Chelsea (25/1 Premier League Outright) and Liverpool (9/1) played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Sunday, but it is a result that suits Manchester City (1/10) more in the title race.

Both sides were looking to make up ground on City at the top of the standings, but it was a day of what might have been, with Pep Guardiola’s side now 10 points clear of Chelsea and 11 ahead of Liverpool.

An incident-packed match could have been entirely different had Liverpool forward Sadio Mane been sent off just six seconds into the contest for an apparent elbow into the face of Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta (pictured) – a challenge that only resulted in a yellow card for the Senegal international.

Mane was then the man that put Liverpool in front less than 10 minutes later before Mohamed Salah (2/7 Premier League Top Goalscorer Outright) doubled the visitors’ lead midway through the first half with his 16th league goal of the season.

Chelsea responded before the break with one of the goals of the campaign from Mateo Kovacic, who superbly volleyed home from the edge of the area, before Christian Pulisic then drew the hosts level in first-half stoppage time.

There was no further scoring after the restart, with Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta admitting after the match that the draw has handed even more of the initiative to Man City in the title race – the Citizens having beaten Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

“They are the ones at the top,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports. “The more points we are behind the happier they will be. They have been setting the standards really high. It was up to us to close the gap, we know they are a quality team, they have been playing together for a while.

“We are on our way but until now we didn’t reach that level of consistency that would keep us at the top.”

Azpilicueta also felt the match would have been very different had Mane been sent off for his early challenge.

“A clear red,” the Spaniard added. “I don’t mind if it is five seconds into the game it is a red. I don’t understand, we have had these kind of decisions the other day. It is a clear red card. We are getting these decisions against us and it can change the way of the game.”

The match at Stamford Bridge was one of four taking place in the Premier League on Sunday and there was plenty of excitement on show, with a total of 16 goals being scored.

Five of those came at Goodison Park, but it was visitors Brighton & Hove Albion who came out on top against Everton (1/6 Bottom Half Finish), with Alexis Mac Allister scoring a brace in a 3-2 win for Graham Potter’s side.

It was another tough day at the office for Rafael Benitez’ Toffees, although the match did mark the return of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the XI for the first time since August following a quad injury. However, his day was marred by a missed penalty.

Leeds United (4/1 Relegation) eased their relegation concerns and added to Burnley’s (4/6) with a 3-1 victory at Elland Road, Jack Harrison, Stuart Dallas and Daniel James scoring the goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who are now eight points clear of the bottom three.

Brentford (9/2 Top Half Finish) were also winners, coming from behind to overcome Aston Villa 2-1 on home soil – Mads Roerslev grabbing the winner with his first Premier League goal.

The top-flight action continues on Monday, with Manchester United playing host to Wolverhampton Wanderers in what will be the final match of the busy festive schedule (Man United 3/5, Draw 3/1, Wolves 5/1 – Match Betting).

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