Tottenham have been trimmed to 11/4 in bwin’s Premier League top 4 odds following their welcome 1-0 win at Fulham.
Spurs had lost their last two league fixtures but Harry Kane’s strike on the stroke of half-time helped to get them back on track.
It was Kane’s 266th goal for the club and moved him level with record scorer Jimmy Greaves, whose tally has stood since 1970.
Antonio Conte said of his star forward: “He was amazing. I think he scored a fantastic goal; the execution, to control the ball, then to kick it in that way, only a world-class striker can score this goal.”
Conte added: “It was a good answer. After defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City, first and second in the table, I asked my players to show characteristics from last season.
“The will, the desire and to suffer in the moments you have to suffer. We didn’t suffer a lot, but I have seen they are ready, so it could be a starting point for us.
“Don’t forget we played against a team who are a real surprise this season; with a win they could overcome us in the table, to win away here is not easy.”
That result put Tottenham on 36 points from 21 games, three behind Newcastle and Manchester United, who have each played a match less.
The Magpies are 8/11 to finish in the leading quartet following a goalless stalemate at Crystal Palace.
Newcastle enjoyed a 61 per cent possession advantage during the contest but have now scored just once in their last four top-flight fixtures.
“I thought we did most things right,” said Eddie Howe. “I thought we played very well, controlled the game, had chances.
“Maybe not absolute must-score moments but a lot of chances you’d like to be able to do better with if they happened again.”
Late blows hurting Red Devils
Manchester United were as short as 1/5 following their derby triumph but have eased to 2/7 after a 1-1 draw at Palace and a 3-2 loss at Arsenal.
The Red Devils were rocked by conceding late goals on both occasions and Lisandro Martinez admitted they must address that issue.
“It is about details,” the Argentina defender told MUTV. “If you are not focused on every detail, you can’t win.
“We have to be strong and we have to learn also from every experience. It cannot happen again, for sure it cannot happen again.
“We have to be really focused on the game and we have to kill the game.”
That left both teams 10 points adrift of a Champions League spot, although the Reds have a game in hand on most of their rivals.
Thiago Alcantara believes having come so close to an unprecedented quadruple last season has had an undue effect on the Liverpool squad.
In a 63-game campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side won a League/FA Cup double and narrowly missed out on Premier League and Champions League titles.
“It is not just about physical stuff, it is something psychological because we were so close to winning everything and we just touched it but sadly it went away,” said Thiago.
A bright spot for Chelsea was the performance of new signing Mykhailo Mudryk, who made a lively debut off the bench in the second half.
Graham Potter said: “He was really good. He will get better the more he is with us and the more we understand him, and vice-versa, but promising signs.
“From watching him with Shakhtar and seeing his quality, he is dangerous in one-v-one situations in the final third. He can make things happen and I think he’ll get supporters off their feet.”
Sixth-placed Brighton have 31 points from 19 games after a 2-2 draw at Leicester and are 7/1 in this market.
Join bwin today and receive up to £20 money back as a FreeBet if your first wager (3+ selections at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater) is a loser! Terms and conditions apply.