Premier League review: Great weekend for Liverpool, Leicester, Watford
The Premier League now takes a break as the international action returns – but what a weekend it was.
Once again, there were more questions than answers over the use of VAR and the talk certainly won’t go away any time soon.
There were plenty of other talking points too, and here we review all the big issues from Matchweek 12 in the Premier League.
Liverpool to finally end 30 years of hurt?
Despite the season only reaching November, many saw Sunday’s game at Anfield as a title decider and Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City saw them open an eight-point lead at the top and a nine-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side.
You must go back to the 1993-94 season to find a team who had a bigger lead at the top of the Premier League after 12 games, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side held a nine-point advantage at the summit.
Despite there being just over two-thirds of the season remaining, the early indications are the title could be heading Liverpool’s way for the first time in 30 years, and Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently 2/5 to end the season in top spot. City, meanwhile, are 9/4.
Leicester on the up
Many people went into Saturday’s late kick-off expecting Leicester to come out on top against a beleaguered Arsenal – and that goes to show how far Brendan Rodgers’ side have come since his arrival at the King Power Stadium.
Their 26-point tally so far this season is the best in their top-flight history at this stage of the competition – including their memorable 2015-16 title-winning campaign – and the brand of football they are playing has won many plaudits.
Jamie Vardy remains on fire as he netted his 11th league goal of the season in the victory over the Gunners – nobody in the Premier League has managed the same – and he’s now 7/2 to take the Golden Boot.
Only injuries and a dramatic improvement of Tottenham, Manchester United or Arsenal could derail Leicester’s top-four ambitions, and the Foxes are 4/7 to secure Champions League football next term.
Watford up and running
It’s been a long time coming, but Watford finally picked up their first three-point haul of the campaign on Friday night against Norwich.
Gerard Deulofeu’s early opener got the ball rolling for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side before Andre Gray sealed the win, which moved them off the foot of the table.
It’s too early to say that Friday night’s encounter was a six-pointer, but it certainly had all the hallmarks of it.
Arguably the international break has probably come at the wrong time for Watford as they look to build on that success, though despite the victory against the Canaries, they are 19/20 to get relegated from the Premier League. Norwich are 1/4 favourites to go down.
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