All the Premier League Updates – November
Football fans have another exciting round of Champions League fixtures to enjoy this week as the first round of group matches for November take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. There’s all to play for across the board and with every match shown live on BT Sport, it makes for an explosive night of action. Sports punters can place their bets on the outcome of their favourite fixtures or create an accumulator. Big returns for small stakes is the aim here.
Before getting into the thick of the Champions League matches to come, followers of the Premier League get a chance to draw breath and quickly look back on what was another nail-biting month in the top-flight of English football. October threw up plenty of talking points, drama and controversy. Liverpool went in as league leaders with a 100 per cent record but suffered a draw. Man City kept up their challenge as they seek three league titles in-a-row. VAR continued to cause much debate and opinion is split regarding how useful the video refereeing system really is.
Let’s review some of the main scores, results and matches that kept Premier League supporters on the edges of their seats during October. We’ll also check on the updated betting and look ahead to what November brings as we speed towards the winter months.
Liverpool Remains in Charge but Loses Perfect Record
Liverpool remains top of the English Premier League, but is in pole position without the 100 per cent record they had at this time last month. The Reds show league form of 10 wins against one draw. They have scored 25 goals and conceded just nine so far. The numbers at this point of the season show they are six better than nearest rivals Manchester City.
The first two in the league are due to meet this weekend and a lot is resting on that match. Liverpool enjoys home advantage and will be desperate to use than to open up a nine points cushion over their rivals. It’s still very early in the season but if Liverpool is able to beat Man City at Anfield and claim a nine points advantage it would be extremely difficult to see them losing the title from there. If the game ends in a draw it wouldn’t be the worst result for either team.
A Man City win and we have a title race on our hands. The Cityzens have drifted to second in the outright Premier League betting but would be reinstated as favourites if they were to beat Liverpool on Merseyside. Keep an eye on that match on Sunday as it promises to be a classic from start to finish. That game alone proves exactly why the Premier League is loved the world over and why followers can’t get enough. It’s only November but we’ve already enjoyed a stunning season. The best bit about it is there are plenty more twists and turns still to come.
Reds Ride their Luck With Narrow Win Over Aston Villa
We saw an example of what lies ahead this season with Liverpool’s late dramatic win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday, a day where Manchester City was also forced to battle back to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Heading into the final few minutes of both games and it looked like Liverpool and Man City would not only drop points, but they would lose against Aston Villa and Southampton. The two leaders came within minutes of the defeat but were determined enough to turn things around and at the full-time whistle we saw Liverpool and Man City add three points to their tally thanks to late goals.
Aston Villa took the lead that day thanks to an opening goal from Trezeguet, scored with just 21 minutes on the clock. That silenced the Liverpool support and the scores remained the same going into the half-time team talk. Villa was under pressure for much of the contest but believed they deserved a second goal which was scored but ruled out by VAR. It was close, very close indeed. The team talk was to expect a determined Liverpool fightback in the second half but to remain focussed, keep their shape and defend at all costs.
Aston Villa looked on course to pull off a win that seemed impossible at 3.00pm but they eventually conceded to Robertson with 87 minutes on the clock. The Scotsman scored a sublime equaliser. If that wasn’t bad enough there was to be one final twist. Mane rattled home a winner deep into injury time, Liverpool snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Villa probably didn’t deserve to lose that game but lose they did, finishing empty-handed.
Klopp Delighted With the Result
Speaking to the press at the end of that match, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accused his side of not being clinical enough in the first half despite creating chances. He blamed that for Aston Villa taking the lead and holding it until near the end. The gaffer credited his side for their attitude and winning mentality, however, taking pride in the fact they never gave up hope of winning the match.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith struggled to hide his frustrations when addressing the media. He told reporters the team were disappointed not to have taken anything from the afternoon especially after creating some big chances to win the match on top of the goal they scored. Smith labelled it a tough one to take but will surely take the positives from drawing against the top of the league team once he has had a chance to watch the match back and take stock. His team played extremely well. The fact they were so disappointed not to beat Liverpool tells you everything you need to know about how they performed on the day. If Villa can play like that every week, they will have no trouble keeping their position in the Premier League after 38 games.
October’s results showed Liverpool started with a 4-3 win over Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before going on to beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Premier League on 5 October. They were then held to a draw by Man Utd at Old Trafford next time out, a match they looked destined to lose against a United side who put in a season-best performance. Liverpool then hammered Genk 4-1 away from home, beat Spurs 2-1 and played out a thrilling 10-goals draw in the EFL Cup before progressing on penalties.
