Live on Skysports 1 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30, Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Man United travel to Chelsea and are 23/10 (Betdaq) to grab a point.
Manchester United’s narrow victory over Arsenal took them two points clear at the top of the Premiership having played a game less than their rivals and as a result Sir Alex Ferguson’s men head to champions Chelsea as Stan James’ 6/4 favourites to wrest the title from their opponents.
Those odds notwithstanding, bookies actually fancy the Blues to be the first team to defeat United in the league, Paddy Power chalking Carlo Ancelotti’s side up at 6/5 to collect all three points and bet365 posting 13/5 against a victory for the leaders. However, it’s hard to recommend Chelsea with any conviction given that they have managed just one league win in seven and on that basis, United look worth considering at 7/10 with to retain their unbeaten record.
Furthermore, as Fergie’s charges have drawn six out of seven on the road, Betdaq’s 23/10 for the spoils to be shared at Stamford Bridge, catches the eye, especially as the hosts have registered three successive stalemates themselves. That trio of fixtures have finished one-apiece, a scoreline that at 11/2 courtesy of 888Sport shouldn’t be discounted here and draw-fanciers might also contemplate Totesport’s 4/1 for both halves to end all-square.
In attack meanwhile, Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney fluffed their lines from the penalty spot last time out but they’re both just 11/2, with Coral and Betfred respectively, to make amends by breaking the deadlock here.
Unusually, three teams have already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this season and although Stoke look unlikely to add to that number, the Gunners don’t appeal at just 2/7 with Ladbrokes to come out on top. As an alternative, as the Potters failed to break down Blackpool last Saturday, Arsene Wenger’s men can be backed at 20/21 (Partybets) to prevail ‘to nil’.
At Bloomfield Road, expect goals galore as Blackpool take on Spurs. The contest is just 8/15 at Betdaq to produce three or more but William Hill price a goal tally higher than 3.5 at 5/4 and Tottenham, Stan James’ 7/10 favourites, are 12/1 (Betfred) to run out 3-1 winners.
On Saturday evening, Liverpool are a safe bet at 4/7 with bet365 to get the better of boss Roy Hodgson’s former club Fulham at Anfield and on Monday, Man City (8/11, ), with or without Carlos Tevez, should have too much for misfiring Everton at Eastlands, where Betfred post 6/1 against Roberto Mancini’s troops grabbing the only goal.
Elsewhere, buoyant Bolton are a tasty 12/5 with William Hill to earn a point from a tricky trip to Sunderland and Coral quote Birmingham at 11/8 to make home advantage count as they entertain Newcastle.
Towards the bottom meanwhile, Wigan could ease their relegation worries with a maximum haul against Aston Villa, a result rated by Betdaq at 15/8, managerless Blackburn are 5/6 with Paddy Power to see off struggling West Ham and Wolves might warrant a modest speculation at 5/2 (Partybets) to battle their way to a point at the Hawthorns, where they face West Brom.