Manchester City were expected to dispose of Hull City with relative ease. They failed to do so and things could have been much worse were it not for Milner's late strike.
City’s salvaged point against struggling Hull City on Saturday saw them lose ground on league leaders Chelsea and seven points now separate the two sides in the race for Premier League glory.
The Blues are now as short as 1/9 with some bookies to lift the title at the end of the season following the weekend results, however things were far from straightforward for the west London side when they visited Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea took a well deserved lead thanks to an Eden Hazard strike, however the hosts responded with their first goal in seven league matches to level the scores. The points were sealed for the visitors thanks to an excellent second-half goal from Ivanovic and City now have a huge mountain to climb in order to catch Mourinho’s side.
Indeed, City can consider themselves lucky to have snatched a point in their weekend clash with Hull City. The Tigers took a shock lead in the first half thanks to a David Meyler goal and it needed an injury-time free kick from James Milner to deny Steve Bruce’s men a surprise three points at the Etihad.
Pellegrini’s side are now out to 7/1 to claw their way to the top at the end of the season, something which is looking more and more unlikely with just fourteen Premier League matches left to play.
The North London derby gave Tottenham Hotspur local bragging rights following a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring for the Gunners but Harry Kane responded with two goals, thus sealing the points for the home side and Spurs are now just 7/2 to manage a finish in the top four.
A late winner at Loftus Road in the 93rd minute saw Southampton leapfrog Manchester United into third position, thanks to the Red Devils being held to a draw by West Ham.
Premier League outright winner best odds
7/1 Manchester City
66/1 Manchester United
Premier League top-four-finish betting odds
1/66 Manchester City
1/2 Manchester United
7/1 Tottenham Hotspur
80/1 West Ham