Matchweek 22 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw Manchester City put one hand firmly on this season’s title, while Man United floundered again.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
City shorten yet again
It was make or break for Chelsea on Saturday night. Thomas Tuchel’s men needed to beat table-topping Manchester City to keep any faint hope of a title challenge alive again the Sky Blues. At $5 head-to-head with Palmerbet it was always going to be a tough ask, and so it proved as City prevailed 1-0 courtesy of a Kevin de Bruyne stunner. The 1-0 result to City was paying $7.50 in ‘correct score’ markets pre-game.
The fall-out from the game is huge. For Chelsea it is now just two wins from their last EPL games. Their downfall is perhaps best exemplified by the fact that, at one stage this season, they were neck and neck with City as title favourites; $2.35 and $2.30 respectively. Now? Tuchel’s men are way, way out to $51. For Pep Guardiola, he looks to be steaming his way to a fourth EPL title in five season. Incredible.
Manchester City have won 12+ Premier League games in a row four times under Pep Guardiola:
◉ Aug 2017-Dec 2017: 18 games
◉ Feb 2019-Aug 2019: 15 games
◉ Dec 2020-Mar 2021: 15 games
◉ Nov 2021-Jan 2022: 12 games
Ridiculous. 👏 pic.twitter.com/5AaWJ4nxep
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 15, 2022
With just one win in their last four, Manchester United’s hopes of finishing inside the Top 4 are dwindling by the week. At 2-0 up 70 minutes into the the clash at Villa Park on Saturday, a much-needed three points appeared to be in the bag. But United let it slip again, and finished 2-2 despite starting as $2.38 favourites. The result means Ralf Rangnick’s men are now floundering in seventh, and five points outside the Champions League spots. Once $1.20 EPL Top 4 hopes (after Matchweek 5), United are now out to $2.88 with Palmerbet. And now Rangnick has troubles off the field as well as on it…
One of Ralf Rangnick or Anthony Martial has clearly lied to us fans. Sad state of Man Utd. 🤧 pic.twitter.com/UjCfs5F2mz
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) January 16, 2022
If you think Chelsea’s recent run is bad, Everton’s recent form was diabolical. And after a run of just two wins in 14 games, they’ve decided enough is enough and parted with manager Rafael Benitez. Defeat to relegation-threatened Norwich (despite starting as $2.00 favourites) was enough for directors to pull the pin on the Champions League-winning coach. And, according to some reports, former manager Roberto Martinez has emerged as the favourite to make what would be an extraordinary return to Goodison Park.
"Wayne Rooney's name is being mentioned" 👀
"Frank Lampard is out of work" ✅
"Here at Everton there's still a lot of admirers of Roberto Martinez" 😮
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 16, 2022