Chelsea are odds-on at 5/6 with Boylesports to get the better of Liverpool on Sunday but punters could be forgiven for being a touch wary about backing Andre Villas-Boas’ charges at that price given their recent results.
Admittedly, they narrowly sneaked past Blackburn last time out but prior to that result the Blues drew with a mediocre Genk side, looked all at sea defensively when going down 5-3 at home to Arsenal and also suffered a 1-0 loss at QPR, either side of a gruelling Carling Cup tie at Everton in which they required extra-time to narrowly prevail.
Furthermore the Reds, Stan James’ 7/2 outsiders, nicked it 1-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and so it’s fair to surmise that the hosts are far from a banker ahead of the Stamford Bridge contest, which is a tempting 5/2 (Totesport) to finish all square.
In what looks set to a tight affair it should, at the very least, be level at the interval, an outcome bet365 chalk up at 5/4 while Betdaq chalk 7.0 (6/1) against Kenny Dalglish’s troops holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw and it’s a tempting even money at Sportingbet for the visitors to triumph in the handicaps, where they benefit from a goal start.
Nobody will be keener to get on the scoresheet than Chelsea’s ex-Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who is 5/1 (Betfred) to break the deadlock but following his four-goal haul for Uruguay last weekend, perhaps a better first scorer at 7/1 with Partybets, is the Reds’ Luis Suarez.
The only two unbeaten records in the Premiership are on the line at Eastlands where Manchester City entertain Newcastle and the league leaders are just 1/3 courtesy of Paddy Power to become the only team without a defeat blemishing their record. Nevertheless, the Magpies have shown plenty of resilience up to this point and can keep it close, so Ladbrokes’ 3/1 for the hosts to nick it by one catches the eye, alongside Skybet’s 15/2 for it to finish 2-1 in City’s favour.
quote Manchester United at 1/2 to become the first side this term to beat Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, where the champions are 6/1 (Betfred) to grab the only goal and in-form Arsenal are 7/10 with Partybets to get the better of Norwich, although Totesport’s 11/10 for irrepressible Gunners marksman Robin van Persie to net at any time is arguably a better bet in the lunchtime kick-off at Carrow Road.
At the bottom, Blackburn are 19/10 with Stan James to get the three points some of their recent performances have perhaps merited as they travel to fellow strugglers Wigan, Boylesports rate West Brom at 21/20 to beat Bolton and Everton are 8/13 (Paddy Power) ahead of their must-win home match against Wolves.
Betdaq and Skybet meanwhile, chalk 3.6 (13/5) and 12/5 against the games at Stoke and Sunderland finishing level, QPR and Fulham the respective visitors in those fixtures and finally on Monday, Boylesports are confident that Tottenham can continue in their rich vein of form by overcoming Aston Villa; a result the Irish firm offer at 4/7.
Chelsea v Liverpool to finish 1-1 – 6/1 (Betdaq)
Man City to beat Newcastle by one – 3/1 (Ladbrokes)
Robin van Persie to score at any time – 11/10 (Totesport)
Blackburn to beat Wigan – 19/10 (Stan James)