Slashed to 1/5 with BetVictor to be crowned champions after scrapping out another victory on Sunday, at Norwich, Liverpool are closing in on the title and while avoiding defeat at home to Chelsea, an outcome rated at just 2/7 by William Hill, won’t be enough to mathematically secure the Premier League trophy, it would be hard to see them blowing it from there.
A victory for the Reds will rule the visitors out of the race and Stan James have installed Brendan Rodgers’s men as even money favourites to land three vital points while Jose Mourinho’s side are 3/1 (BetVictor) to make it a nervy end to the campaign for the leaders.
However, Liverpool have only failed to win twice in 17 outings on their own patch so at the very least they’re worth an interest at 4/9 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market and indeed following Chelsea’s morale-sapping reverse against Sunderland, the Reds should enjoy the upper hand.
With a close encounter nevertheless likely, bet365 make them 3/1 to edge out the stubborn Blues by one and they’re 8/1 courtesy of Winner.com to card a 2-1 success. Luis Suarez meanwhile, again gets the first scorer nod from bookies at 7/2 (betway) but there’s also likely to be cash in that market for in-form attacker Raheem Sterling at 10/1 with bet365.
Watching that clash with interest will be Manchester City who look to keep their fading title hopes alive immediately afterwards at Crystal Palace. Manuel Pellegrini’s team are just 9/20 at betway to do the business at Selhurst Park and although the Eagles, Paddy Power’s 7/1 outsiders, are in buoyant mood having won five on the spin, City should have enough to sneak it, especially now that Sergio Aguero is fit again and back amongst the goals. The Argentine striker is 3/1 (Stan James) to break the deadlock.
Looking to cling on to the last Champions League spot, Arsenal are 1/3 via William Hill to pile more misery on beleaguered Newcastle on Monday and Stan James quote the Gunners, kicking off a goal in arrears, at 9/10 in the handicaps.
Slightly bigger in the match betting, at 4/11 with BetVictor, are Manchester United who should mark Ryan Giggs’s first game as manager by beating desperate Norwich.
It could be relatively straightforward for United, set to boosted by a change at the helm, and they’re decent value at even money in Skybet’s handicaps when starting a goal behind.
The likely loss for the Canaries will be a huge incentive for Sunderland and Cardiff as they face off at the Stadium of Light. A reverse for either will probably condemn them to the Championship and it’s the improving Black Cats (10/11, bet365) that can boost their survival hopes.
Also at the bottom, Skybet quote Fulham at an enticing 13/10 to see off Hull, Ladbrokes chalk West Brom up at evens to conquer West Ham and also set for a home triumph, this time against Aston Villa, are bet365’s 4/6 jollies Swansea. Finally, at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke are overpriced at 11/5 via Stan James ahead of the visit of Tottenham.
Handicap double on Man Utd (-1) and Arsenal (-1) – 13/5 (Skybet)
Liverpool to beat Chelsea by one – 3/1 (bet365)
Stoke to beat Tottenham – 11/5 (Stan James)
Sergio Aguero to score first – 3/1 (Stan James)
Double on Fulham and Swansea – 14/5 (BetVictor)