As you were at the top as City and Liverpool draw

As you were at the top as City and Liverpool draw

Manchester City remain a point in front of Liverpool (Outright – City 4/11, Liverpool 2/1) in the race for the Premier League title after the two teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

In what was potentially a winner-takes-all clash, nothing could separate the two teams, though City boss Pep Guardiola may be the more disappointed of the two managers on balance.

City made a flying start, as Kevin De Bruyne’s deflected effort gave them the lead inside the opening five minutes following a quick free-kick.

Despite being outplayed in the early stages, Liverpool responded quickly as Diogo Jota pounced upon Trent Alexander Arnold’s pull back to make it 1-1, but Gabriel Jesus soon restored City’s advantage, finishing Joao Cancelo’s cross.

Liverpool made it 2-2 inside the first minute of the second half, as Mo Salah threaded a pass through to Sadio Mane, who finished well.

City thought they went back in front but Raheem Sterling’s goal was chalked off for an offside, while substitute Riyad Mahrez chipped over in the final few seconds of the game after he was sent through on goal.

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Effectively, the title is still in City’s hands and although they probably edged it and should have won, they can take comfort from the fact they also have an easier run in on paper.

They only have to take on West Ham and Wolves from the top eight, while Liverpool’s matches are trickier with Manchester United and Tottenham set to visit Anfield, while they also have the small matter of the Merseyside derby against Everton.

City and Liverpool (Match Betting – City 13/10, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 21/10) will also face each other in next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final in a match where there will have to be a winner following two previous draws in the league this season.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Burnley’s survival bid took a blow as goals from Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki secured a 2-0 win for Norwich (Relegation – Burnley 4/11, Norwich 1/66), who kept their own faint hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

Brentford look to be all but safe in their first Premier League season after beating West Ham 2-0, damaging the Hammers (50/1) top-four hopes in the process.

Finally, in a clash between two sides that are destined for mid-table, Leicester overcame Crystal Palace 2-1.

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Author: Lucille White