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Premier League review: Champions slip up in title chase

There was another thrilling weekend of Premier League action, with title-chasing Arsenal and Manchester City both suffering surprise defeats.

Arsenal looked like they had handed the initiative to City after they were surprisingly beaten at Sean Dyche's Everton on Saturday, but Pep Guardiola's side could not capitalise a little over 24 hours later, as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Those results mean Arsenal are 4/5 in the To Win Outright market to end the season as champions, while City are 13/10.

Record-breaking Kane dents City's title hopes

City were always going to be in for a tough afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they had failed to win or even score in any of their four previous visits to the venue and the writing was on the wall when Harry Kane put Spurs in front after just 15 minutes.

The goal was a record-breaking one for Kane as it was his 267th for Spurs, moving him one clear of Jimmy Greaves as the club's all-time record goalscorer, while it was also his 200th in the Premier League.

There was of course still plenty of time for City to get back into the game, but not for the first time this season, the Citizens lacked an attacking spark and the defeat means they remain five points behind Arsenal in the title race, having also played a game more.

For Spurs, they have moved to within a point of the Champions League places and they are now 7/4 in the To Finish in Top 4 market.

Johnson fires Forest to crucial win

Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches and moved a full six points clear of the relegation zone thanks to their 1-0 victory over struggling Leeds in Sunday's early kick off.

Brennan Johnson struck the only goal of the game during the first half as Steve Cooper's side showed no ill effects from their Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Manchester United during the week.

Forest are now unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games at the City Ground and are 11/4 in the To be Relegated market, an impressive position to be in, considering they spent much of the first half of the season in the relegation zone.

The defeat leaves Leeds above the relegation zone only on goal difference - although they do have a game in hand on all sides in the bottom half - and the pressure could once again be mounting on head coach Jesse Marsch, with the Whites having failed to win any of their last seven league games.

Leeds are 2/1 in the To be Relegated market and they will be hoping their January recruits can settle in quickly, with Weston McKennie having come on to make his debut against Forest following his deadline-day loan switch from Juventus.

Dyche delight as leaders come unstuck at Everton

It was all doom and gloom at Everton heading into their clash with league leaders Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime, with the Toffees sitting inside the relegation zone and without a win in 10 matches across all competitions.

That poor run had cost Frank Lampard his job and not many people were giving his successor Dyche much chance of avoiding defeat in his first game in charge, especially as the Toffees had failed to add to their squad during the January transfer window.

However, Dyche, who was used to performing miracles during his time in charge of Burnley, had not read the script as he masterminded a shock 1-0 win for Everton that was earned thanks to a goal from another former Claret, James Tarkowski.

The win was not enough to lift Everton out of the relegation zone, but it has renewed belief that the Toffees can survive at odds of 8/13 while they are 5/1 to win their next match, a Merseyside derby at Liverpool on 13th February.

For Arsenal, it was just their second league defeat of the season, but the damage of the loss has been limited by City's failure to get anything from their clash with Spurs.

Manager Mikel Arteta was not too downbeat after the Goodison defeat, declaring "I love my players much more", with the Gunners 4/5 in the To Win Outright market.

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Liverpool's woes deepen

Liverpool's season reached a new low on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp's side capitulated to a 3-0 defeat at Wolves, and the result could arguably have been even more emphatic.

Wolves, who were looking to gain revenge for their FA Cup exit at the hands of the Reds last month, were 2-0 up inside the opening 12 minutes following a Joel Matip own goal and a debut strike for Craig Dawson.

Ruben Neves added a third for Wolves after the break and the result leaves Julen Lopetegui's side 15th in the standings, two points clear of the bottom three and priced at 2/11 in the Not to be Relegated market.

For Liverpool, they remain 10th in the standings but are now a full 11 points off the Champions League positions and still without a league win this calendar year, picking up just one point and one goal from their four matches to date.

The Reds seemingly face an uphill battle to end the season in the European positions, and they are 4/9 in the To Finish in Top 6 market, while they can be backed at 3/1 in the To Finish in Top 4 market - both outcomes seem unlikely as things stand.

Ten Hag's United go marching on

If Liverpool's hopes of finishing in the top four are fading fast, Manchester United's chances appear to be increasing by the week, with Erik ten Hag's side priced at 1/6 in the To Finish in Top 4 market after they moved into third with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

United have now won 13 of their last 15 matches across all competitions and, with Arsenal and City slipping up this weekend, perhaps they cannot be discounted entirely from a title challenge. 

The Red Devils are 20/1 in the To Win Outright market, although they were dealt a blow during the victory over Palace, as influential midfielder Casemiro was sent off following an altercation with Will Hughes and is now banned for three matches.

Newcastle have slipped to fourth after they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham at St James' Park in Saturday's late game. The Magpies are 1/1 in the To Finish in Top 4 market, but they have now drawn four of their last five league games.

Saturday's other results saw Brighton and Brentford boost their European prospects with victories. Kaoru Mitoma's late strike earned the Seagulls a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, while the Bees were more comfortable in seeing off Southampton 3-0.

There was also a six-goal thriller at Villa Park as Leicester ended a five-match winless run in the league with a 4-2 success at Aston Villa, while there was nothing to separate big-spending Chelsea and Fulham in Friday's West London derby which finished 0-0.

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