Week 13 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw Man City widen the title odds gap, while Newcastle lodged themselves further into the relegation mire. 

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

City surge

It was a near perfect weekend for Manchester City, not only brushing past fourth-placed West Ham but watching on as neighbours Manchester United held fellow title hopefuls Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge. The Sky Blues were dominant in a snow-covered Etihad surface. Somewhat surprisingly, they started very strong $1.29 favourites against the impressive Hammers. But they controlled proceedings and, aside from a late Manuel Lanzini wonder strike, prevented David Moyes’ side from any guilt-edged opportunities. The win saw Pep Guardiola’s men shorten from $1.72 into $1.57 EPL title favourites for 2021/22.

Blues held

Rarely have Chelsea started as such strong favourites against Manchester United. But on Sunday the in-form Blues machine ($1.57 H2H) were expected to wipe the floor with a floundering United outfit. By the final whistle, however, they were wondering what had just happened. Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated proceedings but couldn’t get one past an impressive David de Gea in the United goal during the first half. A horror Jorginho mistake on the halfway line allowed Jadon Sancho in for an against-the-run-of-play goal on the 50-minute mark, before the Chelsea midfielder levelled things up with an equaliser soon after.

While the league leaders are still one point ahead of City on the EPL table, their title price with Palmerbet lengthened from $2.80 to $3.10 on the back of the draw.

Toon trouble

Thirteen games into the EPL season, and Newcastle United are STILL without a win. Another loss on the weekend — this time to Arsenal — sees them already six points from safety. And we’re only a third of the way through the season. Arsenal ($1.44 H2H) were clinical at home, winning 2-0. Save for a few long-range efforts from Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle were never really in the contest.

Prior to the season starting, the Magpies were $6.50 chances to finish in the top half of the EPL table. Now? That price has lengthened almost weekly, and is now out to $23. Relegation is looking a genuine possibility for one of the richest clubs in world football.

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