Chelsea have moved 10 points clear in the Premier League table after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The Blues were on the back foot for most of the first half, pushed back by a confident United side that had won all of their previous four league matches. But just before half-time Jose Mourinho‘s men took the lead with their first shot on target.
And it was that man Eden Hazard – who on Friday was named amongst the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year nominees – who got the only goal of the game, latching on to Oscar’s back heel before smashing the ball home past fellow Player of the Year contender David De Gea.
Hazard was matched at [9.0] to score the first goal of the game with a Chelsea win being matched at a high of [2.8]. The 1-0 Correct Score was matched at [8.6].
In today’s FA Cup semi-final Arsenal scraped past Championship side Reading but required extra time to do so after the game ended 1-1 in normal time – that scoreline being matched at [16.0] In-Play.
Alexis Sanchez – matched at [6.6] to score first – had given the Gunners the lead but a second half Garath McCleary volley evened matters up.
But on the stroke of half time in extra time Sanchez scored what proved to be the winner, his shot squirming through the arms of Royals’ keeper Adam Federici meaning Arsenal will play in next month’s Wembley final.
Arsene Wenger’s men are currently available to back at [1.65] to win this season’s FA Cup.
In Saturday’s earlier Premier League games West Brom upset the form book to record a decent away win at Selhurst Park, emerging as 0-2 winners against an in-form Crystal Palace.
Tony Pulis‘ men were matched as high as [5.0] to secure a victory, and their first win since mid-March should ensure they remain a Premier League club for at least another season – their odds on the drop have now lengthened to [50.0], and that tells its own story.
Leicester won a scarcely-believable third game in a row, thanks to goals from Leo Ulloa and Andy King which were enough to give them a 2-0 win over Swansea at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes are now out to [3.25] in the Premier League relegation market, having been matched as low as [1.12] earlier in the season when they were rock bottom and looked dead and buried. Their game at Burnley next time out looks like the biggest game of the season in the context of the race to avoid sinking back into the Championship.
Everton were able to beat The Clarets 1-0 at Goodison Park, despite Ross Barkley missing a penalty, and the Toffees’ season now looks destined to end in mid-table obscurity in what has largely been a season to forget overall. Burnley weren’t able to take anything from the game despite all their efforts, and ahead of the aforementioned six-pointer against Leicester next week they are [1.42] second-favourites for relegation.
In Saturday’s other 3pm game, Stoke came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1, thanks to goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Charlie Adam, with the scoreline being matched at a high of [21.0].