Liverpool go into the busy Christmas period in fine shape, right in the mix at the top of the table and seemingly with plenty to look forward to in 2014 including a potential championship challenge. However, they face arguably the toughest test of their title mettle yet as they visit Premier League favourites Manchester City on Boxing Day.
Coming off the back of another comfortable victory, this time against Cardiff, Brendan Rodgers’s men head to the Etihad Stadium in confident mood but they’re nevertheless William Hill’s 7/2 outsiders to claim the points.
Ladbrokes meanwhile, price the Reds at 3/1 to head back down the East Lancashire Road with a credible share of the spoils and their form will ensure that attracts cash, however, Manchester City simply don’t drop points on their own patch and they’re hard to oppose at 4/5 (BetVictor) to maintain their hundred percent home record.
Nevertheless, Liverpool are on a roll at present and can at least keep it close so a City success by one catches the eye at 3/1 with bet365 and in a match that’s a banker at 4/9 via Stan James to generate at least three goals, a case can be made for BetVictor’s 17/2, marked against a 2-1 scoreline.
Meanwhile, City made light of Sergio Aguero’s absence at the weekend, firing four past Fulham with Yaya Toure amongst the scorers and the Ivorian midfielder is an appealing 12/5 at Skybet to notch at some point in this one.
Champions Manchester United look to be finding some form and they’re 4/7 at Stan James to further boost their chances of forcing their way back into the title race by gleaning a maximum haul from the trip to Hull.
Only Aston Villa have managed fewer home goals than the Tigers, who are 6/4 at betway to be beaten ‘to nil’ and more specifically, Winner.com mark 7/1 against David Moyes’s team notching twice without reply at the KC Stadium.
Arsenal cross the capital to East London as bet365’s 8/13 favourites to see off West Ham and the Gunners also stand out at 6/4 in Paddy Power’s handicaps, where they start a goal in arrears. Alternatively, it’s 29/20 at BetVictor for Arsene Wenger’s side to lead at the end of each half and they’re 23/10 (Ladbrokes) to win but also concede.
Meanwhile, staying in London, Stan James chalk Chelsea up at just 1/3 to send Swansea home empty-handed and Tottenham are a tasty 4/7 (BetVictor) to follow up Sunday’s triumph at Southampton by getting the better of West Brom. The pair double up at a generous 11/10 with bet365.
Elsewhere, Skybet offer high-flying Everton, who have still only suffered one defeat, at 2/5 to beat bottom club Sunderland, Paddy Power post a chunkier 4/5 against Newcastle as they entertain Stoke and Aston Villa (37/40, BetVictor) should be too strong for Crystal Palace. Finally, in South Wales, bet365 suggest odds of 12/5 for Cardiff to share the spoils with Southampton and an inconclusive affair is 5/2 at BetVictor as Norwich take on Fulham.
Treble on Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham – 23/10 (BetVictor)
Man City to beat Liverpool by one – 3/1 (bet365)
Double on Everton and Newcastle – 6/4 (Stan James)
Cardiff and Southampton to draw – 12/5 (bet365)