Premier League: Manchester United remain on course for title

Premier League: Manchester United remain on course for title

Two goals from man-of-the-match Wayne Rooney kept Manchester United on course to win their fourth Premier League title in five years on a night that saw victories for rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. United’s unbeaten Premier League record was never under threat and having retained their 5 point lead, online bookmaker 888Sport is offering the best odds of 4/6 for the Red Devils to continue their relentless form and claim yet another Premier League title.

Rooney struck in the first minute after goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar released him to shrug off Richard Dunne’s challenge and the England striker pounced again in the dying seconds of the first half to tap home an excellent cross from Nani. Villa’s £18million striker Darren Bent got his name on the score sheet again to reduce the lead in the 58th minute before United centre half Nemanja Vidic lashed home five minutes later to kill any hope of a Villa revival.

At the Emirates, Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in an ill-tempered match that saw 8 yellow cards. Louis Saha’s 24th minute goal appeared offside and looked like it could be enough to clinch 3 points for theToffees until substitute Andre Arshavin ignited the Gunners in the second half. His composed finish after 70 minutes put Arsenal level and was followed up six minutes later when central defender Laurent Koscielny appeared unmarked at the far post to head home the winner to keep Arsenal’s title hopes alive.

Arsenal moved four points clear of third placed Manchester City having played the same number of games and are now available at odds of 3/1 to overtake United and gain Wenger his long-awaited fourth Premier League title.

Chelsea also had to come from behind to take three points from the Stadium of Light as they continued to put earlier woes behind, the win extends their unbeaten run to five games. Looking shaky in the early stages, the Blues fell behind to Phil Bardsley’s fourth minute strike before getting a dubious penalty decision for Frank Lampard to convert from the spot after 15 minutes. A goalkeeping howler allowed Soloman Kalou to slide home from outside of the box on 23 minutes before Kieran Richardson’s free-kick got Sunderland back on level terms four minutes later. Chelsea took control in the second half, taking the lead again when John Terry latched onto the rebound from Lampard’s ferocious 25-yard effort on the hour and Nicolas Anelka wrapped up the scoring when he tapped-in during added time to seal a 4-2 win.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain 10 points adrift of the league leaders but with the capture of £50 million Fernando Torres, bookmakers believe they still have a shout of winning the title and generally offering odds in the region of 6/1-13/2. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has stuck his head over the parapet and is offering the stand out odds of 15/2 for the Premier League champions to retain their title this season.

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