City crowned champions after United lose to WBA

MANCHESTER CITY were surprisingly handed the Premier League title yesterday as their arch-rivals United suffered a shock loss at home to 20-1 basement boys West Brom at Old Trafford.

Jay Rodriguez’s 73rd-minute header gave Albion only their fourth victory of a miserable campaign but the 1-0 victory was enough to start the title celebrations in the blue half of Manchester, with Pep Guardiola’s side still having five matches of the season to play and just a few days since they were dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool.

It is the third time the club have celebrated a Premier League triumph and they are a whopping 16 points ahead of their rivals.

City’s performance has been so dominant this season – United and Liverpool are the only teams to have beaten them in the league this term – that thoughts are turning to how dominant they can remain at the top of the English game.

They are a general 8-11 to retain the title in 2018-19, while bet365 have turned their thoughts more long term and go 6-1 that they will be able to eclipse United’s record of three successive wins.

The Red Devils completed a hat-trick of successes twice under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Liverpool, who are a point behind second-placed United having played a game more, are 5-1 with bet365 to win next year’s title, which would be their first success since 1990, while United, who have not won the title for five years, are rated 6-1 chances with the Stoke-based firm.

Tottenham and Chelsea are both available at 12-1.

Rodriguez’s goal gave Albion a lifeline but they still have a mountain to climb to have any chance of maintaining their top-flight status.

They are nine points behind 17th-placed Swansea with four games remaining, while Stoke, who are six points from safety, are 1-7 with Betway and Hills as they prepare for their crunch clash at West Ham.

Southampton are 1-2 to be playing in the Championship next season while the Swans are 9-2 and Huddersfield, who grabbed a late victory over Watford on Saturday, are 5-1.

One team who will be playing in the Premier League are Wolves, who beat Birmingham 2-0 having had their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship confirmed by Fulham’s draw against Brentford on Saturday.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are 7-4 with bet365 to finish in the top half next season and 20-1 to claim a top-six spot.

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Brighton v Tottenham

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Both of Brighton’s league home games have had at least four goals and more fireworks could be on show at the Amex Stadium. For while the Seagulls should appreciate playing back in front of their own fans against a Tottenham outfit that have endured three straight defeats (Watford, Liverpool and Inter in midweek), they may struggle to cope with Spurs' attacking quality.

 

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