Given that Wolves are well adrift of safety with just four matches remaining and Manchester City remain in the hunt for the title, it’s understandable that the latter are emphatic favourites to secure all three points as the two sides lock horns at Molineux.
William Hill make Roberto Mancini’s charges 2/7 to come out on top while Wanderers are massive 12/1 outsiders with Blue Square and Skybet price a second consecutive draw for Terry Connor’s men at 11/2.
The latter might lure some punters after Wolves snapped their seven-match losing sequence last weekend at Sunderland but City have returned to form in a big way, carding a 4-0 win over West Brom and a 6-1 success at Norwich in consecutive matches, so they’re hard to oppose here.
Nevertheless, the hosts are unlikely to go down without a fight and they’re 10/3 courtesy of BetVictor to restrict the Premier League high-flyers to a victory by a one-goal margin. Alternatively, in a clash that is odds-on at 1/2 (Ladbrokes) to produce three or more goals, Coral quote City at an enticing 9/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
With four goals in two games, Carlos Tevez has forced his way back into the good books of boss Mancini as well as Manchester City’s supporters and he’ll inevitably attract cash at 15/4 with bet365 to break the deadlock in this one. The Argentine front man is just 8/11 via Boylesports to find the net any stage while at the other end, Michael Kightly looks a touch overpriced at 13/2 (Paddy Power) to get on the scoresheet at some point.
By the time City kick-off, Manchester United should already have opened up an eight-point gap at the Premier League’s summit by beating an Everton side downhearted following last week’s Wembley disappointment.
The demoralised Toffees head to Old Trafford as Boylesports’ 10/1 outsiders to influence the title race by stunning the hosts but the league leaders are unlikely to falter at home and will justify the 4/11 favouritism given to them by BetVictor. Furthermore, Sir Alex Ferguson’s defence can provide the platform for victory by keeping things tight and on that basis Skybet’s 6/5 for them to defeat David Moyes’ scrappers ‘to nil’ catches the eye.
In the day’s other match, buoyant Liverpool are 4/9 with Stan James to get one over on former boss Roy Hodgson’s West Brom at Anfield. However, it could be a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ for the Reds following their FA Cup semi-final triumph a week ago and the Baggies, at 15/2 via BetVictor will hope to capitalise on any lack of focus.
Nevertheless, Kenny Dalglish’s team have shared the spoils nine of their 16 home matches this term, a statistic that lends appeal to Boylesports’ 15/4 for it to finish all square and travelling fans might wish to tread a little carefully by bagging Hodgson’s troops at 5/1 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market.