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EPL – Matchweek 26 in Review

Matchweek 26 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw Liverpool dish out a record thumping of Man United, while Arsenal showed why they remain title favourites.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Seventh heaven for Klopp, United ‘embarrassed’

Where did that come from?

In a monumental result, and one that will have ramifications far deeper than merely three points, Liverpool dished out Manchester United’s biggest loss in 92 YEARS with a 7-0 thumping at Anfield. A Cody Gakpo first-half opener ($7.75 first goalscorer with Palmerbet) was followed by SIX second-half goals as the Reds dealt utter humiliation and ensured bragging rights for years to come, irrespective of where both clubs finish this EPL season.

Pre-match, head-to-head markets were tough to split. United were undoubtedly the in-form side and, at $2.75 with Palmerbet were only edged by a recently resurgent Liverpool outfit ($2.40) largely due to playing at home. Many fancied Erik ten Hag’s side for an upset. What ensued, however, was not forecast by even the most one-eyed of the Anfield faithful. To put into context the magnitude of the win, Jurgen Klopp’s men were $28 with a -3.0 handicap. Just what they might have been at -6.0 (market not available) would have been well into triple figures. Naturally, the result is damning for United and has seen their EPL title hopes blow out from $11 to $20 in one afternoon. For Liverpool, however (see below) their Top 4 hopes are right back on track.

Arsenal leave it very, very late

If the mark of a championship-winning side is that it can win when things aren’t going their way, then Arsenal are every bit the EPL title race frontrunners. At 2-0 down on the hour-mark against Bournemouth ($14) at home on the weekend, things weren’t falling into place for Mikel Arteta’s men ($1.20) who appeared set to conceded points again to Manchester City who had earlier beaten Newcastle 2-0 at home. A two-point buffer atop the table loomed. But instead, by full-time Arsenal had maintained their five-point lead.

Goals to Thomas Partey and Ben White (his first in Arsenal colours) got the home side back to parity before a stunning Reiss Nelson 97th-minute strike sealed an almighty snatch-and-grab three points. The 3-2 result paid $36 for correct score punters, while over 4.5 goals was paying $4.35. And, by the end, Arsenal remain $1.80 EPL title favourites with Palmerbet.

Magpies’ struggles continue

It was all going so well for Newcastle. Now, however, it seems season 2022-23 is catching up with them.

While an away defeat to reigning champions Manchester City ($1.30 H2H favourites) on the weekend was by no means a surprise, it maintained the pressure on Eddie Howe’s side who have now won just one of their last eight EPL games. Issues in the final third are mounting, and the Toon Army are struggling to see where their next goal is. In fact, they’ve scored just three time in that eight-game stretch. At one stage $1.67 Top 4 hopes with Palmerbet, the Magpies are now out to $3.30. Liverpool, by contrast, are now just three points outside the Champions League spots after both Newcastle and Tottenham lost over the weekend. They’ve come in to $2.00.



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