Manchester City unexpectedly dropped vital points at home to Burnley on Sunday, despite holding a 2-0 advantage at the interval but bookies are convinced that lightning won’t strike twice as Manuel Pellegrini’s side welcome Sunderland to the Etihad Stadium.
The Black Cats actually snatched a share of the spoils at City in last season’s title run-in but it’s 6/1 with Stan James for them to repeat the feat in this one, which is just 1/4 via Ladbrokes to go the way of the hosts.
Pellegrini’s charges cruised to an emphatic 4-1 success in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light and they’re 18/1 at bet365 to prevail by an identical scoreline; however, Sunderland tend to struggle for goals, particularly on the road and that pattern looks set to continue.
BetVictor’s 39/40 about a City success ‘to nil’ subsequently catches the eye then, William Hill quote a generous 6/1 for the champions to notch twice without reply and they’re 7/10 (BetVictor) to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half.
Meanwhile, with City missing several key players in attack, David Silva has stepped up to the goal scoring plate, netting four times in three outings and the Spaniard is an enticing 11/2 at bet365 to break the deadlock on this occasion.
Chelsea make the short journey to Tottenham as Stan James’s odds-on favourites at 4/5 but the Blues had to settle for a point at Southampton at the weekend and a similar scenario could unfold at White Hart Lane, where Paddy Power price the stalemate at 11/4.
BetVictor offer 4/1 about the contest ending in a score draw and more precisely it’s a tasty 7/1 courtesy of BetVictor to be one-each, a result that the opposing managers would probably settle for in what looks a tricky assignment for both teams.
An unexpected contender for a European place, West Ham are 4/5 at Winner.com to boost their stock by overcoming struggling West Brom and BetVictor quote Liverpool at just 9/20 to haul themselves back into the race as they welcome Leicester to Anfield. The Hammers and the Reds combine at odds of 8/5 (Stan James) when placed in a treble.
At the KC Stadium, where Hull host Everton a draw (12/5, Paddy Power) is again the best bet, BetVictor’s 4/5 chances Newcastle though, should have too much for Burnley and William Hill price Aston Villa at 7/5 to edge out Crystal Palace.
David Silva to score first – 11/2 (bet365)
West Ham and Liverpool double – 8/5 (Stan James)
Tottenham and Chelsea score draw – 15/4 (bet365)
Southampton and Arsenal to draw – 12/5 (Skybet)