At one stage it looked it would be a two-horse race between Chelsea and champions Manchester City for the Premier League title but Manuel Pellegrini’s troops have lost three of their last five to slip down to fourth in the table, leaving their bid to retain their crown in tatters.
The pressure is subsequently mounting on boss Manuel Pellegrini , who looks unlikely to be at Eastlands next term and indeed the Chilean has been cut to a top price of just 13/5 at Paddy Power to lose his job before the season concludes, although his employers will probably wait until the end of what has been a disappointing campaign to swing the axe.
Nevertheless, Pellegrini’s position will come under increasing scrutiny if his side loses at neighbours Manchester United on Sunday and as faltering City have lost three on the spin on their travels, it’s certainly the hosts at 6/4 with bet365 that catch the eye at Old Trafford, where the visitors make for no appeal at 9/5 (Stan James).
As it’s a derby, Ladbrokes’s 12/5 about an inconclusive affair will undoubtedly attract cash but Louis Van Gaal’s side, for all their well discussed shortcomings, possess a tremendous home record and have registered five straight league wins, so they can’t be opposed here.
City still possess the quality to trouble their rivals and should find the net so BetVictor’s 15/4 about United prevailing but both teams finding the net stands out, it’s 3/1 (Skybet) for Van Gaal’s side to triumph by one and more precisely, bet365 post 10/1 against a 2-1 home success.
In attack meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has notched six times in eight outings across all competitions so he’ll be well backed at 11/2 courtesy of Stan James to break the deadlock.