Jose Mourinho has written off his Chelsea side’s chances of winning the title following the shock defeat at Crystal Palace last Saturday but the Blues are still definitely in the race and they can bounce back from a bad week by defeating Stoke, a result Winner.com rate at 1/4.
The in-form Potters have won four of their last five but only one of those victories came on the road and they don’t travel particularly.
Nevertheless, they head to London in confident mood and can certainly make life difficult for Chelsea, who are 29/10 (Ladbrokes) to prevail by a one-goal margin.
More specifically, betway make them 11/2 to nick it 1-0 but as they’re suffering a slight wobble at the minute, the hosts might take a while to break down their opponents and the best bet is therefore BetVictor’s 16/5 for Mourinho’s charges to come out on top following a level first period.
A run of five consecutive Premier League victories for Everton allied with a wobble for Arsenal has reopened the race for a Champions League place and given that the Toffees are currently four points adrift of the Gunners with a game in hand, the pair’s mouth watering showdown at Goodison Park on Sunday now has an enormous amount riding on it.
In the pair’s league meeting at the Emirates Stadium earlier this term and also in last season’s corresponding Merseyside fixture the pair drew one-each, a result that BetVictor price at a potentially popular 13/2 this time around. Alternatively, Ladbrokes’s offer 9/2 about the teams being inseparable at the end of each half and it’s 10/3 courtesy of bet365 to be a score draw.
Nevertheless, the momentum is with Roberto Martinez’s men who are worth an interest at 4/5 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market and for punters that believe the Blues will do the business, they’re 10/3 at Skybet to shade it by a one-goal margin. BetVictor meanwhile, rate Everton’s on-loan front man Romelu Lukaku at an enticing 6/1 to break the deadlock.
Results last weekend couldn’t have gone better for Liverpool, who capitalised on Chelsea’s defeat at Crystal Palace and the stalemate between Arsenal and Man City by hammering Tottenham 4-0 to climb to the top the table.
Bet365 reacted by slashing the Reds to 15/8 to clinch the Premier League crown and bookies are confident that Brendan Rodgers’s troops will force their title odds down yet further on Sunday, Ladbrokes quoting them at just 4/9 to rack up a ninth straight victory, at West Ham.
The Hammers are 15/2 via Winner.com to halt Liverpool’s momentum by coming out on top at Upton Park, where Stan James post 19/5 against the league leaders only managing to share the spoils but although the hosts have carded back-to-back wins, it’s hard to oppose Rodgers’s rampant team in light of their current form.
The visitors are set to attract cash then at 8/5 (William Hill) to prevail ‘to nil’, they’re evens at Paddy Power to lead at the end of each half and BetVictor price Rodgers’s side at 17/2 to net twice without reply.
At St James’s Park, Man Utd are 10/11 with Skybet to temporarily move into the top six at Tottenham’s expense by seeing off Newcastle but Spurs can leapfrog United again on Monday; they’re 8/15 at Paddy Power as they host beleaguered Sunderland.
At the bottom, betway’s 7/5 chances Cardiff get the nod in their six-pointer with Crystal Palace, Winner.com go 47/20 about an inconclusive affair as Norwich entertain West Brom and rock-bottom Fulham are overpriced at 10/3 via BetVictor to land a maximum haul at Aston Villa. Hull and Swansea finally, are 9/4 at bet365 to be inseparable at the KC Stadium.
Draw/Chelsea in HT/FT betting – 16/5 (BetVictor)
Treble on Liverpool, Chelsea & Man Utd – 12/5 (Coral)
Romelu Lukaku to score first – 6/1 (BetVictor)
Fulham to beat Aston Villa – 10/3 (BetVictor)
Hull and Swansea to draw – 9/4 (bet365)