On the back of a 6-0 rout of Chelsea, a re-energised Manchester City have snatched back their ‘title favourite’ status in the EPL.

Well, not many were expecting that.

Sure, City had hit some good form after their December slip. And sure, they were the more fancied side, going in $1.50 favourites against Chelsea with Palmerbet. But 6-0? Putting six past a side who just two months ago were considered a top-four lock? Now that’s laying down a marker.

Back on top

The win further underlined City’s title credentials, moving them to $1.70 EPL favourites with Palmerbet. It was just a few weeks ago that Liverpool were at that exact price, but 11 wins in 12 have put Guardiola’s side back into favouritism. The Reds have slipped ever so slightly back out to $2.20 after dropping points in three games during that same 12-game stretch. They, however, remain level with City on 65 points, but with a vital game in hand. With their next fixture against the resurgent Man United, and a sense that the players under Jurgen Klopp may be ever-so-slightly starting to feel the pressure, questions are being asked whether they have the mettle to break their 29-year EPL title drought.

A leveller

After draws to West Ham and Leicester to relinquish top spot, the Reds were back to winning ways on the weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. It wasn’t just the three points, but the manner they went about it. Klopp’s side returned to the high-energy, pressing football that’s blown away so many sides this season. Trent Alexander-Arnold was superb in his return after a month on the sidelines.

Whether they can maintain the form they showed on the weekend against top sides, however, is yet to be seen. With no football this weekend (owing to crashing out of the FA Cup), Liverpool have a 10-day breather before facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League round-of-16 next Wednesday. They start that clash at home as $2 favourites with Palmerbet. Then, next weekend they face Man United at Old Trafford. They also start that one as favourites, at $2.38 (United are currently $2.88).

Blues dive in top four market

After the 6-0 loss to City, Chelsea has spectacularly dropped in Palmerbet’s top four market. Heavy losses to Arsenal, Bournemouth and City in the last month has seen them drop from $1.28 chances to $2.25. They’ve been replaced in kind by Man United who at one stage were out to $6.50. All of a sudden Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has surged back to $1.90 hopes. And after another impressive performance on the weekend (3-0 win over Fulham), it’s hard to not see the Red Devils making a huge claim for that final Champions League spot. Will it be Arsenal ($4 to make top four) or Chelsea, both one point adrift, who prove the biggest rival in the scramble for fourth?

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