In Saturday’s evening kick-off, rejuvenated Crystal Palace will fancy their chances of racking up a fourth consecutive home win as they tackle Manchester United but bookies unanimously lean towards the visitors, BetVictor quoting them at 8/13 to keep their slender top four hopes alive and Betfred rating the Eagles at 11/2.
However, Tony Pulis’s charges have nothing to fear from an unconvincing United team and looking more dangerous following some shrewd transfer business in January, they stand out at 4/1 in Skybet’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
The other three teams, Chelsea aside, involved in the race for the championship, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, all face relatively straightforward home fixtures this weekend. The Gunners are Paddy Power’s 3/10 favourites as they welcome Sunderland to North London and despite the Black Cats’ recent revival Arsene Wenger’s team should be too strong.
City are even skinnier at 1/6 via betway to get the better of Stoke but are more appealing at 1/2 in Stan James’s handicaps when kicking off a goal behind the Potters and at Anfield, buoyant Liverpool are a safe-looking 1/3 (Ladbrokes) to get the better of Swansea, who aren’t the most convincing travellers. Alternatively, a treble on that trio of title-challengers comes in at even money with BetVictor.
Elsewhere, the pressure is mounting on Norwich boss Chris Hughton and that’s set to intensify on Sunday at Carrow Road, where Tottenham are 21/20 via BetVictor to plunder all three points while a couple of hours earlier, Aston Villa are overpriced at 14/5 (888Sport) ahead of the trip to beleaguered Newcastle.
Finally, at the Hawthorns, William Hill post 8/11 against West Brom defeating rock-bottom Fulham, it’s 9/4 with Winner.com to finish all square as Cardiff host Hull and Southampton are Ladbrokes’s 6/4 jollies prior to their West Ham excursion.
Crystal Palace to beat Man Utd ‘Draw No Bet’ – 4/1 (Skybet)
Treble on Arsenal, Man City & Liverpool – evens (BetVictor)
Aston Villa to beat Newcastle – 14/5 (888Sport)
Double on Tottenham and West Brom – 5/2 (William Hill)