At Carrow Road, Norwich are worthy favourites at 10/11 with Betfred as they come face-to-face with struggling Wigan. The Canaries’ last home match saw them go down to Manchester United but they were unfortunate in that one and if they play that well this afternoon then they should have far too much for the Latics.
A glance at the Premier League table shows Manchester City to be two points clear at the top and Swansea considerably further down, so it’s easy to see why Paddy Power have installed the former as 4/6 favourites as the two teams face-off at the Liberty Stadium today.
However, only Manchester United and Norwich have beaten the Swans in their own backyard this season and subsequently Brendan Rodgers’ troops, who made the champions work very hard for their 1-0 victory, shouldn’t be written off entirely ahead of City’s visit.
Nevertheless, Boylesports’ 6/1 chalked against a home win remains too risky against an opponent arriving on the back of six wins in seven in all competitions and while Stan James’ 3/1 for it to end all square possesses a modicum of appeal, Roberto Mancini’s charges just about get the nod even though they are unlikely to have everything their own way.
Ladbrokes rate the league leaders at 11/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they will follow the lead of title rivals United and grab the only goal in South Wales, an outcome Betfred offer at 6/1.
Elsewhere, it’s 7/2 with Coral for City to emerge triumphant following a drawn first half, Partybets price Mancini’s men at 6/4 to win ‘to nil’ for the fifth league match in a row and despite it being a fixture that looks set to produce fewer than three goals (19/20, bet365), Mario Balotelli catches the eye at 9/2 courtesy of Paddy Power to break the deadlock having struck in his last three league games.
Hoping to keep pace with their neighbours, Manchester United are William Hill’s emphatic 1/3 favourites as they entertain West Brom, Blue Square’s 11/1 outsiders and like City, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, at 3/1 (BetVictor) could be set to prevail by just one against a Baggies team playing well at present.
Man City to beat Swansea ‘to nil’ – 6/4 (Partybets)
Man Utd to beat West Brom by one – 3/1 (BetVictor)
Mario Balotelli to score first – 9/2 (Paddy Power)
Norwich to beat Wigan – 10/11 (Betfred)