Manchester United bounced back quickly from their setback against Manchester City, notching twice without reply at struggling Stoke on Sunday to edge close to the Premier League title.
Bookies expect Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges to tighten their grip on top spot as they head to mid-table West Ham and as there has hardly been any middle ground where United have been concerned this term – they’ve drawn just two of their 32 league fixtures – they have to be fancied at 4/6 via bet365 to secure a maximum haul.
However, that’s not the best bet at Upton Park; that honour goes to Coral’s 4/1 for Robin van Persie to break the deadlock. The Dutch front man ended his barren spell at the Britannia Stadium from the penalty spot and his relief was obvious as he sprinted up the touchline to hug his manager. That strike will certainly give van Persie a huge confidence boost and he can now get amongst the goals during his side’s last few matches, starting against West Ham, who he has struck against twice already this term.
In a warm up for next month’s FA Cup final, Man City face Wigan and it’s the champions that should come out on top, a result BetVictor rate at 2/7. The relegation-threatened Latics could really do with getting something at the Etihad Stadium but City are on a high having reached the cup final and beaten rivals Manchester United in their last couple of matches so they might even be worth following in bet365′s handicaps where they start a goal adrift at 10/11.
In the evening’s other match, Fulham host Chelsea in a West London derby and the Cottagers, at 15/4 via Boylesports, have perhaps been underestimated a touch.
Martin Jol’s troops are in decent form, their only defeat in seven an unfortunate one courtesy of a last-gasp goal Newcastle while the visitors haven’t convinced on the road of late and that suggests the hosts are worth an interest ‘draw-no-bet’ at 11/4 with Coral.