Sat 15.00: Man City are 7/1 (William Hill) to beat Sunderland 1-0 while on Sunday, Spurs play Swansea and Newcastle (2/1) can beat Liverpool
In the title race, Skybet rate Manchester City at just 1/4 to reclaim top spot, temporarily at least, by sending Sunderland home empty-handed and it’s 7/1 with William Hill for Roberto Mancini’s title hopefuls to grab the only goal.
On Monday meanwhile, Manchester United can wrest the advantage back from their neighbours by overcoming Blackburn at Ewood Park, where Partybets post 2/5 against the champions.
At Loftus Road, in-form Arsenal are just 8/13, according to Betfred, to pile more misery on Mark Hughes’ relegation-threatened QPR and staying at the bottom Boylesports offer 12/5 for the huge six-pointer between Wolves and Bolton to finish all square.
Elsewhere, Wigan, who boosted their survival hopes last weekend by defying odds of 11/1 to take maximum points at Liverpool, are 17/10 via bet365 to follow that up by beating Stoke, home successes are also on the cards for Everton (4/5, Ladbrokes) and Fulham (8/11, Partybets) as they face West Brom and Norwich respectively and finally, Skybet make Aston Villa 13/5 to hold Chelsea to a draw at Villa Park.
Just a few weeks ago Tottenham were in third place with a tight grip on a Champions League place but a run that has seen them take just two points from five matches means that a top four berth is no longer a foregone conclusion. Of course, last Saturday’s stalemate at rivals Chelsea strengthened their position but Harry Redknapp will be keen to get back to winning ways and put any lingering doubts about which European competition Spurs will be in next season, to rest.
Swansea stand between Tottenham and a first league win since early February but at White Hart Lane, Spurs look like worthy favourites at 4/9 with Paddy Power to get the better of Brendan Rodgers’ tidy side, BetVictor’s 8/1 outsiders.
Both teams play attractive football, so an entertaining contest should be on the cards and William Hill’s 21/20 for both of them to get on the scoresheet subsequently catches the eye. In turn, a case can be made for Blue Square’s 15/2, marked against a 2-1 Spurs triumph and less specifically, Partybets price a one-goal margin of victory for Redknapp’s charges at an enticing 14/5.
Nobody came closer to breaking the deadlock in the goalless encounter at Stamford Bridge, than Emmanuel Adebayor and the Tottenham front man stands out at 4/1 via Coral to open the scoring in this one. Alternatively, Skybet offer even money for Adebayor to strike at any stage while Stan James quote a slightly shorter 10/11 for the contest’s first goal to arrive before the 27-minute mark.
Possessing home advantage and already eight points ahead of the visitors in the table, sixth-placed Newcastle are oddly overpriced at 2/1 with Paddy Power as they host a Liverpool team arriving on the back of consecutive defeats to struggling opposition. A Magpies victory also look huge at 15/4 (bet365) when combined with a match tally of three or more goals and following his brace at West Brom, Papiss Cisse is worth considering at 6/1 courtesy of Coral to put his side 1-0 up at St James’ Park.
Spurs to beat Swansea 2-1 – 15/2 (Blue Square)
Papiss Cisse to score first – 6/1 (Coral)
Newcastle to beat Liverpool – 2/1 (Paddy Power)
Man City to beat Sunderland 1-0 – 7/1 (William Hill)