Manchester City (1/10 Premier League Outright) have pulled 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League standings after kicking off 2022 with a dramatic 2-1 victory at Arsenal.
Something had to give at the Emirates as Arsenal and Manchester City took to the field for the first Premier League game of the New Year.
Arsenal (5/2 Top 4 Finish) were riding a five-game winning streak across all competitions while City were seeking an 11th successive league victory.
Bukayo Saka got the Gunners off to the perfect start, netting on 31 minutes as the two sides played out an attractive first half.
City were handed a route back into the clash from the penalty spot after Granit Xhaka brought down Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez duly dispatched from 12 yards.
Arsenal’s hopes of edging back ahead were hit moments later when defender Gabriel was shown a second yellow card and the hosts were reduced to 10-men.
It apppeared as though a draw was on the cards as Arsenal clung on into additonal time, however, Rodri was able to steer home from close range to land all three points.
The league leaders are 11 points clear of Liverpool who make the trip south on Sunday to take on third-placed Chelsea at 16:30 (Chelsea 13/8, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 17/10 – Match Betting).
Saturday’s sole 15:00 kick off saw Tottenham head to Watford in a game that, on paper, should have been a breeze for the improving north Londoners.
Antonio Conte’s men dominated possession for large periods but struggled to break down a well organised Watford backline.
Ultimately, Spurs, who are yet to taste defeat in eight league games under Conte, found the winner deep into added on time when Davinson Sanchez rose to head home.
Tottenham (2/1 Top 4 Finish) have subsequently climbed to sixth and are just two points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with two games in hand.
The final game on Saturday was played out at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace taking on West Ham United.
West Ham (6/1 Top 4 Finish) were without a win since December 4 but a first-half blitz was enough to get them back on track as they pursue a top-four finish.
Michail Antonio got the Hammers up and running on 22 minutes with Manuel Lanzini doubling their tally just three minutes later.
The Argentinean bagged his second of the game to put the visitors in a commanding position by the half time break.
The clash looked to be done and dusted deep into the second half but Palace made their rivals sweat when Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise fired home inside the final 10 minutes.
West Ham held their nerve to seal a much-needed win, however, and they remain fifth, while Palace, who sorely missed Connor Gallagher, are in 11th.