Manchester City (4/11 Premier League Outright) dropped further points after being held to a 1-1 by Aston Villa on a busy afternoon in the Premier League.

Villa frustrated City, who were seeking a third successive win, during the first half and they restricted the defending Premier League champions to shots off target.

Erling Haaland did strike his 10th goal already this season early in the second half to put City in front but Villa hit back through Leon Bailey to grab a share of the points.

The draw keeps Pep Guardiola’s men in second and they trail Arsenal, who head to Manchester United on Sunday (United 8/5, Draw 13/5, Arsenal 17/10 – Match Betting), by a point, while Villa are 17th and sit outside the drop zone only on goal difference.

Earlier on Saturday, Liverpool (13/2 Premier League Outright) made the short trip across Stanley Park to face neighbours Everton in the 12:30 clash.

But it proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds as they were consistently denied by England number one Jordan Pickford.

The Toffees did have the ball in the net but Conor Coady was rightly judged to be offside and the Merseyside rivals had to shake on a point after a goalless draw.

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In a battle of two newly promoted clubs, Bournemouth (7/4 to stay up) emerged victorious after coming from two goals down to defeat Nottingham Forest at 15:00.

Bournemouth’s quality has been questioned in the early weeks of the campaign and, having lost 9-0 at Liverpool, they sacked Scott Parker last month.

However, there was no shortage of spirit on show on Saturday when they fought back to seal a 3-2 win at their fellow top-flight new boys.

Forest held a 2-0 lead at half time following strikes from Cheikhou Kouyate and Brennan Johnson but the visitors refused to accept defeat.

Philip Billing, Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony all registered to secure three points for interim boss Gary O’Neil on the banks of the Trent.

Also at 15:00, Tottenham (12/1 Premier League Outright) maintained their unbeaten start to 2022/23 with a 2-1 win at home to Fulham, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Kane which rendered Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late effort a consolation.

Chelsea bounced back to win their London derby against West Ham at Stamford Bridge with Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz turning the game after Michail Antonio had put the visitors ahead.

There was an emphatic win for Brentford when Leeds visited the GTech Community Stadium as Ivan Toney notched a hat-trick in a 5-2 triumph.

At Molineux, Wolves (11/4 Top Half Finish) sealed their first win of the campaign as they edged out Southampton 1-0 courtesy of a first-half strike from Daniel Podence.

Goals were at a premium at St James’ Park as Newcastle and Crystal Palace – both now winless in three – played out a goalless draw.

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