When Chelsea entertained Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last season, they mauled the Gunners 6-0 and such has been the strength of the Blues’ start to the current campaign that if they were to repeat the feat this weekend, an outcome Paddy Power price at 200/1, their title odds would be so skinny as to be scarcely worth backing.
Fortunately, for Arsene Wenger’s troops that kind of scoreline is unlikely in this derby renewal but the hosts nevertheless look set to pouch the three points and bookies agree, Ladbrokes installing them as odds-on favourites at 7/10 and BetVictor rating the visitors at 9/2.
Jose Mourinho’s charges have won all but one of their fixtures so far and they’re 11/4 at Skybet to account for Arsenal’s unbeaten record by a one-goal margin.
More accurately, bet365 go 8/1 about a 2-1 Blues triumph and William Hill quote the home side at 6/4 to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half.
However, the wisest move in west London could be to focus on Chelsea frontman Diego Costa.
The Spaniard has notched in five of Chelsea’s half-dozen top-flight outings, racking up eight goals in total and he’s hard to resist at 10/3 (Winner.com) to break the deadlock against the Gunners. The in-form Blues front man is also 4/5 at BetVictor to find the net at any stage.
Manchester City are five points off the pace but that shouldn’t increase as Manuel Pellegrini’s team go to Aston Villa.
City are 8/15 jollies at Stan James and as Paul Lambert’s men have been heavily beaten in their last couple, albeit against Chelsea and Arsenal, they shouldn’t trouble the champions at Villa Park.
It’s 8/5 at betway for the visitors to triumph ‘to nil’, just like Villa’s last couple of opponents and another 3-0 reverse for the hosts is a 12/1 shot with BetVictor.
Phil Jagielka’s injury-time screamer earned Everton a point in last weekend’s Merseyside derby but it was an otherwise lacklustre performance from the Toffees, who are 8/11 via Stan James to slump to a defeat at Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal’s side, however, haven’t convinced themselves this term and William Hill’s draw quote at 3/1 is arguably the best bet at Old Trafford.
Second-placed Southampton come face-to-face with former boss Mauricio Pochettino as they visit Tottenham and bet365 make them 12/5 to show their old manager what he’s missing at White Hart Lane.
Stan James mark 11/10 against a Spurs success but it’s the same firm’s 5/2 about an inconclusive affair that catches the eye in north London.
Frustrated by their neighbours at Anfield last time out, Liverpool are just 2/5 (Stan James) to bounce back as they meet West Brom while home wins for Swansea (17/20, bet365) and Leicester (4/5, Skybet), against Newcastle and Burnley respectively, are also on the cards.
Elsewhere, William Hill chalk West Ham up at 19/20 to get one over on former boss Harry Redknapp’s QPR, BetVictor quote Crystal Palace at 12/5 to bag a point at Hull and Stoke are the tentative selection at 85/40 courtesy of BetVictor ahead of their trip to Wearside to take on Sunderland.
Places at Old Trafford for the Super League Grand Final are up-for-grabs this week in two mouth watering semi-final clashes.
First up, St Helens host an impressive Catalans Dragons outfit tonight (Thursday) at Langtree Park, where Saints are tipped at 2/5 via Stan James to end the French side’s play-off dream.
The Dragons have already accounted for Huddersfield and Leeds on the road on their way to this clash but a third away victory could be a bridge too far and Nathan Brown’s troops get the nod at 10/11 in Skybet’s handicaps, when starting eight points in arrears.
Tomorrow, Wigan and Warrington lock horns at the DW Stadium. The Warriors, in front of their own supporters, are BetVictor’s 4/9 chances to progress while Stan James quote the Wolves at 2/1 to get through.
A close affair looks likely and so while Shaun Wane’s charges deserve to be favourites, the visitors, benefiting from an eight-point start, are a slightly more appealing handicap pick at 10/11 with bet365.
After their relatively comfortable Ryder Cup victory last weekend, Europe have been installed as even money favourites by BetVictor to win the trophy for the fifth consecutive renewal at Hazeltine in 2016.
The United States are 5/4 courtesy of Winner.com to do the business on their own turf and in terms of the respective captains, Darren Clarke is just 1/3 (Ladbrokes) to lead the Europeans but the American selection looks a touch less clear cut, although Paul Azinger (7/2, Skybet) is the favourite with most bookies.
Bet of the week: Diego Costa to score first – 10/3 (Winner.com).
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