Betrescue’s Chief Sports Writer Chris Hutcheon previews the weekend football action in England and expects wins for Man City, Man Utd, Brentford, Coventry, Chesterfield, Burton. The sixfold pays 38/1 (Betvictor.com).
In terms of the bearing it has on the title race, Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City is arguably the biggest game of the campaign so far given that the Gunners lead the way and City are right amongst the chasing pack.
As Premier League pacesetters, the Gunners will have their backers at 10/3 with Betvictor and in such a massive clash it’s also inevitable that the stalemate will attract cash, at odds of 14/5 via Stan James on this occasion.
However, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops have a hundred percent record at the Etihad Stadium, where they have been absolutely rampant and even a team of Arsenal’s quality might struggle to contain them in front of their own supporters. Subsequently, City get the nod at 5/6 courtesy of Paddy Power albeit in what should be an open, entertaining affair that should provide plenty of goalmouth action.
In a contest set to generate three or more goals (8/13, Winner.com), Ladbrokes post 27/10 against Pellegrini’s team nicking it but also conceding at least once, City are 11/4 (Bet365) to prevail by a one-goal margin and Skybet cater for the ambitious, offering 22/1 about a 3-2 home success.
Sergio Aguero meanwhile, can’t stop scoring and there are few better candidate for the opener than the Argentine striker – a 4/1 chance at Betway.com to break the deadlock.
Manchester United’s shaky title defence heads to Aston Villa this week but as the home side tend to be more effective on their travels, David Moyes’s charges should have the upper hand at 4/5 with Ladbrokes and William Hill rate a Wayne Rooney opener at 4/1.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham and Liverpool are hard to separate meaning Stan James’ stalemate quote of 12/5 is the best bet and also in the Premier League, Roberto Martinez’s impressive Everton side are 2/5 via Betvictor to have too much for struggling Fulham.
Understandably, Crystal Palace have looked more solid under Tony Pulis but it’s hard to envisage them avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are Paddy Power’s emphatic 1/5 favourites. Jose Mourinho’s men tempt in bet365’s handicaps at 7/5 when kicking-off two goals in arrears and it’s 11/2 (Betvictor) for them to notch twice without reply.
Everton have an outstanding home record against Fulham and having made an impressive start to the campaign they have to be fancied at 2/5 courtesy of Paddy Power to see off Rene Meulensteen’s strugglers at Goodison Park. Newcastle (29/20, Betvictor) and West Ham (Evens, Winner.com) should also register victories on their own patch, at the expense of Southampton and Sunderland respectively while Skybet’s 12/5 marked against the stalemate looks like the best bet as Cardiff entertain West Brom.
Derby are the stand out wager in the Championship at 13/10 with Skybet as the in-form Rams travel to Charlton and Ladbrokes’ 8/15 chances Coventry will take some stopping as they entertain Crewe at Sixfields in League One, where Betway.com offer 3/4 about a Brentford triumph at home to Oldham.
Finally, in League Two, Stan james chalk Burton Albion up at an enticing even money to get the better of relegation-threatened York and high-flying Chesterfield (6/5, Skybet) can maintain their promotion push by collecting three points at Plymouth’s expense.
Weekend accumulator: Man City, Man Utd, Brentford, Coventry, Chesterfield, Burton – 38/1 (Betvictor.com)
Top treble: Tottenham v Liverpool draw, Everton, Derby – 10/1 (Bet365.com)
First goalscorer: Wayne Rooney – 4/1 (WilliamHill.com)
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