Matchweek 16 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw the BIGGEST upset of the season in Manchester, as Arsenal officially head into the World Cup break as leaders.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Bees cause a sting at City

Brentford travelled to champions Manchester City as one of the largest head-to-head outsiders we’ve seen this EPL season. The Bees were hefty $19 underdogs with Palmerbet as City ($1.12) were expected to keep the heat on league leaders Arsenal. To underline the gap between the clubs, Brentford hadn’t beaten City since 1937. But the expected result didn’t eventuate as Thomas Frank’s side pulled off a famous 2-1 victory to stun the Etihad. Ivan Toney responded to being overlooked for England’s World Cup squad by scoring a brace, an outcome that was $34 pre-match. Brentford’s win as $19 outsiders was by far the biggest upset of the season. Prior to this clash, Leeds’ 2-1 upset of Liverpool a fortnight ago as $11.70 underdogs was the biggest of this EPL campaign to date.

But Frank’s men blew that away. And they’re buzzin’.

Gunners’ buffer grows

Watching the City versus Brentford clash on Saturday was Arsenal, who knew a Bees upset would see them remain on top of the EPL table heading into the FIFA World Cup break irrespective of their result with Wolverhampton later that day. But the Gunners ($1.60 favourites) didn’t rest on their haunches, and the Brentford upset seemingly inspired Mikel Arteta’s side. They controlled proceedings against Wolves to run out 2-0 winners ($7.50 ‘correct score’ market) after a double to Norwegian Martin Odegaard — an outcome that was paying $26 pre-match with Palmerbet. Arteta admitted post-game that his side had watched the Brentford upset. Asked how his players reacted to Tony’s 98th-minute winner, he said: “As you can imagine”.

The result at Wolves has given Arsenal a more-than-handy five-point lead over second-placed City atop the EPL table. The league now takes a six-week break to pause for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Which means Gunners’ fans ‘we are toppa the league’ chants can continue for some time yet. After starting the season as $34 title hopes, Arsenal are now into $3.25 with Palmerbet.

Newcastle wind back the clock

The next time we’ll see EPL football on our screens, due to the World Cup break, is on Boxing Day. Which means that Newcastle — on the back of another rollicking win, this time over Chelsea at a raucous St James’ Park — will sit inside the Champions League spot spots on Christmas Day for the first time since 2001-02. The 1-0 win over Chelsea (after starting $2.25 favourites) was impressive on a number of levels, not least just how comfortable Eddie Howe’s men were on the ball throughout the 90 minutes. They’ve now won five on the bounce, making them the in-form EPL side. In third spot just two points behind City, the Magpies too have a handy buffer inside the Top 4. They go into the break four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth.

Having started the season as $9.50 EPL Top 4 hopes, Newcastle are now into $2.10 with Palmerbet.

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