City 5-4 for title after thrashing Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY underlined their status as Premier League favourites with a 5-0 victory over Liverpool – a 90-1 chance in the pre-match correct-score betting.

The Citizens took advantage of the first-half sending-off of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, easing to a wide-margin win thanks to Sergio Aguero’s opening goal and braces for Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane.

Pep Guardiola’s men are 5-4 for the title while Liverpool, who must pick themselves up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla, are out to 16-1.

Manchester United found things harder at Stoke, where they were held to a 2-2 draw in the 5.30pm kick-off.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice for the Potters who frustrated backers of United at 8-15.

The correct score was a 20-1 chance before kick-off at the bet365 Stadium and although the point took the Red Devils back to the top of the table, they were eased to 5-2 for the title.

There were fewer problems for the big guns in the 3pm kick-offs as Harry Kane scored twice in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Everton and N’Golo Kante hit the winner for Chelsea against his former club Leicester.

Arsenal, the shortest-priced team on the Premier League coupon at 4-11, made no mistake in a 3-0 home victory over Bournemouth but Watford sprang a 5-1 shock with a 2-0 win at Southampton.

Champions Chelsea are 9-2 to retain their title with Spurs 16-1 and Arsenal 22-1.

German striker Pascal Gross scored twice as Brighton recorded their first Premier League win, beating West Brom 3-1.

he Seagulls started the weekend as evens favourites for relegation while the next two in the betting for the drop – Burnley and Crystal Palace – meet at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Match in Focus

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Colombia v Japan

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Key stats
  • Discounting 2002 when they had home advantage, Japan have played 13 matches at the World Cup finals and won just twice
Expert verdict
There has been chaos in the Japanese ranks with a late change of manager not helping their World Cup plans and they don't look ready to take on classy Colombia. The South Americans were quarter-finalists four years ago and anything like that kind of form should be too hot for Japan.



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