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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Manchester City 6-1 for unbeaten season after derby success

Betfred pay out on Citizens winning title

Nicolas Otamendi's winner helped Manchester City move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League
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Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi completed a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Ederson came to City's rescue late on with a spectacular double save from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata but City were the better side and showed why they have dominated the division. Pep Guardiola's team are 6-1 for an unbeaten campaign with bet365.

City have been cut to 1-25 with Sky Bet to win the title but Betfred believe they are in an unassailable position and have joined Paddy Power in paying out early on City finishing top.

Boss Fred Done, a huge Manchester United fan, said: "It's a sad day but as far as I'm concerned the Blues are champions."

Betfred got it wrong in 1998 when they paid out on United to win the league when they were 11 points clear only to see them pipped at the post by Arsenal.

It now looks a matter of how far City will win the league by.

Bet365 offer 4-1 that City break the record 18-point winning margin and 1-6 that they don't. Hills go 9-4 that they win by up to ten points, 8-11 for a margin of 11 to 20 points and 9-4 that they win by 21 points or more.

City have taken a maximum 24 points from their eight away games this season and are 20-1 with bet365 to finish the season with a 100 per cent record on their travels.

Liverpool missed the chance to climb into third place when they were held 1-1 by Everton.

Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute penalty secured a point for the Toffees, who had looked outclassed for the majority of the match.

Jurgen Klopp gambled by leaving Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino out of his starting line-up and there was a lack of incisiveness from the Reds, who could not add to Mohamed Salah's 42nd-minute goal despite winning the shot count 19 to three.

Salah's goal took his league tally to 13, one ahead of Tottenham's Harry Kane. The Egyptian is 4-1 with Paddy Power to finish the campaign at the top of the scoring charts.

Arsenal moved above rivals Spurs into fifth place after substitute Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute header rescued a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

The Gunners have collected just eight points from a possible 24 on their travels but are odds-on to beat West Ham at the London Stadium on Tuesday.

Southampton, who took the lead through Charlie Austin's first-half goal, climbed to 11th and extended their winless run against the big six teams to 16 matches.

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It now looks a matter of how far City will win the league by
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