Is the title race over?
Manchester City broke the record of 14 straight wins in the Premier League last weekend in style after beating their rivals Manchester United at the theatre of dreams. You cannot blame their celebrations after the final whistle when they went clear of the top of the table by 11 points. That is a massive lead at so early in the season. Jose Mourinho said in his post-match interview that his sides title hopes are “probably” over. He also blamed the referee for their loss and claims that Manchester City were “lucky”. But there are no excuses this time, City are just better, and nobody can stop them at the moment. City have most of the possession during the match, however it was a very tight game, chances for both sides. Silva opened the scoring from a corner, before Marcus Rashford levelled the score before half time. After a poor clearance from Lukaku Nicolas Otamendi scored the winner for City. The match did prove though that both the Manchester clubs are the best in the Premier League. That ended United’s 40-match unbeaten run at home, started all the way back in September 2016 when City won here last. City will effectively have to lose four games for anyone to catch up on them, something they have achieved not to do all season in the Premier League.
The EFL Quarter Finals are in sight
The EFL Cup is back on the 19th and 20th of December with only eight teams remaining. We had lots of exciting games so far in the earlier round and are looking forward to this one. Tottenham had a surprise ending in their campaign when they were knocked out by West Ham at home after being 2-0 up at half time. Bristol City trashed a struggling Crystal Palace side at the time to book a match against Manchester United. Manchester City could not find the net against Wolves and only scraped through on penalties. 7 Premier League teams remain, 1 Championship side.
Tuesday 19th December
Arsenal will host neighbours West Ham. The Gunners will have eyes on other competitions, with their busy calendar being in the Europa League. They will be bringing out an inexperienced squad, so the Hammers will have a big chance. Can they have a repeat of Round 4? They have fantastic odds of 6.50 with Bet365.
Manchester City will travel to Leicester City in an exciting encounter. It will be silly to bet on City to lose but a draw could be on the cards. It did happen against Wolves in the previous round. Leicester usually do well in knockout games and this could be a good call. A high rating of 4.75 with Betway is on the cards.
Wednesday 20th December
After Chelsea lost on the weekend to West Ham this could go either way. But the Blues will be playing in their home soil and will be the big favourites for it. They are rated at 1.34 with Betway, not a bad double bet.
Finally, Bristol will be hosting Manchester United. We cant see the Championship side getting a result here as Mourinho takes his knockout games seriously. They are last years winners and will want to do it again this year. A low rating for them is at 1.33 with 888Sport.
FA Cup to look forward to in January
If you are not a fan of the EFL cup, not to worry as the FA Cup Third round begins at the beginning of January, containing all the Premier League teams. The FA Cup needs no introduction, everyone knows how great a tournament it is. It is the oldest football competition in the world, containing all the football leagues in England. So many upsets occur and that is why we love it so much.
The Third Round starts off with a cracking Merseyside derby at Anfield on the 5th of January. We will see a repeat fixture from last weekend when Wayne Rooney snatched a 1-1 draw for Everton. Liverpool will be wanting revenge after having so many chances and possession. Other favourites were lucky with their draws. Manchester United will host Derby while Chelsea travel to Norwich. Nottingham Forest will host Arsenal while Tottenham host AFC Wimbledon at Wembley. The more interesting game will be the teams drawing against similar opposition. Wolves, top of the championship will face struggling Swansea at home. This will give us a taste of whether the top of the championship is better quality than the relegation zone. Watford also face another quality championship side, Bristol City. A cracker championship fixture will be Ipswich Town taking on Sheffield United and Birmingham taking on Burton Albion. Look out for games like Fulham taking on Southampton or Wycombe Wanderers taking on Preston North End. Anything can happen! With very high odds too. Here are the rest of the fixtures on Wincompator.