Five things we learned this weekend: Watford stun Liverpool

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Phwoar what a weekend we had! Did Liverpool really just lose a match?!

As we all take a breather, we’ve put together a snapshot of the biggest stories from a rip-roaring weekend and begin to figure out what it all means…

Watford end Liverpool’s unbeaten run

Watford handed Liverpool their first loss of the Premier League season on Saturday night. The Hornets were a huge 150/1 to win 3-0 before the game but stunned the Reds and ended any ‘invincible’ chat.

Two goals from Ismaela Sarr and one from captain Troy Deeney was enough to produce the shock of the season and keep Watford in with a real shout of survival.

Liverpool are still a massive 22 points clear of second place Manchester City and are as short as 1/500 to claim the Premier League title.

The aftermath of the defeat means Arsenal’s 2003-04 unbeaten title-winning season remains  – every cloud has a silver lining Gooners!

Man City retain Carabao Cup

Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1 to bag their third straight Carabao Cup title. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri were enough to down the Villans despite Mbwana Samatta’s consolation.

City were cruising after midfielder Rodri headed in their second on 30 minutes. But were made to work for their victory in the second half with Claudio Bravo making an expert save to deny Bjorn Engels late on.

Phil Foden’s fine performance on the right wing saw him bag Man of the Match and again show why he deserves more game time in the Premier League.

Moving forward, attention returns to league matters for Villa who are battling to avoid relegation. The Citizens are back in cup action as they visit Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup in midweek.

Real Madrid take El Clasico bragging rights

Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Sunday night to go back to the top of La Liga.

Whilst the visitors edged the possession, they only mustered nine shots on target to Real’s 13 with Los Blancos goals coming from Vinicius Jr and Mariano.

It leaves Real a point clear of Barca with 12 games to go. Our traders have Zinedine Zidane’s men at 8/13 to lift the trophy with Barcelona are at 6/5 to retain the title.

Can Real bag their first La Liga title in three years?

England reach Women’s T20 World Cup semi finals

Sciver delivers yet again to send England to the semi finals

England secured their spot in the T20 World Cup last four after a 46-run win over West Indies on Sunday.

Natalie Sciver once again starred with the bat, making 57 from 56 balls as England ran up 143-5 from their 20 overs.

They are joined in Thursday’s semis by South Africa, India and Australia – Who will be the hero in Sydney?

Heather Watson wins Mexican Open

While the tennis world were still digesting the news of Maria Sharapova’s retirement, Heather Watson ended her four-year title drought at the Mexican Open.

The 27-year-old fought past former US Open winner Coco Vandeweghe in her run to the final before seeing off Canada’s Leyla Annie Fernandez 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 to claim victory.

After what she described as a losing a ‘heartbreaking’ second set, she bounced back with a vengeance to bag her fourth singles title.

This victory will see her return to the top 50 for the first time in nearly four years – she’ll have one eye on a strong run in the Grand Slams now.

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Charlie Dear

Charlie has covered sport for the likes of The Guardian, Football365 and FourFourTwo. Arsenal sufferer. German football fanatic.