Betrescue’s Chief Sports Writer Chris Hutcheon takes his weekly look at all the major Premier League action in England.
In the Premiership, Chelsea are hoping to capitalise on United’s Carling Cup assignment by extending their lead at the summit at the expense of Manchester City. The Blues have won all but one of their 13 home matches while Roberto Mancini’s side can boast just three victories on the road and these statistics point to a Chelsea triumph; priced by Paddy Power at 1/2.
City haven’t looked as fluent in attack of late as they did earlier in the campaign and they may struggle to break down Chelsea, who are 11/8 (Partybets) to win without conceding for the third home Premiership match in a row.
Paddy Power’s 6/1 for Carlo Ancelotti’s charges to notch twice without reply therefore appeals and given his current form, it’s difficult to ignore Didier Drogba, who is 10/11 with Stan James to score at any point.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham tackle buoyant Everton in a tough-to-call clash that could be set to finish all square; a result Jaxx.com rate at 47/20 but Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal can fare a little better; they’re 8/11 (bet365) to avenge their FA Cup reverse at Stoke by emerging triumphant at the Britannia Stadium.
Elsewhere, Liverpool are a home banker at 2/5 with 888Sport as they entertain travel sick Blackburn, Betdaq’s even money favourites Birmingham can also accrue three points as they host Wigan and struggling Burnley, whose form at Turf Moor is keeping their survival hopes alive, are a tempting 5/4 (Jaxx.com) to send hapless Portsmouth home empty-handed.
Bolton and Wolves meanwhile, are 23/10 with Partybets to divide the spoils at the Reebok Stadium and the points could also be shared on Wearside, where Sunderland are Fulham are 9/4 (Victor Chandler) to be inseparable.
In this week’s acca expect home wins for Burnley, Sheffield United (8/13 Ladbrokes), Southampton (4/6 William Hill), Bradford City (4/6 totesport) and Dundee United (7/10 Betdaq). These five pay combined odds of 16/1 at Victor Chandler.
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