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EPL – Matchweek 17 & 18 in Review

Matchweek 17 and 18 of the 2021/22 EPL season, joint midweek and weekend games, saw Chelsea drop further points and the Gunners reinforce their Top 4 credentials.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Trouble at the Bridge

Everything’s turning south at Chelsea. And quickly.

Once title favourites for the 2021-22 EPL season, the Blues have won just one of their last four league games and, to make matters worse, have a number of positive COVID cases in their ranks. Coach Thomas Tuchel was left hugely frustrated after the 0-0 draw with Wolves on the weekend, which his side started as $1.78 favourites (this after failing to take points against Everton midweek despite starting at $1.22 H2H with Palmerbet). “We talk about protecting players and a safe environment but it is not safe,” he said. “I would be not surprised if the next test shows up and we have more positives.”

The Blues are now out to $8 in Palmerbet’s title market.

Gunners continue charge

Winless and goalless in their first three games of the 2021-22 campaign, Arsenal’s turnaround has been pronounced this EPL season. A third straight win — this time a 4-1 victory over Leeds — has them humming. The Gunners started as $1.59 favourites at Elland Road and justified their favouritism; Gabriel Martinelli continuing his brilliant recent form with a brace. At one stage $13 Top 4 hopes with Palmerbet, Mikel Arteta’s men are now into $3.60.

City superior

Another week, another win. It says a lot about a club when the coach unimpressed with a 4-0 win — but that is Pep Guardiola and his ever-high standards at Manchester City. Despite being away from home, the Sky Blues went in as heavy $1.13 favourites against Newcastle and did the job with two goals either side of the break. Given Chelsea’s travails and Liverpool being held by Spurs, City shortened even further in Palmerbet’s EPL title market on the back of the win, now into $1.36. It’s the shortest they’ve been all season.

But Guardiola wants more. “The first half was one of the poorest we’ve played this season,” he said after the Newcastle win. “We were not there. We didn’t play in any rhythm and everyone had too many touches, losing balls.” Let’s hope he feels the Christmas cheers in the coming days.

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