Manchester City’s title bid has so far been largely based upon a hundred percent home record.
But Manuel Pellegrini’s men have now started to get their act together on the road too, which is bad news for their rivals in the battle for the Premier League crown.
City are expected to pick up another away success this weekend in the potentially tricky clash at Newcastle, William Hill making the 2012 champions odds-on at 7/10 to collect maximum points on Tyneside, where the Magpies are bet365’s 9/2 outsiders.
Paddy Power post 3/1 against a stalemate, a price that might attract cash given the hosts’ decent start to the campaign, but Alan Pardew’s charges have lost three on the spin in all competitions, including a couple at home so it’s hard to see beyond a City triumph.
Nevertheless, St James’s Park is never the easiest place to visit and Newcastle are strong enough to ensure it’s a tight affair so a case can be made for an away success by a one-goal margin at 11/4 via BetVictor.
The visitors tend to concede on their travels and indeed haven’t managed an away shutout since facing Newcastle coincidentally, in the Capital One Cup back in October. Betway’s 2/1 for Pellegrini’s side to prevail but also concede is worth considering then and Ladbrokes post 15/2 against a 2-1 City triumph.
As Arsenal have won seven of their 10 away fixtures and Aston Villa have lost six out of ten on their own patch, the Gunners are Stan James’s 4/7 favourites as the pair lock horns at Villa Park.
The Villans have the worst home scoring record in the top flight, a statistic that lends appeal to BetVictor’s 7/4 about an Arsenal victory ‘to nil’ and more specifically, Winner.com chalk Arsene Wenger’s troops up at 15/2 to net twice without reply for the third game in a row.
In Saturday’s early kick-off, Chelsea head to Hull and despite some shaky away results this term, the Blues are set to justify the 4/7 favouritism handed to them by bet365.
The Tigers, however, tend to give very little away at the KC Stadium, where their defensive record is the joint best in the division and therefore, in a match that’s 5/6 (BetVictor) to produce fewer than three goals, Ladbrokes’s 6/1 about a 1-0 triumph for Jose Mourinho’s team is the stand out bet.
Liverpool are just 4/6 at Paddy Power to put the league defeats at Manchester City and Chelsea behind by getting the better of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium and neighbours Everton should also finish the weekend three points better off, Stan James pricing them at 2/5 to send Norwich home from Goodison Park empty-handed. A Merseyside double meanwhile, is 13/10 at Ladbrokes.
At Old Trafford, BetVictor rate Manchester United at 1/2 to avenge the FA Cup defeat to Swansea and also set for a home victory are Tottenham, William Hill’s 4/11 chances ahead of the visit of Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, Skybet go 6/5 about Fulham seeing off rock-bottom Sunderland, it’s a slightly skinnier 11/10 (bet365) for Cardiff to overcome fellow strugglers West Ham and finally, BetVictor make Southampton 4/5 as they entertain West Brom.
The Australian Open gets under way on Monday and bookies consider it a two-horse race between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic has won the tournament in each of the last three years and he’s 11/10 at Paddy Power to make it four victories on the spin at the Rod Laver Arena, where Nadal is 13/5 (Stan James) to add to his solitary 2009 triumph.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is next in the betting at 7/1 via Stan James but the Scot has played only one ATP tournament since last September and lost in the second round of the Qatar Open after returning from a back operation so he could be a touch rusty in Melbourne.
Paddy Power’s 11/1 chance Juan Martin del Potro can’t be ruled out and Roger Federer (16/1, William Hill) remains a threat but it’s difficult to see past the first two in the betting and of those two it’s in-form Nadal that looks the value call to make it two Grand Slams in a row following his US Open success.
England’s humiliation at the hands of Australia was completed last week as more dismal batting ensured an 5-0 Ashes whitewash and the beleaguered tourists aren’t expected to revive their fortunes in the forthcoming One-Day series between the sides.
The hosts are 2/5 at betway to prevail over the course of the five encounters while England are 12/5 (bet365) and it’s 7/1 with Stan James for the Baggy Greens to again triumph 5-0.
It’s hard to envisage a series victory for England but they should at least win one match so a 4-1 Aussie success catches the eye 5/2 via Winner.com, however, all of the momentum is currently with the home side and they’re the team to back in Sunday’s opener at 8/15 courtesy of Ladbrokes.
Bet of the week: Australia to beat England 4-1 in the ODI series – 5/2 (Winner.com).
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