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English Premier League: Man City 3-0 over West Ham

Man City 3-0 over West HamSay good-bye to a 6 point lead Chelsea. Saturday’s English Premier League game between West Bromwich and Manchester City gave City 3 more points, shortening the gap to first place.

The easy win came as West Brom had the wrong punter dismissed for a foul, leaving them with 10 players and giving the extra chance for Man City to take the lead.

The error by referee Neil Swarbick will likely be the talk of the West Brom side for a while as it was Defender Craig Dawson who fouled Wilfried Bony, not Gareth McAuley, and live betting services were temporarily suspended to adjust for the error.

West Bromwich coach Tony Pulis talked to Swarbick at the half, but it was unclear what was said.

A commentator from the BBC instantly had words for the mixup.

“I’m sorry but that is just a horrendous decision. One player has got Dawson on his back, and the other has McAuley” said Danny Mills.

Premier League: Odds, Previews, and Injuries

Premier League OddsOdds on this weekend’s Premier League games are up and a preview has Arsenal in the enviable home field advantage toWest Ham at 11:00 am ET with current odds at Arsenal -250, WestHam +750 and the draw at +380.

As far as the injury list goes, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere are out for Arsenal while Enner Valencia is doubtful for West Ham with a toe injury.

Also at 11:00 am ET is Hull City at Leicester City with the home team +120, Hull +260 and the draw +225. Stoke City vs West Bromwich have West Brom +133, Stoke +235 and the draw +220

Aston Villa and Sunderland tip off at 11 too, with Sunderland +130, Aston Villa +235 and the draw +225.

The Premier League’s game of the day is Manchester City at Burnley FC. Burnley are currently in 19th place in the English Premier League and the odds are against them, even at home. Manchester City can get closer to Chelsea with a win this Saturday starting at 1:30 pm ET.

Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to focus more on their attack

Arsene WengerArsene Wenger has no plans to tell the Gunners to go deep with their defence when they take on Manchester United on Monday, and wants them to work more on their attack. Price per head sportsbooks know that the team’s fans hope that the manager’s plan works well.

Arsenal’s fans were very happy to see that in the Premiere League, the team moved up to third place after winning seven out their last eight meetings, and they can’t wait to see what will happen on the pitch in their quarter-final tie of the FA Cup, when they face United.

These wins included a very nice 2-0 victory in January over Manchester city, in a game where the Gunners were highly praised for having made a strong performance with their defence, as well as a great counter-attack, one that impressed fans and pundits alike.

Even though there are some experts who think that the Gunners could be in the semi-finals thanks to those tactics, the Frenchman wants to see his side work more on their attack when they go to Old Trafford to face United in this eagerly anticipated clash.