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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Misery for Merseyside as Everton and Liverpool beaten

Tottenham and Arsenal register big wins

Harry Kane was on the scoresheet again for Tottenham against Liverpool
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North London 9 Merseyside 3.

That was the combined score in Sunday's Premier League matches as Tottenham thumped Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley and Arsenal caned Everton 5-2. 

Ronald Koeman will do well to survive the heavy defeat at Goodison Park and, even though a number of other managers are under pressure, the Dutchman is a strong favourite to be the next manager out.

Koeman is 1-3 with Coral to leave his position before any of the other top-flight bosses, while Hills go 8-11 that defeat was his last match in charge and Ladbrokes offer 50-1 about Everton and West Ham making a change on Monday. 

David Unsworth, the under-23 boss at Goodison, is rated the 6-1 favourite to be the next permanent manager at Everton with Carlo Ancelotti next in Hills' betting at 7-1.

The result saw Everton slip into the relegation zone on goal difference and the Toffees can be backed at 16-1 to go down having been targeting a top-six finish, or maybe even a Champions League place at the start of the campaign.

Everton's team shape looks a complete mess with Koeman constantly changing formation and personnel without ever looking like finding the right formula.

Wayne Rooney gave them the lead against the run of play but Arsenal levelled before the break through Nacho Monreal.

Mesut Ozil put Arsenal in front and it was game over when Idrissa Gueye was sent off with 22 minutes remaining.

Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey added further goals and Oumar Niasse's consolation was not the end of the scoring as Alexis Sanchez had the last word.

Arsenal are 6-4 to finish in the top four this season, while their north London neighbours may have loftier ambitions following their resounding success against Liverpool.

Tottenham, who joined Manchester United in second spot, five points behind Manchester City, are 11-1 to win the title and are sure to gain huge confidence from beating an elite rival by a wide margin at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino's team raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son as a breathless first half eventually ended 3-1 with Mohamed Salah and Dele Alli trading goals.

Kane's second ended the match as a contest and the England hitman hit the top of the Premier League Golden Boot charts with eight for the season. Kane is 11-8 to win his third straight Golden Boot, while bet365 offer 9-2 that he breaks the Premier League goalscoring record of 32 goals in a season.

Spurs are 1-4 to finish in the top four, while Liverpool are out to 6-4 in that market.

Norwich beat local rivals Ipswich 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship  thanks to a goal from James Maddison.

Motherwell upset the odds in the Betfred League Cup and will meet Celtic in the final following their 2-0 triumph over Rangers at Hampden Park. Louis Moult scored twice.

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Spurs are 1-4 to finish in the top four, while Liverpool are out to 6-4 in that market
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