Manchester City (1/20 Premier League Outright) pulled 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after beating Chelsea (40/1) 1-0 on Saturday, while Rafael Benitez’s future is in serious doubt following Everton’s loss to Norwich.
City outclassed Chelsea in the opening fixture of the day at the Etihad as Kevin De Bruyne’s (pictured) second-half strike decided the contest.
The Belgian, who endured an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea earlier in his career, produced a moment of brilliance as he danced to the edge of the box before rifling home his sixth league goal of the campaign.
The win leaves City 13 points ahead of the west London outfit in second, while Liverpool (12/1 Premier League Outright), who have two games in hand, are third and a further point back.
There were three games at 15:00 with more of a focus on the bottom end of the table as Newcastle United (11/10 to be relegated), Watford (8/15) and Norwich (1/16), who are all placed in the bottom four, took to the field.
St James’ Park was the venue for a relegation six-pointer between the Magpies and Watford and it appeared the hosts were set for all three points after Allan Saint-Maximin notched early in the second half.
They held on to that lead until the final moments but Joao Pedro salvaged a draw for the Hornets in the 88th minute.
At Carrow Road, two of the Premier League’s out-of-form clubs squared off with Norwich hosting Everton.
A Michael Keane own goal put the Canaries ahead and they were 2-0 up just two minutes later when Adam Idah slotted home to round off a neat counter-attack.
Everton did manage to pull one back through substitute Richarlison on the hour mark but they couldn’t find an equaliser as Norwich ended an eight-game winless streak.
Norwich have climbed up to 18th following that result, leapfrogging Newcastle, although the north east outfit have a game in hand.
Watford remain one place and one point above the drop zone and they have two games in hand over the Norfolk club.
Everton fans unfurled a banner urging the board to sack Benitez at the full time whistle and it’s understood they are considering his future at Goodison Park after winning just one of their last 13 league games.
Meanwhile, Wolves have moved up to eighth after extending their unbeaten streak to four with a 3-1 victory at home to Southampton.
Raul Jimenez set them on their way from the penalty spot before Conor Coady doubled their advantage in the second half.
Southampton threatened a comeback when James Ward-Prowse reduced the deficit but Adama Traore’s stoppage time goal helped the hosts ease to all three points.
Finally, Aston Villa fought back from two goals down to pick up a point with new signing Philippe Coutinho coming off the bench to help secure the 2-2 draw against Manchester United (15/8 Top Four Finish) at Villa Park.
Bruno Fernandes netted either side of half time to put Ralf Rangnick’s men in the driving seat but Villa were given a route back into proceedings when Jacob Ramsey bagged on 77 minutes.
Coutinho, making his first appearance for the club, was the hero five minutes later when stroking in from close range to seal the a share of the points.