The Premier League title battle has yet to really take shape but as big-spenders Chelsea and Manchester City will both expect to be involved in the fight for honours at the business end of the season, the pair will be desperate to avoid emerging empty-handed from their mouth-watering showdown at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
As it’s a clash between two of the top-flight’s genuine heavyweights, William Hill’s 12/5 posted against the stalemate is sure to attract market support, alongside BetVictor’s 7/1 about it finishing one-each.
However, Jose Mourinho’s charges enjoy home advantage and have had the upper hand in recent renewals of this fixture, losing just once on their own patch to City in the last couple of decades. Moreover, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had failed to convince on the road before last weekend’s 3-1 triumph at West Ham and on that basis the Blues get the nod at 11/8 via bet365.
Nevertheless, a tight affair appears inevitable and Ladbrokes’s 13/4 for Chelsea to edge it by one isn’t without appeal while in a match that’s odds-on at 3/4 (Winner.com) to produce three or more goals, a 2-1 home success catches the eye at 9/1 courtesy of betway.
In attack, the amount of quality on display makes the first scorer market something of a minefield but Oscar and Eden Hazard have both been amongst the goals for the Blues recently and could be worth a modest flutter at 7/2 and 9/2 (bet365) respectively to notch at any stage.
Champions Manchester United’s sticky start to the season continued at the weekend as they conceded a late leveller to Southampton and David Moyes’s unconvincing team are hard to recommend at 4/11 (Ladbrokes), even in front of their own supporters, as they entertain Stoke. Subsequently, given the hosts’ shaky form, the best bet at Old Trafford is arguably BetVictor’s 5/4 for both teams to get on the scoresheet.
At Anfield, second-placed Liverpool (2/5, BetVictor) can beat West Brom ‘to nil’, an outcome Skybet chalk up at 6/4 and the Reds’ Merseyside rivals, at odds of 5/4 with bet365, can continue their own strong start to the campaign by inflicting a fourth home defeat in five outings on Aston Villa.
New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet got off to a horrible start as his side were hammered 4-0 at Swansea and Ladbrokes offer 13/8 about things going from bad to worse for the Black Cats in their derby scrap with Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
Elsewhere, Spurs are a banker at 4/9 via Stan James ahead of the home clash with Hull, Paddy Power quote impressive Southampton at 8/13 to overcome Fulham while William Hill’s 3/4 favourites Swansea get the nod at home to West Ham and Winner.com go 12/5 the draw at Carrow Road, where Norwich take on Cardiff.