Updated Premier League Betting
Bookmakers have updated their Premier League betting markets and they have made changed across the board, altering everything from the winner and top goalscorer to relegation and to finish bottom. Many prices change week on week, following the latest round of results and the markets are well worth keeping an eye on. Backing the right bet is important but you also have to back it at the right time. You’ll also get cash out on your online betting prices and this allows you to get out for a profit well before the end of the season.
Below you’ll find some of the main players involved in the Premier League outright betting…
- Liverpool at 41/50 with Unibet
- Man City at 11/10 with bet365
- Chelsea at 50/1 with William Hill
- Leicester at 60/1 with Betfair
- Tottenham at 500/1 with bet365
- Arsenal at 500/1 with Betfair
- Man Utd at 750/1 with Unibet
Top four finish betting
- Liverpool at 1/1000 with bet365
- Man City at 1/500 with William Hill
- Chelsea at 4/11 with bet365
- Leicester at evens with bet365
- Arsenal at 5/2 with Betfair
- Tottenham at 12/5 with Betfair
- Man Utd at 5/1 with bet365
- Norwich at 4/9 with bet365
- Watford at 4/5 with Ladbrokes
- Southampton at 2/1 with Ladbrokes
- Newcastle at 2/1 with bet365
- Aston Villa at 5/2 with William Hill
Top goalscorer bet
- Sergio Aguero at 7/2 with bet365
- Jamie Vardy at 5/1 with bet365
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 5/1 with bet365
- Harry Kane at 6/1 with bet365
- Mo Salah at 8/1 with Unibet
Man City maintains the Challenge
Manchester City maintained their challenge for a third Premier League title on the bounce thanks to a winning start to November. Like main rivals Liverpool, Man City was made to work for the points on Saturday and was in real danger of losing to a Southampton side who came to the Etihad Stadium with nothing to lose. They played without pressure and took an early lead to silence the home support who aren’t accustomed to seeing their team go behind.
Ward-Prowse had the ball in the net inside 13 minutes and the underdogs were able to take that lead into the half time interval where advice was more of the same. Southampton threw everyone behind the ball following their first goal in the hope of keeping their opponents at bay. They packed the defence as tight as they could, got plenty of numbers behind the ball and said to their cash-rich opponents – come and break us down if you’re good enough. If Man City were going to win that match they were going to have to fight tooth and nail to do so.
Pep Guardiola’s men eventually got level thanks to a goal from Aguero on 70 minutes, but they kept pressing for the victory. They eventually got the winner their play deserved, and it came thanks to a superb strike from Walker with only four minutes of the 90 remaining. The scoreboard at half-time read 1-0 to Southampton but at the final whistle, it displayed 2-1 to Man City. The match stats showed the victors finished the game 75% of the match possession, had 26 shots at goal but put only four of them on target. That will worry the Man City coaching staff who will want to see their team be much more ruthless.
Pep Guardiola Pleased with Performance
Speaking to the press at the end of the match and Man City manager Pep Guardiola labelled his side’s performance from beginning to end. The experienced leader was particularly pleased with the number of chances they created and how they kept the pressure on their opponents until they cracked and conceded the second goal. He would’ve known his men were lucky to get the three points but wanted to be sure not to pick out faults after his boys worked so hard to get the win.
Across the divide and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was proud of his troops who he said showed up and performed under difficult circumstances. The commitment shown by his players in the build-up and on match day helped ease the suffering of the losing manager, but he will be desperate to see more of that fighting spirit in the weeks to come. Playing well against Man City at the Etihad Stadium is no mean feat but they left the match with nothing to show for their efforts. Fans and coaches would much rather win a boring match 1-0 than lose a thriller.
That latest defeat was the seventh loss of the season for Southampton and their tally now stands at two wins, two draws and those seven defeats. They have scored 10 goals and conceded 27 in their 11 starts so far. Southampton has eight points on the board, meaning they are three behind Everton in 17th but only three better than Watford who are bottom of the table at present. The Saints have taken just one point from the last 15 available to them and that will ensure they don’t get too excited about playing well at the Etihad Stadium before losing.
What’s Next in the English Premier League on Round 12?
Round 12 sees a full fixture list take place between Friday 8 November and Sunday 10th. Some of the standout fixtures to look forward to are…
- Chelsea v Crystal Palace
- Tottenham v Sheff Utd
- Leicester v Arsenal
- Man Utd v Brighton
- Liverpool v Man City