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Matchweek 25 Review – City slip, Hojlund fires again

Matchweek 25 of the 2023/24 EPL season saw Man City unexpectedly drop points, Rasmus Hojlund prove when it rains it pours, and Spurs made to pay.

City slip as Reds, Gunners pounce

How you assess Manchester City’s performance against Chelsea on the weekend is likely determined by whether you’re a glass-half-full or empty kind of person. If the former, you might see coming back from a goal down to earn a point as another indication of City’s never-say-die attitude. They’ve already gained 18 points from losing positions in the EPL this season, which is their most in a top-flight campaign since 1993-94 (20).

Yet few City fans are likely to see it this way. Make no mistake, dropping two points at home as $1.32 favourites against a mid-table Chelsea outfit is definitely a slip up. Especially when you consider that title-chasing Liverpool and Arsenal both recorded comprehensive 4-1 and 5-0 victories respectively. Starting matchweek 25 as $1.53 title favourites with Palmerbet, by its conclusion Pep Guardiola’s men had slid back to $1.83, with the Reds ($2.80) and Gunners ($5.00) circling like sharks.

When it rains it pours

As a £72m summer signing from Atalanta, the fact that it took new Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund until Boxing Day to open his EPL goal account was, let’s say, far from ideal. Conversely, the fact that he’s scored an incredible seven goals in six games since breaking his duck, is better than even the most optimistic United fan might’ve imagined. They say when it rains it pours, and for Hojlund the floodgates have well and truly opened.

Having had his 21st birthday just a fortnight prior, Hojlund turned up at Kenilworth Road on Sunday knowing he would become the youngest player ever to score in six successive EPL appearances if he found the back of the net against Luton Town ($2.15 anytime goalscorer with Palmerbet). He not only did that, but followed it up with a second ($7.50 pre-match to score 2+) in the seventh minute, to give United a dream start. Erik ten Hag’s men hung on — no thanks to the Dane — as they kept their Top 4 dreams alive this season, having shortened from $21 into $6.00 in recent weeks.

Sloppy Spurs made to pay

Tottenham have had a number of exciting, pulsating performances since Aussie manager Ange Postecoglou took over in the summer. This was not one of them. Starting solid $1.52 favourites at home against Wolves ($5.00), Spurs were made to pay for poor errors at the back and failure to capitalise in the final third, going down 2-1 to register their first home loss since December 8. Ange’s men have developed a reputation for coming out of the blocks hard, but they hardly did so in this game; in fact, they failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Notably, the defeat has seen them lengthen beyond evens in the Top 4 market for the first time since December. Pre-game Spurs were $1.50 to finish inside the Champions League spots. Wins to the chasing Aston Villa (who leapfrogged Tottenham with victory over Fulham) and Manchester United puts them out to $2.10 with Palmerbet.

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