Matchweek 36 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw results with huge ramifications for the title race, Top 4, and relegation scrap.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
One hand on title
After a hugely disappointing week in which their club again fell short at the pointy end of the Champions League season, this was the tonic Manchester City fans needed. First, they saw title rivals Liverpool drop points at home; the $1.44 H2H favourites held by Tottenham at Anfield. Then, they brushed aside Newcastle 5-0. And while the result was very much expected (City started $1.14 favourites), the margin wasn’t. Pep Guardiola’s men were $7.35 when giving up a -4.0 head-start pre-game, but managed to finish in dominant fashion.
More importantly, the results sees them a step closer to securing the 2021-22 EPL title. After the final whistle at the Etihad, City had shortened into $1.14 for the title. Liverpool, meanwhile, are out to $7.50, and are relying on the Sky Blues slipping up against Wolves, West Ham or Aston Villa.
Man City—86 points
Three points clear with three games to go 👌 pic.twitter.com/vTDqRJOG3e
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 8, 2022
Arsenal on verge of UCL return
The equation is now simple for Arsenal: win at Tottenham on Thursday and return to the Champions League in 2022-23. Victory at home against Leeds (after starting $1.44 favourites) has Mikel Arteta’s men on the verge of securing a Top 4 spot. Combined with Spurs’ aforementioned draw, and the Gunners are now into $1.30 to return to Europe’s top club competition for the first time since 2016-17. In fact, with Chelsea dropping points at home to Wolves, Arsenal could even finish third — something scarcely believable after losing (and failing to score) in their first three games of this EPL season.
Arsenal are four points clear of Tottenham with three games to go in the race for the Champions League 📈 pic.twitter.com/KjYzGKzS2G
— GOAL (@goal) May 8, 2022
Everything’s coming up Toffees
If Manchester City’s weekend went to plan, then Everton’s was nearly perfect. Defeat for relegation rivals Leeds and Burnley, following by victory away at Leicester, sees them now in the box seat to remain in the EPL. The Toffees started as marginal $2.78 outsiders at the King Power but hung on to prevail 2-1. It sees them leapfrog both clubs in a huge result, ahead of what’s expected to be a huge few weeks. Victory against already-relegated Watford on Thursday morning (AEST) is now crucial, ahead of tougher games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal to come. They start that one as $1.83 favourites despite being away from home.
Massive result @Everton COME ON YOU BLUES 💙🌠
— Tim Cahill AO (@Tim_Cahill) May 8, 2022
"It's important to enjoy these moments, but a lot more work to be done!" 🤩
Frank Lampard was buzzing after a MASSIVE win for Everton at Leicester City 👇 pic.twitter.com/ItL13Bs2vs
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 8, 2022