Premier League elite show their class
The Premier League's elite all justified their odds-on status with victories on a day when bet365 joined the list of bookmakers to payout on Manchester City winning the title.
City, who remain 12 points clear, beat Newcastle 3-1 at the Etihad with Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick for Pep Guardiola's side.
Manchester United are City's nearest challengers after Anthony Martial’s ninth league goal of the season helped the Red Devils defeat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.
The victory extended United’s unbeaten run to seven Premier League games and lifted them back above Chelsea, who had cruised to a 4-0 triumph at Brighton earlier in the afternoon.
The Blues went into the match at the Amex without suspended attackers Pedro and Alvaro Morata but star man Eden Hazard took centre stage with a goal in each half.
Willian and Victor Moses were also on target for the champions, who jumped above Liverpool into third place.
Sixth-placed Arsenal narrowed the gap between themselves and the top four to five points courtesy of a 4-1 victory at home to Crystal Palace, set up by an incredible four-goal blitz inside the first 22 minutes.
The Gunners’ leading hitman Alexandre Lacazette was among the scorers at the Emirates, bringing an end to his nine-match goal drought.
Punters who stuck to the Premier League big guns will be cheering on Tottenham at Southampton (Sunday) and Liverpool at Swansea (Monday) to land accumulators that will potentially be expensive to bookmakers, although those football bettors who dropped down to the Sky Bet Championship are likely to be cursing the defeat of 4-9 shots Wolves against Nottingham Forest.
Stoke, who had new manager Paul Lambert in the dugout for the first time, are out of the relegation zone thanks to second half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Diouf which sealed a 2-0 victory at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield.
West Brom remained second from bottom after losing a lead in their 1-1 draw at Everton, while West Ham and Bournemouth also shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.
Leicester moved above Burnley into seventh – their highest position of the season – after easing to a 2-0 victory at home to Watford.
Defeat at the King Power Stadium was an 11th loss in 16 league matches for Marco Silva’s Hornets.