It was a busy Saturday in the Premier League with eight games being played. Jasmine Baba rounds up the day's action and odds...

Blues move on up

Chelsea jump to third, and two points behind second placed Manchester City, with a 2-1 win against Watford at Vicarage Road. It's the Blues' seventh consecutive win across all competitions equalling their club record from 1989.
It was also their fifth consecutive league win since losing to Liverpool in September.
It was their starlet Tammy Abraham who opened the scoring for Frank Lampard's side after five minutes, which is his ninth goal of the season. No other player has scored more in the league with Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero also on par with the Chelsea man. Christian Pulisic got the second in the second half, however the match wasn't without controversy. Gerard Deulofeu was brought down in the area but on second look he dived a while after the intial contact. After discussions between the on-field referee and the VAR ref (none other than Mike Dean), the no penalty decision was overturned and Deulofeu scored from the spot.

But it wasn't enough to stop the Blues, who seem to be gaining momentum ever since they were written off at the start of the season. They're now 1.43 to finish in the Champions League spots and, even though it's unlikely, their odds to win the title have gone from 60.00 to 48.00. If you fancy something more realistic, they're now 6.00 to finish in the Top Two.

Liverpool and Manchester City both comeback

It was a nerving day for both of the big two as both had their work cut out for them in what should've been, easy games.
City faced a Southampton team who had come off a 9-0 home defeat against Leicester the last time out and many predicted it to be a similar drubbing at the Etihad, but it was the Saints who struck first to everyone's surprise.
But with only 25% amount of the possession, and three shots on goal, it was only going to go one way. It took until the 70th minute for Man City to equalise through Sergio Aguero, but the 26 goal attempts finally paid off with Kyle Walkers' winner in the 86th.
It was a similar story for Liverpool too, going 1-0 down away at Aston Villa thanks to a Trezeguet goal in the first half. It looked like Villa would actually spring the biggest surprise of this season ending the Reds' unbeaten run, but there was only heartbreak in the end with Andy Robertson equalising in late in the 87th minute and Sadio Mane, in the dying moments, netting the winner.
With both of the big two winning, their odds for the title have stayed approximately the same, with Liverpool currently at 1.89 to win the Premier League title and Man City slightly behind at 2.30.

Inconsistencies remain as United are defeated, Arsenal also held

In the early kick off, Manchester United faced Bournemouth away at the Vitality stadium and after it seemed like the visitors had turned a corner, they once again were thwarted by their sloppy attack, registering only a 0.64 xG to the Cherries' 1.87.
It was a close fought match, slightly slowed down by the wet, south-coast weather with both teams sharing around the same amount of possession (48% v 52%) but it was Josh King's strike at the end of the first half that made the difference in Bournemouth's 1-0 win.
It's United's fourth defeat of the season, which sees them drop to 10th in the table with 13 points from their 11 Premier League games this season - Opta tells us it's their lowest tally at this stage of a league campaign since 1986-87 (11 points). Their Top Four odds has now drifted; 4.90 to 6.40.
It was also "same old Arsenal", as they looked lacklustre once again against Wolves. Unai Emery tried to shake up his starting XI, handing Mesut Ozil's first league start this season, but a weird diamond formation with Dani Ceballos and Lucas Torreira in midfield made them struggle.
They managed to go 1-0 up thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his 50th goal for Arsenal, with Lacazette assisting, but they once again allowed a high number of shots, and were out-shot by their opponents. It's no such wonder that a Jimenez equaliser came in the 70th minute. That's three games without a win for the North London club, and along with United's Top Four standing, Arsenal's own odds have from 2.76 to 3.20.

No this isn't a joke

But Sheffield United are up to sixth in the table with their 3-0 win over Burnley. They had only scored three goals at Bramall Lane before this match but made light work of the Clarets, with a John Lundstram brace and John Fleck goal before half-time. The result means their relegation odds have moved from 4.60 out to 5.70.
It was Burnley's third straight defeat in the league, and with Sean Dyche's men only four points away from the drop zone, their odds have gone from 5.80 all the way down to 3.75.
The Blades weren't the only ones who found their goalscoring boots, with Newcastle also going 3-0 up away at West Ham- the final result there was 3-2 to the Magpies. It was a big away victory for them and as such, their relegation odds have also drifted from 2.60 to 3.10.
It was also a good day for for Brighton, with a solid 2-0 win over struggling Norwich. The Canaries, who have only picked up one point from a possible 15, are shortening quickly in the Rock Bottom market and are now 2.36 to be the club to end up last in the league table by the end of the season.

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