Man City and Chelsea both look good to notch home victories this Sunday in front of the TV cameras in the Premier League.
Man City v Newcastle – ESPN, Sun 13.30
Manchester City look primed for a victory as they entertain patchy Newcastle ; Roberto Mancini’s side are 4/9 with Victor Chandler to come out on top and 5/4 (Partybets) to do so ‘to nil’ while Liverpool also look a home banker at 2/7 with Totesport, as Blackpool arrive at Anfield, although as bookies are giving little away it could be worth tackling Stan James’ 5/6 for the Reds to prevail by at least two goals.
Chelsea v Arsenal – Skysports 2, Sun 16.00
Both Chelsea and Arsenal were turned over in the Premiership last weekend, but as the Blues were edged out at Manchester City, it’s the Gunners, stunned at home by West Brom; that will be smarting most following the pair’s first defeats of the campaign.
Furthermore, given the players unavailable to Arsene Wenger, including Cesc Fabregas, it’s Carlo Ancelotti’s troops that look likely to bounce back as the two sides lock horns at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. Bookmakers concur and subsequently Chelsea are odds-on at 4/5 with William Hill to make it back-to-back losses for their north London rivals; 888Sport’s 4/1 outsiders.
The Blues have smashed a dozen goals in their three home games and have yet to concede at the other end, but they haven’t faced a team possessing Arsenal’s attacking quality on their own patch and an admittedly weaker version of their rearguard leaked four goals in last week’s Carling Cup tie.
A tentative flutter on bet365’s 8/11 for both teams to find the net then, appeals slightly more than Parybets’ 7/5 marked against a Blues triumph combined with a clean sheet, especially as the hosts are the only team with more league goals than Wenger’s charges.
The bold might therefore cast an eye over Coral’s 7/1 posted against a 2-1 Chelsea triumph in a fixture that looks set to feature more than 2.5 goals (9/10, Betdaq) and the first of those strikes is 7/2 (Betfred) to arrive courtesy of Didier Drogba, who should be well rested having missed his side’s midweek Champions League tie through suspension.