ramsey also on the scoresheet as the Gunners moved to fourth, two points behind the leading trio.
Unai Emery’s side are also 7/5 to secure a top-four finish but the Spaniard said: “I don’t think of this performance like it is the best. We are happy but also calm because we know each moment, each match, is difficult. We will continue with this victory.”
Manchester United produced a stunning second-half fightback to beat Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford, with talk about Jose Mourinho’s future dominating the headlines.
Goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto inside the first 10 minutes rocked the Red Devils, who clawed a goal back with 20 minutes left through Juan Mata’s free-kick. Anthony Martial then levelled in the 76th minute before Alexis Sanchez headed in the winner in stoppage time.
United are 80/1 for the title and 5/2 to finish in the top four and Mourinho said: “I think at half-time we had a good conversation. We didn’t promise to each other we would win the match, we promised we would give absolutely everything without fear. They gave everything.”
Tottenham eased out to 33/1 to be crowned champions despite posting a third successive win in this competition, albeit 1-0 against winless Cardiff at Wembley to sit fifth on 18 points, although they are 31/50 for a top-four place.
Eric Dier scored the only goal while the visitors had Joe Ralls sent off and the match-winner told Spurs TV: “I think we can be happy where we are. We can always do better and now when we get back from international duty there’s a chance for us to keep improving.”
Wolves are 16/1 to finish in the top four after extending their unbeaten league streak to six games after a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, Nuno Espirito Santo saying: “The moment that we adjusted some details, the team was better and then in the second half we were really, really good.”
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