EPL – Matchweek 28 in Review

Matchweek 28 of the 2021/22 EPL season saw neither City or Liverpool blink in the title race, while Arsenal’s Top 4 bid continued to gather steam.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Who will blink first?

Just as it was in the 2018-19 EPL season, the title race has come down to a game of ‘who will blink first’. Liverpool ($1.29 head-to-head) unconvincingly accounted for West Ham on the weekend while Man City ($1.36) were far more dominant in a 4-1 trouncing of crosstown rivals Man United in the Manchester Derby on Sunday. The 4-1 win was paying $17 in Palmerbet’s ‘correct score’ market, while City skipper Kevin De Bruyne was paying $6.50 to score first.

Back-to-back wins has calmed things for City manager Pep Guardiola after an uncertain period. With both sides winning a six-point gap remains at the top of the EPL table, albeit the Reds still have a game in hand. City’s title price with Palmerbet remains at $1.20, while Liverpool have lengthened slightly from $4.00 to $4.20.

Young Gunners fire again

Arsenal secured three points on the road, banged in three glorious goals that likely reminded fans of the halcyon days under Wenger, and were scored, no less, by young guns who could just define their short-term future. Tick, tick, and tick. While they had to hang on in the dying minutes, the 3-2 win further enhances their Champions League hopes. The win maintains a four-point buffer on the EPL table. And, crucially, that’s with three games in hand on Man United (fifth) and West Ham (sixth). Again it was the young guns who did the job, with Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli all scoring. With four wins on the bounce, the Gunners have shortened considerably in Top 4 betting.

Once $13 to finish in the coveted Champions League spots (after a torrid start to the EPL season), Mikel Arteta’s men are now into $1.57.

Big win in relegation scrap

With just 10 games left in the EPL season (for some sides), the relegation scrap is heating up. Which makes Brentford’s 3-1 win over fellow relegation rival all the more important. Winless in nine games (all competitions), Ivan Toney continued his purple patch with a hat-trick to propel his side to a 3-1 win at Carrow Road. The result for the West London side was a ‘six-pointer’ in every sense. While they shifted from $3.25 relegation chances with Palmerbet out to $5.00, Norwich shortened yet again from $1.06 to $1.04. Five points from safety, time is quickly running out for the Canaries.