Manchester City’s win over their crosstown rivals on Thursday morning reassumes the one-point buffer between itself and Liverpool in the EPL title race.
For Reds fans, this was the game something had to happen. For about six weeks now, they have sat one point behind Manchester City in the race for the 2019 EPL title. The sequence repeated itself ad nauseam: Liverpool would win, moving them two points ahead with a game in hand, then City would win, edging them a point ahead. Jurgen Klopp’s side has been waiting, patiently, for them to slip up, and it just hasn’t happened. But Thursday morning was the moment. With games against Burnley (who City start $1.14 favourites against), Leicester and Brighton to come, this was the game Liverpool needed a result. For perhaps the first time in their life, fans were united in their support for the old enemy Manchester United. City entered the clash as $1.44 favourites with Palmerbet. And as it turned out, they more than justified the favourites tag.
Two managers. One winner.
— Goal (@goal) April 24, 2019
In truth, Guardiola’s side were far too good. The 2-0 win was clinical, and United could manage just one shot one goal. Goals to Bernardo Silva ($8.50 pre-game to be first goal scorer) and Leroy Sane ($2.80 anytime goalscorer) sealed another famous win. In doing so, Guardiola became the first manager ever to win three successive games at Old Trafford in the EPL. The win sees City firm even further in Palmerbet’s title market. Pre-game, Guardiola’s side were $1.55 to go back-to-back, and the win at Old Trafford has seen them into $1.22.
Man City have scored 157 goals in all competitions this season – the most by an English top-flight side in a single season in history pic.twitter.com/jrZkVrERKx
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 24, 2019
Great team, wrong year
It’s incredibly tough luck for Liverpool who, in any other season, could have easily wrapped up the title. There remains the possibility that the Reds (should they win their last three games) will lose just one game in the entire season – against City in January – and STILL not win their first title since 1989-90. After City’s derby win, Klopp’s side drifted from $2.35 to $4 in Palmerbet’s title market.
Manchester City are a sensational side. The fact that Liverpool are only one point adrift of them is a huge achievement. Liverpool are an outstanding side. The fact that Manchester City are one point ahead of them is an enormous achievement. What a season.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 24, 2019
Liverpool, like City, have a relatively straightforward finish to the season in terms of opponents. They face Huddersfield (who the Reds start as $1.06 favourites against), Newcastle, and Wolves on the final day. However, with Wolves’ recent form, that clash could prove a potential banana skin.
Top four rollercoaster
As referenced above, United managed just one shot on goal in the derby. At home. This was far from good enough for a Man United side that, after the new manager bounce post-Mourinho, are now in free fall. With seven losses in their last nine games, the prospect of finishing in the top four is slipping.
7th defeat in 9 games for @ManUtd The last time that happened was 1962. Meanwhile a #ManchesterDerby double completed ‘Pep’ registers his 3rd straight victory at OT and @ManCity go top of the #PremierLeague – the 28th change at the top this season! @premierleague #MUNMCI
— Seema Jaswal (@meseemajaswal) April 24, 2019
Their only saving grace is that their competitors are failing to take advantage. Earlier this week Chelsea could only manage a draw against Burnley, while Arsenal were trounced 3-1 by Wolves at Molineux despite starting $2.40 favourites with Palmerbet. With three games to go, Chelsea (67 points, $1.80 to finish top four) are favourites of the three to claim the final Champions League spot, with the Gunners (66 points, $2.30) just off the pace and United (64 points, $6) now genuine outsiders.