Live on SS2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30: QPR and Sunderland are 29/10 the double (BetVictor) while Norwich welcome Chelsea (draw, 3/1)
Chelsea were perhaps fortunate to glean maximum points from Sunderland’s visit to Stamford Bridge and the Blues could find the going tough against buoyant Norwich, who are 3/1 courtesy of Stan James to earn a share of the spoils at Carrow Road. Last week’s hero Steve Morison is 5/2 to net at anytime (Boylesports)
A conclusive contest meanwhile, seems more likely at the Reebok Stadium, where Liverpool look decent value at 4/6 with BetVictor, to get the better of struggling Bolton. A solid 2-0 away win for Dalglish and co is 7/1 at Coral.
At the bottom, Betfred rate QPR’s six-pointer against Wigan at Loftus Road, at even money to produce a success for the hosts and despite their unconvincing form at Goodison Park, Paddy Power’s 4/7 favourites Everton should also card a home win as they entertain Blackburn.
At Molineux, Ladbrokes offer 12/5 for the derby clash between Wolves and Aston Villa to finish all square and on a top-flight coupon littered with potential draws, an inconclusive tussle, at 12/5 (Boylesports) could also be on the cards at Craven Cottage, where Fulham face Newcastle.
Meanwhile, despite a 3-2 victory over Arsenal last time out, Swansea are set to emerge empty-handed from their trip to Skybet’s 5/6 chances Sunderland and Partybets price Stoke at 10/11 to inflict a fourth straight league defeat on stuttering West Brom.
Priced at 100/1 to win the Premier League at the start of the campaign, Tottenham were as short as 13/2 last week to be crowned champions and although the frustrating draw with Wolves saw Spurs drift to 11/1 with Blue Square, it remains a surprise to bookmakers that Harry Redknapp’s men are still very much involved in the title race.
Third-placed Tottenham are five points adrift of leaders Manchester City, but a victory over Roberto Mancini’s troops on Sunday, a result chalked up by Boylesports at 10/3, would tighten things up considerably, prompting bookies to again slash their odds to top the pile.
Even a draw, at 13/5 via bet365, would ensure Spurs remain in the hunt and indeed despite the fact that City are Ladbrokes’ 10/11 favourites having returned to form with a narrow victory at Wigan on Monday, it’s the stalemate that appeals the most at Eastlands, where Betfred post 6/1 against it finishing one-apiece.
Given the quality of attacking players available to the two sides, it seems inevitable that both will get on the scoresheet, an outcome Stan James quote at 4/6, however, at the same time, the task of picking out potential scorers at both ends is tough to say the least.
Nevertheless, Sergio Aguero was certainly a danger for City at the DW Stadium and the Argentine striker tempts at 5/4 via Partybets to notch at any time while a modest flutter on Skybet’s 7/2 for Gareth Bale to help himself to a goal at some stage, isn’t without appeal.
A draw could also be on the cards at the Emirates Stadium in Sunday’s other huge showdown, as Arsenal, William Hill’s slight outsiders at 7/4, lock horns with Partybets’ 13/8 chances Manchester United. BetVictor make the pair 12/5 to be inseparable and like the earlier clash at Eastlands, this one could end one-each (6/1, William Hill).