Live on Skysports 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.20: Chelsea are 3/4 (Betfred) to beat West Ham by at least 2 goals as they pursue United.
As Chelsea’s hopes of retaining the title are slim at best, the points from their clash with West Ham are arguably slightly more important to the visitors, who remain trapped in the bottom three. The Hammers however, have won just twice on the road while Carlo Ancelotti’s charges tend to be strong at home, so the Premiership strugglers look up against it at Stamford Bridge.
The odds reflect as much, Paddy Power chalking 11/1 against an away win and William Hill offering the hosts at just 2/7 while make West Ham 5/1 to collect what would be a respectable point, albeit one that wouldn’t necessarily be a major survival boost.
Arriving on the back of consecutive losses, it’s hard to make a case for Avram Grant’s troops so the Blues, who are under far less pressure, appeal at 3/4 courtesy of Betfred to prevail by at least two clear goals and also at 11/10 (Partybets) to beat West Ham ‘to nil’.
Elsewhere, against the Hammers’ leaky defence, Fernando Torres should be presented with a few chances and he’s a 7/2 chance at bet365 to finally break his Chelsea duck by notching first and Coral rate Ancelotti’s men at 6/1 to notch twice without reply.
Only one team has avoided defeat at Old Trafford in the league and subsequently, despite their seven-match unbeaten run, Everton look set to emerge from their clash with Manchester United empty-handed. However, David Moyes’ resilient side can at least make life difficult for the champions-elect and Betfred’s 4/9 favourites might have to ‘settle’ for a victory by a one-goal margin (5/2, bet365).
Bolton boss Owen Coyle will be demanding a response from his players after their 5-0 Wembley humiliation and bet365 make the Trotters 7/2 to bounce back in impressive fashion by beating Arsenal. The battle for fourth meanwhile should remain unchanged, with Manchester City 11/10 with Sportingbet to land three points at freefalling Blackburn and Tottenham quoted at 8/13 by Stan James to get the better of West Brom.
Strong at home, Liverpool are worthy favourites at 1/2 with Sportingbet as they entertain Birmingham and struggling Blackpool look overpriced at 1.875 (15/8, Betdaq) to net a much-needed maximum haul against Newcastle.
Staying at the bottom, Totesport post 23/10 against Wolves only managing a rather unsatisfactory draw at home to Fulham, Ladbrokes offer 9/4 for Sunderland and Wigan to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light while Stoke could take their eye off the ball following their FA Cup heroics and Aston Villa are 5/6 with Paddy Power to capitalise.