MATCHWEEK 10 did little to relieve the congestion at the head of the 2016-17 English Premier League table.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are still locked together on points, with the Gunners edging up to second courtesy of a goal boost from their 4-1 win at Sunderland.
Chelsea are one point back in fourth place, while Tottenham Hotspur have slipped to fifth after recording their third consecutive draw in league play.
There wasn’t much joy for the stragglers at the other end, where Hull City and Swansea City join the Black Cats in a bottom three that is looking more defined with each passing week.
This week’s fixture list suggests more of the same, although there could be some movement in the top four as Arsenal and Spurs resume hostilities in the North London derby.
Let’s take a look at the best bets and match odds for round 11 at our top Premier League betting sites.
Matchweek 11 EPL betting
Odds provided by Sportsbet.com.au
Bournemouth $1.61 – Draw $3.80 – Sunderland $5.50
Burnley $3.10 – Draw $3.30 – Crystal Palace $2.30
Man City $1.25 – Draw $6 – Middlesbrough $11
West Ham $2.10 – Draw $3.50 – Stoke City $3.30
Chelsea $1.57 – Draw $4.10 – Everton $5.50
Arsenal $2 – Draw $3.40 – Tottenham $3.75
Hull City $5 – Draw $3.80 – Southampton $1.67
Liverpool $1.25 – Draw $5.50 – Watford $12
Swansea City $6 – Draw $3.90 – Man United $1.57
Leicester City $1.75 – Draw $3.75 – West Brom $4.50
Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough
2am AEDT on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Etihad Stadium
- Man City win/both teams score – $2.80 at Sportsbet
- Raheem Sterling first goalscorer – $8
Having ended their barren spell with a rather emphatic 4-0 victory over West Brom last weekend, Man City will head into round 11 in high spirits after a stunning win over Barcelona in the Champions League. Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all played big roles in that 3-1 result, and it is possible Pep Guardiola will look to rest a few of his big names for Middlesbrough’s visit. The Teessiders defeated a very decent Bournemouth side last time out and have proven tough to beat in recent weeks, picking up five points and two clean sheets from their last four EPL matches. They head to the Etihad without the suspended Gaston Ramirez, who sent the Riverside rocking with a sensational solo effort against the Cherries, while Daniel Ayala, Martin de Roon and Cristhian Stuani are all nursing knocks.
Chelsea vs. Everton
4:30am AEDT on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea 2-0 correct score – $8.50 at Bet365
- Diego Costa first goalscorer – $4.33
A run of four wins on the trot has put the Blues one point off top and very much in the early running for the 2016-17 Premier League title. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard maintained their good form in front of the sticks with one strike apiece against Southampton, while Victor Moses impressed yet again with his direct movement and gut running at right wingback. This week’s task is an Everton outfit keen to break back into the top five after stopping the rot with a much-needed win over West Ham United. The obvious danger-men are Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku, who have already notched eight goals and seven assists between them. The Toffees will miss the work rate of Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield due to suspension, while goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and stalwart left-back Leighton Baines are both injury doubts.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham
11pm AEDT on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Emirates Stadium
- Half-time draw/full-time Arsenal – $5.50 at William Hill
- Alexis Sanchez first goalscorer – $6
Only goal difference is keeping the Gunners from the top of the table, although a nervy midweek Champions League display against Ludogerets showed why the bookies have them third or fourth in line in the EPL outright betting. But Alexis Sanchez is running into something like career-best form at the head of the Arsenal attack, Mesut Ozil is weaving his magic on a regular basis and Olivier Giroud continues to make an impact despite losing his starting spot. Tottenham could use some of that forward flair, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks. They were perhaps lucky to only lose 1-0 against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday in a dreadful performance that was riddled with defensive lapses. Mousa Dembele joins fellow Belgian star Toby Alderweireld on the sidelines after twisting his ankle at Wembley, but Harry Kane and Erik Lamela are half a chance to return.
Liverpool vs. Watford
1:15am AEDT on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Anfield
- Liverpool -2.0 handicap – $2.94 at CrownBet
- James Milner first goalscorer – $12
Jurgen Klopp’s rampaging Reds just about saw off Crystal Palace in a six-goal classic to make it 11 games without defeat in all competitions. Philippe Coutinho is in sparkling form as the chief creator in a front four that is proving nigh-on unplayable at times, but there is obvious room for improvement in a defence that specialises in self sabotage. It is testament to Liverpool’s intimidating form that Watford are rated as rank $12 outsiders in the match betting despite having moved up to seventh in the Premier League table. They are unbeaten in four games, with wins over Middlesbrough and Hull City punctuated by draws against Bournemouth and Swansea. The trip to Anfield is a different prospect altogether, but the Hornets will take some heart from their 3-0 win over the Merseyside giants at the Vicarage last season.
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