Manchester City are amidst something of a crisis, despite last weekend’s derby success over neighbours Manchester United but Manuel Pellegrini’s side are still just 4/9 with Stan James to close the gap on the Premier League table’s summit as they travel to struggling QPR (15/2, bet365).
City may have endured a miserable evening on Wednesday as they collapsed to a shock, 2-1 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League but they should enjoy the upper hand as they turn their attention back to domestic matters and they’re 21/20 in BetVictor’s handicaps when starting a goal in arrears.
Nevertheless, the best bet in West London is actually Rangers-related. Front man Charlie Austin has started to look the part of late with three goals in his last two outings and he’s too big at 7/2 (Skybet) to get on the scoresheet at any time against faltering opponents, even if it’s likely his efforts will be in vain.
In Sunday’s big televised clash, Stan James rate Arsenal as 6/5 jollies as they travel to Swansea but the Swans scrapped their way to a decent point at Everton last time out and BetVictor make them an enticing-looking 5/2 to do likewise against the Gunners.
Second-placed Saints should fare a touch better, Stan James chalking them up at 1/2 to get the better of faltering Leicester on the south coast and Manchester United are an even skinnier 1/3, this time at Paddy Power, as they entertain Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. That duo double up at a generous evens courtesy of Ladbrokes.
Tottenham’s fight-back against Aston Villa should stand them in good stead at home to Stoke and William Hill quote Spurs at 4/6 to grab another maximum haul. West Ham can also register a victory on their own patch, this time at the expense of freefalling Aston Villa, a result Skybet offer at 4/5.
Elsewhere, recent improvements for both sides suggests that West Brom and Newcastle will divide the points at the Hawthorns (5/2, bet365), Stan James go 21/20 about an Everton triumph at Sunderland and bet365 price Burnley at 8/5 to finally pick up their first win, as they take on Hull at Turf Moor.
Charlie Austin to score at any time – 7/2 (Skybet)
Southampton and Man Utd double – evens (Ladbrokes)
Swansea and Arsenal to draw – 5/2 (BetVictor)
Tottenham and West Ham double – 2/1 (Stan James)
Burnley to beat Hull – 8/5 (bet365)