Rejuvenated Manchester City have won eight matches on the spin in all competitions and as six of those successes came in the Premier League, their title defence in firmly back on track. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now 23/10 with Paddy Power to retain the Premier League trophy and they’re odds-on at 8/15 (Ladbrokes) to enhance their chances in that department by picking up another three-point haul as they travel to struggling West Brom.
The Baggies threw away a two-goal lead at QPR last time out and have lost five of their previous seven matches so they’re easy to oppose at the Hawthorns, where City are 31/20 courtesy of BetVictor to rack up a fourth consecutive league triumph ‘to nil’.
More specifically, the same firm quote 15/2 about a 2-0 away success, bet365, Pellegrini’s troops are 13/10 to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half and in the handicaps they’re 7/5 (Stan James) when kicking off a goal in arrears.
City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero remains sidelined with knee ligament damage but his team mates made light of his absence by firing three past Crystal Palace at the weekend. Yaya Toure was on target in that one and as his side’s designated penalty taker the Ivorian is the value pick in bet365’s first scorer betting at 6/1.
Manchester United’s run of victories came to an end as they shared the spoils at Aston Villa last time out but they look a banker at 2/5 courtesy of Paddy Power to get back to winning ways as they welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are 3/10 (Stan James) to get the better of travel-sick QPR at the Emirates Stadium, they’re 3/4 in bwin’s handicaps when starting one behind and it’s 9/1 with BetVictor for the Gunners to net three times without reply.
At Turf Moor, bet365 rate Liverpool at 5/6 to build on Sunday’s dramatic draw with Arsenal by overcoming Burnley and also set for an away victory are Tottenham (21/20, Skybet), who travel to rock-bottom Leicester City.
At Selhurst Park, Winner.com post 12/5 against Crystal Palace and Southampton sharing the spoils and it could also be all square (12/5, bet365) on Wearside, where Sunderland tackle Hull. Finally, Ladbrokes price Swansea at 4/5 to send Aston Villa home empty-handed and Stan James go 4/5 about Everton getting the better of Stoke at Goodison Park.
Arsenal to beat QPR 3-0 – 9/1 (BetVictor)
Man City (-1) to beat West Brom in the handicaps – 7/5 (Stan James)
Man Utd to beat Newcastle ‘to nil’ – 6/4 (Skybet)
Liverpool, Swansea and Everton treble – 5/1 (Coral)
Crystal Palace v Southampton draw – 12/5 (Winner.com)