Manchester United have won a dozen of their 13 home matches, a draw with West Brom the only blot on their Old Trafford copybook and the Premiership leaders are 5/6 with Stan James for another victory ahead of the derby showdown with Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini’s men are bet365’s 4/1 outsiders and can be backed at 11/4 (William Hill) to grab a share of the spoils but they could cause the hosts more trouble than those odds suggest, especially if Rio Ferdinand is ruled out.
Without the England skipper against Wolves and Blackpool recently, United looked all at sea at the back at times and conceded twice in each game. Coral’s 5/6 for both teams to find the net therefore appeals more than a home win and indeed Betdaq’s 2.0 (evens) for it to produce over 2.5 goals has a better prospect of success than a repeat of the pair’s goalless stalemate (9/1, ) at Eastlands in November.
In three of Arsenal’s last four, a defender has popped up with a headed goal and Laurent Koscielny or Johan Djourou are 9/1 and 12/1 with bet365 and William Hill respectively to strike against Wolves at the Emirates, where the Gunners are 1/4 (Partybets) to prevail.
In-form Liverpool are 4/11 (Stan James) to send Wigan home from Anfield empty-handed but having kept clean sheets in their four straight wins, the Reds tempt at evens with Partybets to win ‘to nil’. By contrast, Everton’s 5-3 victory against Blackpool suggests an improvement in attack but continuing defensive vulnerability for David Moyes’ charges and Totesport’s 8/11 for both teams to net catches the eye as they head to Bolton.
At the bottom, Betfred quote West Brom and West Ham at 13/5 to be inseparable in their six-pointer at the Hawthorns and the points are 23/10 (Totesport) to be shared as Sunderland host Tottenham. Bet365 meanwhile, rate off-colour Blackpool at 9/4 to turn things around with a victory against Aston Villa, Ladbrokes post 11/10 against a home win as Blackburn entertain Newcastle and Birmingham’s meeting with Stoke is 11/5 with 888Sport to finish all-square. Finally, on Monday, a draw, at 13/5 (Paddy Power) could also be on the cards as Fulham and Chelsea lock horns.