Manchester City’s title bid has so far been largely based upon a hundred percent home record but Manuel Pellegrini’s men have now started to get their act together on the road too, which is bad news for their rivals in the battle for the Premier League crown.
City are expected to pick up another away success this weekend in the potentially tricky clash at Newcastle, William Hill making the 2012 champions odds-on at 7/10 to collect maximum points on Tyneside, where the Magpies are bet365’s 9/2 outsiders.
Paddy Power post 3/1 against a stalemate, a price that might attract cash given the hosts’ decent start to the campaign, but Alan Pardew’s charges have lost three on the spin in all competitions, including a couple at home so it’s hard to see beyond a City triumph.
Nevertheless, St James’s Park is never the easiest place to visit and Newcastle are strong enough to ensure it’s a tight affair so a case can be made for an away success by a one-goal margin at 11/4 via BetVictor.
The visitors tend to concede on their travels and indeed haven’t managed an away shutout since facing Newcastle coincidentally, in the Capital One back in October. Betway’s 2/1 for Pellegrini’s side to prevail but also concede is worth considering then and Ladbrokes post 15/2 against a 2-1 City triumph.
As Arsenal have won seven of their ten away fixtures and Aston Villa have lost six out of ten on their own patch, the Gunners are Stan James’s 4/7 favourites as the pair lock horns at Villa Park. The Villans have the worst home scoring record in the top flight, a statistic that lends appeal to BetVictor’s 7/4 about an Arsenal victory ‘to nil’ and more specifically, Winner.com chalk Arsene Wenger’s troops up at 15/2 to net twice without reply for the third game in a row.
Liverpool are just 4/6 at Paddy Power to put the league defeats at Man City and Chelsea behind them by getting the better of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium and neighbours Everton should also finish the weekend three points better off, Stan James pricing them at 2/5 to send Norwich home from Goodison Park empty-handed. A Merseyside double meanwhile, is 13/10 at Ladbrokes.
At Old Trafford, BetVictor rate Manchester United at 1/2 to avenge the FA Cup defeat to Swansea and also set for a home victory are Tottenham, William Hill’s 4/11 chances ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, Skybet go 6/5 about Fulham seeing off rock-bottom Sunderland, it’s a slightly skinnier 11/10 (bet365) for Cardiff to overcome fellow strugglers West Ham and finally, Betfred make Southampton 11/4 to share the spoils with West Brom.
Man City to beat Newcastle 2-1 – 15/2 (Ladbrokes)
Treble on Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd – 3/1 (Coral)
Southampton and West Brom to draw – 11/4 (Betfred)
Everton and Fulham double – 2/1 (BetVictor)