Another fascinating weekend has seen Arsenal maintain their lead over Manchester City at the Premier League summit following a 4-1 victory at home to Leeds on Saturday afternoon.
The pressure was on the Gunners as the champions, without star striker Erling Haaland, had ruthlessly swept aside Liverpool 4-1 in a convincing rout at the Etihad Stadium in the lunchtime kick off.
However, Arsenal completed the task at hand with minimal fuss thanks to a brace from Gabriel Jesus as well as efforts from former Leeds loanee Ben White and midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Mikel Arteta's men are still sitting pretty at the top of the table with an eight-point cushion, although City do have a game in hand.
The Gunners are currently the 8/11 favourites to lift the title, while City are available at 6/5 to complete a magnificent turnaround and win a third straight crown.
|What||Premier League 2022/23|
|When||5th August 2022 - 28th May 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime|
|Odds||Arsenal 8/11, Manchester City 6/5, Manchester United 200/1|
After Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Man City in the middle of February, some onlookers were concerned that the Gunners' lack of trophy success and perceived previous mental fragility would come back to haunt them.
Arteta's men have, as it stands, proven those doubters wrong, responding in devastating fashion - Saturday's success over Leeds was their seventh win in a row with, having netted 23 goals in that spell.
Goals are being chipped in from all areas of the pitch with White scoring his second of the season while Jesus' goals were his first since October following a frustrating and injury-laden season.
The league leaders are a fearsome unit and it will seemingly take an almighty collapse for them to now not to win their first Premier League title since 2004, with only City capable of stopping them.
Pep Guardiola was hugely complimentary of his side following their 4-1 thumping of Liverpool, citing it as one of their best displays in his seven-year stint in charge at the Etihad.
Despite conceding first to a Mohamed Salah goal, Julian Alvarez, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and man-of-the-match Jack Grealish fired back to see City beat their rivals convincingly.
The champions proved they can compete without injured talisman Haaland, and have at least sent a warning to Arsenal that they will not be giving up their crown without a fight.
The Citizens will be looking to send another reminder when they are next in action as they face a trip to bottom side Southampton, installed as strong 1/4 favourites in the Full Time Result market, with the Saints on offer at 10/1 and the draw at 9/2.
Whatever happens, it has been a wonderful season for Newcastle but it might end in total triumph if they can finish in the top four places.
The Magpies have given themselves new-found hope of Champions League football next season following a brilliant 2-0 win over Manchester United - a reversal of the League Cup final disappointment five weeks ago.
Eddie Howe's side had to be patient but they were the better team from start to finish, Joe Willock's close-range header eventually giving them a deserved lead in the 65th minute.
Substitute Callum Wilson ultimately sealed the win late on with United simply having nothing in response.
The wins lifts Newcastle to third above the Red Devils, with Tottenham hoping to enhance their claims when they play Everton on Monday night.
Newcastle are 8/13 to grab a top-four spot, with Manchester United at 2/7 and Spurs at 7/4, while eighth-placed Liverpool are on offer at 3/1.
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Leicester won the title only seven years ago and the FA Cup just two years back, so it would be almost unthinkable to see them relegated from the Premier League.
However, that is where they are heading unless results improve and the Leicester board have decided a change of manager is imperative if they are to preserve their top-flight status.
Saturday's meek 2-1 capitulation to a similarly out-of-form Crystal Palace was the final straw and Rodgers departs with eight games left to go this season.
The Foxes, 5/2 To be Relegated, have struggled defensively with only Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth having conceded more goals, with fans having voiced their displeasure at the lack of progress made.
Financial issues meant Rodgers had one hand tied behind his back but a run of only two wins in 13 post-World Cup league games has seen the Ulsterman depart.
Rafael Benitez's name has been mentioned as a possible replacement - the Spaniard would bring a wealth of experience at Premier League level and he is 3/1 To be Manager on 01/9/2023.
This season looks set to provide the most drama ever seen in a Premier League relegation race with nine teams realistically still in the mix to finish in the bottom three spots.
It was a good return to the Selhurst Park dugout for Roy Hodgson with the 75-year-old masterminding a comeback for Crystal Palace against Leicester 2-1 - the Eagles are now as big as 8/1 to go down.
Bournemouth also came from behind to beat mid-table Fulham 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium as the Cherries continue to punch above their weight.
Dominic Solanke scored against Fulham for the fourth game in a row to give Gary O'Neil a welcome boost.
Nottingham Forest and Wolves played out a tense 1-1 draw at the City Ground while Leeds failed to keep Arsenal at bay, losing 4-1 at the Emirates.
The big losers of the weekend were Southampton, who were beaten 1-0 by fellow strugglers West Ham on Sunday thanks to Nayef Aguerd's first goal for the Hammers.
Ruben Selles' Saints are now three points off safety and could find themselves cut adrift given they play Manchester City next - they are 2/9 to be relegated and end their 11-year stay in the top flight.
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