Matchweek 12 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw Manchester United dominate the highest-profile clash, while a big loss spelled the end of one manager’s tenure.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Beginning to click at Old Trafford?

In a topsy-turvy, rollercoaster reason, Manchester United put in their best performance yet under Erik ten Hag to dominate Tottenham in a 2-0 win ($13 pre-match ‘correct score’). It wasn’t so much the margin that underlined United’s domination. It was other statistics, such as shots (28 to nine) and corner (eight to three) that showed just how much play in the forward half United ($2.40 H2H) had. Any gutsy punters who had Fred ($21) for first goalscorer were handsomely rewarded. Bruno Fernandes ($3.75 anytime goalscorer) also bagged his first EPL goal in six games to round out the win.

United’s key goal this season is to simply finish inside the Top 4. Any hopes of the title are only held by the most optimistic of fans, and even they might conceded that their crosstown rivals have them covered in that regard. Such is their inconsistency this season, they still have work to do be an EPL Top 4 fancy. Starting the season at $2.70 in that market, United are still hovering around that price (currently $2.80) with City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all considered shorter-than-$2 hopes.

Magpies keep on keeping on

When Newcastle United became, overnight, the world’s richest club, fans knew an upward trajectory was inevitable. But perhaps not this quick. And especially not when they’re yet to splash out on any huge global names. Under Eddie Howe, the Magpies just keep on keeping on. In defeating Everton at home (as $1.61 favourites), Howe’s men picked up points for a sixth consecutive match. So how far can they go? European football appears a genuine goal now. If not the Champions League, then certainly the Europa League. For those who want to dream on, however, the Toon have shortened from $9.50 into $7.50 to finish inside the EPL Top 4.

Stevie G gone

After just two wins in 11 this season, it’s all over for Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool legend’s first EPL managerial role was unceremoniously ended by the Villa top brass after his side were hammered 3-0 by Fulham on Friday morning (AEDT). The sacking, however, was entirely unsurprisingly and the thrashing — despite the fact Villa started as $2.45 favourites — was clearly the final nail in the coffin. To give an indication of how bad the loss was, Fulham were $16.10 pre-match with a -2.0 handicap. And when fans were chanting anti-Gerrard songs at Craven Cottage, his time was clearly up. Villa started the EPL season as distant $12 relegation hopes with Palmerbet. However now sitting just goal difference outside the drop zone, they’ve shortened into $4.33.

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