Viewers have to wait until Monday evening for the weekend’s biggest contest, a showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea that could definitely have implications where the destination of the Premier League title is concerned.
The hosts’ hundred percent record at the Etihad Stadium means they’re odds-on favourites at 10/11 with Skybet to secure a vital three points while Jose Mourinho’s men, who have City’s rampant attack to contain, are bet365’s 7/2 outsiders and it’s 13/5 via BetVictor to finish all square.
A clash of the titans such as this will inevitably attract stalemate cash and it follows that there’ll be money for both a 1-1 scoreline at 7/1 (betway) and BetVictor’s 15/4 about the match finishing in a score draw.
However, the home form of Manuel Pellegrini’s team simply can’t be ignored and even though the Blues have a better chance than most of restricting the free-scoring hosts given their solid defence on the road, City can nick it.
They’re 29/10 with Ladbrokes to do so by a one-goal margin and a generous 9/1 courtesy of Winner.com to register a 1-0 victory while Alvaro Negredo, who has struck nine times in his last six appearances, is a 9/2 chance at Stan James to break the deadlock.
At the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Arsenal come up against a revitalised Crystal Palace but the Gunners should nevertheless emerge triumphant, an outcome Stan James chalk up at 1/5.
Possessing the best home defensive record in the top flight, Arsene Wenger’s side will be confident of prevailing ‘to nil’ (4/5, Paddy Power), especially as the Eagles struggle for goals on their travels and it’s perhaps not surprising that the best price available for a 2-0 home victory is Ladbrokes’s 11/2.
Alternatively, banker-hunters can tackle Paddy Power’s 4/6 about an Arsenal lead at the end of each half and the North London outfit are 8/13 to beat their South London opponents in Skybet’s handicaps when kicking-off a goal behind.
In the earlier encounter, Liverpool are just 7/10 (BetVictor) to boost their hopes of finishing in the top four by getting the better of West Brom. The Baggies however, are the Premier League’s stalemate specialists and they’re an appealing 11/4 via bet365 to hold Brendan Rodgers’s charges to a draw at the Hawthorns, where it’s 7/1 to finish one-each.
Manchester United still have plenty of work to do to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League but they should at least boost their claims at the Britannia Stadium by overcoming Stoke; Stan James chalk the champions up at 8/11 to emerge triumphant and it’s 7/1 with bet365 for them to grab the only goal.
Also in the scrap for fourth, Ladbrokes quote Everton at 2/5 to send Aston Villa home empty-handed, though the depleted Toffees are a touch risky, and a Tottenham triumph at Hull is 19/20 courtesy of William Hill.
Elsewhere, bet365’s 4/5 jollies Newcastle get the nod in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland, Skybet make Cardiff 6/5 to edge out Norwich and there’s a strong chance the remaining match-up will prove inconclusive, BetVictor posting 12/5 against Fulham sharing the spoils with Southampton.
Alvaro Negredo to score first – 9/2 (Stan James)
Man City to beat Chelsea by one – 29/10 (Ladbrokes)
Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham treble – 9/2 (BetVictor)
Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace ‘to nil’ – 4/5 (Paddy Power)
Fulham v Southampton draw – 12/5 (BetVictor)