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Liverpool maintain lead at the top, but City remain favourites

Published on February 1, 2024
Updated on February 2, 2024
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Liverpool maintain lead at the top, but City remain favourites
  • Liverpool see off Chelsea to maintain lead at the top
  • City win to stay five points behind with a game in hand
  • Arsenal win at Forest to keep pace

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Liverpool maintain lead with convincing win

Liverpool’s Conor Bradley showcased a remarkable performance by netting his debut goal for the club and providing two assists as they triumphed over Chelsea, solidifying their grip on the Premier League’s summit.

Heading into this round of fixtures five points clear at the top, Liverpool, who had a resounding 4-0 victory over Bournemouth in their previous league fixture, Liverpool aimed to maintain their momentum against Chelsea.

Darwin Nunez threatened Chelsea’s defence early on, hitting the woodwork twice in the opening stages and four times throughout the game. However, it was Diogo Jota who capitalised on Bradley’s pass, displaying determination as he navigated past defenders to find the net.

Bradley, the emerging 20-year-old talent from Northern Ireland, justified his recent impressive performances with a well-deserved goal, striding into the box from the right and unleashing a powerful shot into the far corner.

Liverpool missed an opportunity to extend their lead to 3-0 before halftime when Nunez struck the post from the penalty spot after Jota was fouled.

Alvarez hits double as Haaland returns

Julián Álvarez celebrated his 24th birthday in style, scoring twice as Manchester City secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Burnley at the Etihad Stadium. Rodri’s goal sealed City’s 13th consecutive win against Burnley, maintaining an impressive scoring record of 46 goals and conceding only two during this period. Ameen Al Dakhil managed a late consolation goal for Burnley.

Gunners grind out vital win at Forest

Arsenal, who were five points off the top at the start of this round of fixtures, claimed a hard fought 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest. Mikel Arteta’s side broke the deadlock in the second half, with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 65th minute, followed by Bukayo Saka doubling the lead seven minutes later. Despite Taiwo Awoniyi’s late goal for Nottingham Forest, Arsenal managed to hold on for the win.

Aston Villa slipped out of the top four after a 3-1 home loss to Newcastle United, who produced one of their best performances of the season. A three goal blast inside eight minutes early in the second half was enough to get Tottenham Hotspur a 3-2 win over Brentford. The win moves Spurs above Villa into fourth.

Betting Implications

Liverpool lead the table by five points from Manchester City and Arsenal, though City have a game in hand over their rivals. City remain the favourites for the title, priced at 4/6 with bet365. Liverpool are priced at 2/1, ahead of Arsenal, 9/1, Tottenham, 33/1 and Villa, 66/1.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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