Brendan Rodgers cut a frustrated figure on Sunday, after his Liverpool side shared the spoils for the fifth time in ten Premier League outings despite dominating possession against Newcastle. The result means the Reds have still picked up only two victories this term and they aren’t expected to improve on that record this weekend as they head to Stamford Bridge to face title-chasing Chelsea.
Stan James have installed the Blues as 19/20 favourites to send Rodgers’ troops home empty-handed and that’s perhaps understandable when you consider that the only match the hosts have failed to win on their own patch was that controversial clash against Manchester United.
Liverpool meanwhile, are a 3/1 shot at Skybet to pick up a much-needed three points in West London, where Betfred quote another stalemate at 13/5 but it’s hard to see past Roberto Di Matteo’s charges, given their home record and the Reds’ inability to kill teams off. Nevertheless, the visitors are performing well enough to make life difficult for Chelsea, who are 3/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes to edge it by one and 8/1 (Stan James) to register a 2-1 success.
Blues front man Fernando Torres has yet to score against his former club in four attempts but he’ll still attract cash at 5/1 (William Hill) to break the deadlock. Similarly, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, a 13/2 chance at bet365, will be a popular first scorer choice although Stan James’ 9/4 for the controversial Uruguayan to notch at any stage is a better bet.
Champions Manchester City possess the Premier League’s only unbeaten record and they can make it eleven matches without defeat as they welcome Tottenham to the Etihad Stadium. Paddy Power post 8/13 against a home victory and Skybet offer 15/2 about Roberto Mancini’s men grabbing the only goal, a wager lent appeal by the visitors shock 1-0 reverse against Wigan last weekend.
Manchester United lead the way having seen off Arsenal and BetVictor rate them at 8/15 to keep hold of top spot by picking up maximum points at Aston Villa, where Ladbrokes make Sir Alex Ferguson’s team 2/1 to combine victory with a clean sheet. Also set to prevail ‘to nil’, at 11/8 (Skybet), are Everton, who are 1/2 via BetVictor to get the better of goal-shy Sunderland at Goodison Park.
It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for Arsenal but the Gunners can steady the ship by overcoming Fulham, a result bet365 rate at 1/2 while the same firm mark even money against Newcastle as they come face-to-face with former manager Sam Allardyce’s West Ham and it’s 12/5 at Skybet for Wigan to share the spoils with West Brom at the DW Stadium.
At the bottom, Paddy Power quote Swansea at 2/1 to pile more misery on Southampton, Reading could be set to finally pick up their first victory; they’re 13/10 (BetVictor) as they prepare to entertain Norwich but QPR may have to wait for a maximum haul. Rangers go to Stoke, who are unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium and the Potters are 10/11 via bet365 to turn up the pressure on visiting manager Mark Hughes.
Man Utd to beat Aston Villa ‘to nil’ – 2/1 (Ladbrokes)
Swansea to beat Southampton – 2/1 (Paddy Power)
Luis Suarez to score at any time – 9/4 (Stan James)
Man City to beat Tottenham 1-0 – 15/2 (Skybet)