Live on Skysports 2: Wed 19.45: Man City head to Arsenal as 16/5 outsiders (Stan James) as both teams aim to keep up with Man Utd.
Given that Manchester City lie second having lost just twice on the road in ten outings, it seems slightly incongruous to see third-placed Arsenal classed as an odds-on shot at 20/21 with Totesport to collect three points as the pair face off at the Emirates.
Admittedly the Gunners have to be considered favourites on home soil but they make for no appeal at that price against such strong opposition and we’re happy to look for value elsewhere.
Bold punters might fancy the away win at 16/5 with Stan James, especially as Newcastle, West Brom and Tottenham have won at the same venue this term while Coral offer a generous 10/11 for City to avoid defeat and in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, bet365 quote Roberto Mancini’s charges at 2/1.
In addition, only Arsenal have more away goals than City and this coupled with the fact that clean sheets have been few and far between for Arsene Wenger’s side at home, makes 888Sport’s 3/4 for both teams to score look a banker.
At Molineux, Wolves have a relatively decent record despite being bottom of the league and as a result Chelsea don’t look nearly reliable enough to warrant an interest at just 8/15 (Paddy Power) in a game that could be one to avoid.
Similarly, Liverpool’s form on the road makes it hard to understand why they’re just 6/5 at Betfred to see off Blackburn at Ewood Park. Instead, ambitious Rovers are the pick on their own patch at a massive 11/4 with to inflict a seventh away defeat on the unconvincing Reds.
Elsewhere, William Hill offer 23/10 for the spoils to be shared as Everton host Spurs but the best bet at Goodison Park is Paddy Power’s 17/10 for Rafael van der Vaart to net at any stage, Bolton are 4/5 (Betdaq) to see off Wigan at the Reebok Stadium and Totesport chalk Newcastle up at 10/11 to edge out West Ham at St James’ Park, although the Magpies’ inconsistency makes them a hard sell at that price.
At Villa Park meanwhile, Aston Villa (5/4, Totesport) should get back to winning ways by overcoming a Sunderland side with just one away win to their name all season.
Both teams to score in Arsenal v Man City – 3/4 (888Sport)
Man City to beat Arsenal ‘Draw No Bet’ – 2/1 (bet365)
Blackburn to beat Liverpool – 11/4 ()
Rafael van der Vaart to score at any time for Spurs at Everton – 17/10 (Paddy Power)