This season’s title race has been one of the most intriguing for years and there’s still time for a few more twists and turns as the campaign enters the home straight with several of the teams bidding to be crowned champions, still to face each other.
Arsenal and Manchester City lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in one such showdown at tea time on Saturday and bookies appear relatively confident that the visitors will put paid to the Gunners’ fading hopes of topping the pile, Paddy Power installing Manuel Pellegrini’s men as 11/10 favourites.
The hosts are 2/1 chances with Stan James and BetVictor offer 5/2 about a stalemate, a price that will attract interest in North London; indeed, that’s probably a result both teams would have settled for earlier this term but with points at a premium at this stage in the piece, both are likely to go for it.
If that proves to be the case then City’s additional quality can give them the edge and bet365 chalk them up at 3/1 to shade it by one-goal margin.
Alternatively, Ladbrokes mark 8/1 against Pellegrini’s troops registering a 2-1 triumph, they’re 13/4 (betway) to come out on top without keeping a clean sheet and at the other end, Sergio Aguero is fighting to shake off a hamstring injury and if he wins that battle, the City front man will be well backed at 9/2 courtesy of Stan James to break the deadlock.
In the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane back in December, the Reds mauled Spurs 5-0, a repeat of which is as high as 40/1 (BetVictor) but while Rodgers’s side are prolific that kind of scoreline is a touch ambitious and a better bet might be bet365’s 11/1 about a 3-1 Reds victory in match that’s a safe looking 8/13 via William Hill to see both teams find the net.
Struggling in attack, Crystal Palace are winless in five and it’s easy to fear for them as they prepare to entertain Premier League leaders Chelsea. Winner.com quote the Blues at just 9/20 to make the short journey back to Stamford Bridge in possession of a vital maximum haul and as the Eagles have managed just one goal in five outings, an away success ‘to nil’ catches the eye at 11/10 (BetVictor).
Everton meanwhile, still possess hopes of European qualification and are 5/6 at Stan James to enhance those by overcoming Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Elsewhere, Sunderland might have to settle for a share of the spoils (23/10, Skybet) at home to West Ham, Stan James price West Brom and Cardiff at 13/5 to be inseparable in their relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns and bet365 post 11/4 against a stalemate as Swansea welcome Norwich to the Liberty Stadium.
Man City to beat Arsenal by one – 3/1 (bet365)
Chelsea to beat Crystal Palace ‘to nil’ – 11/10 (BetVictor)
Treble on Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton – 14/5 (Stan James)
West Brom v Cardiff draw – 13/5 (Stan James)
Double on Stoke and Southampton – 13/5 (Paddy Power)