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Matchweek 14 Review – Spurs snatch point in classic at City

Matchweek 14 of the 2023/24 EPL season saw an undermanned Tottenham get a huge point against Man City, Liverpool leave it late, and Man United get a dose of reality. 

Undermanned Spurs get point at City

Whatever your feelings about Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham side since the Aussie took over, one thing almost everyone can agree with is that every single game is box office entertainment. And this weekend was no different.

Undermanned, with no less than four starters out of his XI, big Ange was up against it as his side travelled to champions Manchester City. And the markets reflected this, with Spurs $9.25 outsiders against Pep Guardiola’s men ($1.25). Asked prior to the game if his side would adopt their usual aggressive approach or temper it away to last year’s treble winners. Postecoglou’s response was to the point. “If you had to take a punt what do you reckon I would say? Just a wild guess?”

And he stuck to his word. Spurs skipper Son Heung-min ($9.50 first goalscorer) scored twice inside the first 10 minutes, the first to put his side 1-0 up, and then into his own net to level things up. City controlled proceedings for much of the game to follow, and when Jack Grealish ($3.50 anytime goalscorer) put them 3-2 up in the 81st minute, they looked to have done enough. But Postecoglou side never know when they’re done. Dejan Kulusevski’s powerful header on 90 minutes ($6.50 anytime) got the contest back on level pegging, not before a hugely controversial call to prevent a clear City advantage (and potential Grealish one-on-one) prevented what could’ve been a last-gasp winner. The 3-3 result was paying $51 in Palmerbet’s pre-game market, and Over 5.5 goals was at $5.60.

Liverpool leave it late in high-scoring classic

After two draws in their last three EPL games, Liverpool were looking — and very much expected — to get back in the winners’ circle against Fulham on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side were $1.22 favourites to maintain touching distance with league leaders Arsenal. Going up 2-1 before the break, courtesy of a brilliant Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick that bounced in off the keeper and a long-range Alexis Mac Allister thunderbolt ($5.25 anytime goalscorer), the Reds looked on their way. However the Cottagers came roaring back. And when Bobby De Cordova-Reid headed them into a 3-2 lead in the 80th minute, it was looking like a huge boilover at Anfield. Yet, as they always do under Klopp, Liverpool came back hard late. Sumptuous strikes from Wataru Endo ($5.50 anytime) and Alexander-Arnold ($6.75) saw the home side home in a wild finish.

Leaving it late is becoming Liverpool’s forte this season. In fact, no EPL side has grabbed more points (15) from losing positions than Klopp’s men. And it maintains their title push. $7.00 hopes in the pre-season, Liverpool are into $4.50 on the back of the win.

Man United cop reality check at start of tough run

Surprisingly, given the discontent around Old Trafford at present, Manchester United were the EPL’s form team going into this weekend of matches. Erik ten Hag’s men were the only side to have won their last three league games. However there was always a caveat, and that was that recent wins were against lower-ranked sides on the bottom half of the table. So this weekend, against Newcastle United, was pinned as a real audit of where United were at. And as was revealed, they’re still way off the pace. Ten Hag’s side were $3.30 outsiders against the Magpies ($2.00) and they hardly fired a shot, completely outplayed by the home side as Anthony Gordon ($7.00 first goalscorer) scored the only goal. The defeat maintained an ugly stat for the Dutch manager; he has not won an away game against a Top 9 EPL club during his stay at the club.

Worse for United, the game represented only the start of a far tougher run. After the wins against bottom-half sides in Fulham, Luton and Everton prior to this weekend, they now face top-half clubs in four of their next five; Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa.

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