City 2-9 for title after Watford win

Manchester City's seventh straight Premier League victory moved them five points clear at the summit and the champions are only 2-9 to retain the title following the 2-1 win over Watford.

Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez were on target at Vicarage Road and preparations now turn to Saturday's crunch clash away to Chelsea.

Such is the dominance of Pep Guardiola's side that bookmakers rate them odds-on at a best-priced 10-11 with Coral to succeed at Stamford Bridge even though star striker Sergio Aguero remains doubtful for the trip having missed the wins over Bournemouth and Watford.

Second-placed Liverpool have the chance to narrow the deficit back to two points at Burnley on Wednesday.

Cardiff are 4-7 to be relegated following a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Joe Ralls's first-half penalty miss proved decisive for the Bluebirds, who went in level at the break before Lucas Perez scored twice and Michael Antonio added a third for the hosts.

West Ham lost Marko Arnautovic to injury ahead of Saturday's London derby at home to Crystal Palace which will be a key game for the Eagles after they were thumped 3-1 at arch-rivals Brighton.

Brighton, who had Shane Duffy red carded on 28 minutes, still found themselves 3-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone.

Palace are 9-1 to be relegated and Huddersfield are 4-7 as they went down 2-1 at Bournemouth.

Cherries hitman Callum Wilson notched his eighth Premier League goal of the campaign, moving him two behind leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and is 40-1 to win the Golden Boot.

Match in Focus

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Man City v Tottenham

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  • City scored in the opening half of 16 of their 19 home league games last term
Expert verdict
Manchester City beat Tottenham in three of their four meetings last term and an early season duel at the Etihad should see the Citizens uphold the form. Spurs supporters may feel they won 2018-19’s most crucial clash – the 1-0 first-leg victory at their new stadium that saw the Lilywhites advance into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s men. But while Guardiola has yet to crack the code in Europe with City, his team have barely put a foot wrong domestically. Fast starts against Liverpool in the Community Shield and at West Ham suggest they will look to seize the early initiative.

 

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