In terms of the bearing it has on the title race, Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City is arguably the biggest game of the campaign so far given that the Gunners lead the way and City are right amongst the chasing pack.
As Premier League pacesetters, the Gunners will have their backers at 10/3 with Betvictor and in such a massive clash it’s also inevitable that the stalemate will attract cash, at odds of 14/5 via Stan James on this occasion.
However, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops have a 100 per cent record at the Etihad Stadium, where they have been absolutely rampant and even a team of Arsenal’s quality might struggle to contain them in front of their own supporters.
Subsequently, City get the nod at 10/11 courtesy of Paddy Power albeit in what should be an open, entertaining affair that should provide plenty of goalmouth action.
In a contest set to generate three or more goals (8/13, Skybet), Ladbrokes post 11/4 against Pellegrini’s team nicking it but also conceding at least once, City are 14/5 (Betvictor) to prevail by a one-goal margin and Stan James cater for the ambitious, offering 22/1 about a 3-2 home success.
Sergio Aguero meanwhile, can’t stop scoring and there are few better candidates for the opener than the Argentine striker – a 4/1 chance at William Hill to break the deadlock.
Liverpool have enjoyed a cracking start to the season but their performances at home have been more convincing than those on the road and that pattern looks set to continue at Tottenham, whom William Hill chalk up at 8/5 to send the Reds home from White Hart Lane empty-handed.
It’s a match in which both teams should find the net (11/20, Winner.com) and on that basis a case can be made for a 2-1 victory for Andre Villas-Boas’s side at 10/1 with bet365.
Understandably, Crystal Palace have looked more solid under Tony Pulis but it’s hard to envisage them avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are Paddy Power’s emphatic 1/5 favourites. Jose Mourinho’s men tempt in bet365’s handicaps at 7/5 when kicking-off two goals in arrears and it’s 11/2 (Betvictor) for them to notch twice without reply.
Manchester United’s shaky title defence heads to Aston Villa this week and as the home side tend to be more effective on their travels, David Moyes’s charges should walk away with a maximum haul, an outcome Ladbrokes rate at 4/5. It could nevertheless be close so a victory by one for the champions stands out at 14/5 via Skybet.
Everton have an outstanding home record against Fulham and having made an impressive start to the campaign they have to be fancied at 2/5 courtesy of Paddy Power to see off Rene Meulensteen’s strugglers at Goodison Park.
Newcastle (29/20, Betvictor) and West Ham (Evens, Winner.com) should also register victories on their own patch, at the expense of Southampton and Sunderland respectively while Skybet’s 12/5 marked against the stalemate looks like the best bet as Cardiff entertain West Brom.
A stalemate, at 11/5 with Betway.com, also shouldn’t be ruled in Hull’s KC Stadium clash with Stoke and finally, Betfred go 12/5 about Swansea’s trip to Norwich being inconclusive.
The Heineken Cup throws up a reverse of last week’s fixtures so any grudges between the teams will be fresh in the memory, making for some potentially fiery affairs.
In the standout clashes for value, Exeter are 10/11 to get the better of Toulon with the benefit of a 21-point start at Betvictor, Northampton might be worth backing in the handicaps at 10/11 with Stan James when enjoying an 11-point advantage over Leinster while Gloucester are 10/11 with Paddy Power to overhaul Edinburgh’s 13-point advantage.
In the outright markets, Leinster remain Skybet’s 10/3 favourites with Toulon and Clermont Auvergne 4/1 and 5/1 with Betway.com and Winner.com respectively. Saracens are considered to be the best of the English sides at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray can’t be opposed in the Sports Personality of the Year betting and subsequently he’s just 1/33 via Winner.com to scoop the prestigious gong.
The value is in the betting without the Scot and there, Mo Farah is bet365’s 5/4 jolly ahead of Tony McCoy, priced by Paddy Power at 9/4.
Skybet quote Tour de France victor Chris Froome at 4/1 but don’t rule out betway’s 14/1 chance Ben Ainslie after his involvement in the Americas Cup comeback that really caught the public’s imagination.
Bet of the week: Sergio Aguero to score first – 4/1 (WilliamHill.com).
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