Live on Skysports 1, 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30, Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Chris Hutcheon rounds up the weekend’s Premier League action.
At Old Trafford, William Hill make Sir Alex Ferguson’s table-toppers 2/5 to send Bolton home empty-handed and United could prevail by a one-goal margin (12/5, Paddy Power). Tottenham meanwhile, are 4/7 with Betfred to boost their top four hopes by getting the better of West Ham at White Hart Lane, where make the clash 7/10 to produce three or more goals and Ladbrokes quote Spurs at 7/1 to run out 2-1 winners.
It’s been a torrid period for Arsenal, whose hopes have been dashed in three different competitions but the Gunners, at 3/4 with William Hill, can bounce back in the Premiership by collecting a maximum haul at West Brom; however, it’s hard to spot many other potential away wins.
Everton and Fulham are 12/5 at Stan James to share the spoils on Merseyside, Coral offer 9/4 for Sunderland and Liverpool to do likewise on the Sunday while a draw (9/4, Totesport), is also a distinct possibility in the relegation tussle at the DW Stadium, where Wigan face Birmingham.
Finally, Sportingbet post 3/4 against an Aston Villa triumph as they entertain Wolves, Blackburn are 5/6, this time with Totesport, to get the better of Blackpool and finally, Paddy Power offer odds of 5/4 for Stoke to overcome Newcastle.
After a disappointing run of results, Chelsea’s form has picked up impressively with victories over league leaders Manchester United and Blackpool. Subsequently the Blues title bid isn’t quite dead, although they simply have to beat United’s neighbours City on Sunday to keep their slim hopes alive.
Partybets make Carlo Ancelotti’s side 4/6 to collect a vital three points at the expense of Totesport’s 9/2 outsiders, who are just seven points adrift of top spot themselves. However, City one feels, may be more concerned with ensuring a top four finish and would probably settle for a point at Stamford Bridge, a result rated at 11/4 by bet365.
Nevertheless, the visitors haven’t won on the road in any competition since Boxing Day and so buoyant Chelsea are the pick, although the short odds suggest that they may be worth considering at 11/4 courtesy of Stan James to shade it by one.
More specifically, Betdaq offer 7.0 (6/1) for the Blues to gain revenge for a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture by grabbing the only goal and Sportingbet chalk 11/2 against Fernando Torres finally opening his Blues account by breaking the deadlock.