City should keep the pressure on by seeing off Arsenal

Sergio Aguero will be well backed to find the net for Manchester City this weekend

Sergio Aguero will be well backed to find the net for Manchester City this weekend

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Champions Manchester City lost ground in the Premier League title race after they were pegged back by Everton last weekend and Paddy Power subsequently nudged Manuel Pellegrini’s men out to 5/2 to retain their crown.

However, City should be able to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea this weekend and bookies agree, bet365 making them odds-on at 4/5 to secure a vital maximum haul at the expense of visiting Arsenal (18/5, BetVictor) at the Etihad Stadium.

The pair’s meeting in north London earlier in the campaign finished all-square, an outcome that’s set to have plenty of backers at 14/5 with Stan James this time around and a repeat of the 2-2 scoreline from that one is a 12/1 shot at betway.

Nevertheless, the Gunners have won just one of their last four league assignments on the road while City have won six of their last seven on their own patch so the statistics suggest the hosts will come out on top.

They’re an enticing 14/5 at Stan James to do so by a one-goal margin and in a match that’s a safe looking 3/5 courtesy of Ladbrokes to see both sides get on the scoresheet, City are 8/1 (bet365) to register a 2-1 triumph.

Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, returned to action from the subs bench at Everton and with a start more likely for the Argentine striker on Sunday, he’ll attract cash at 7/2 with William Hill to break the deadlock.

Chelsea now have a two-point lead in the battle for top spot and Skybet rate the Blues at a slender-looking 4/7 to keep City at arm’s length by collecting a maximum haul at Swansea.

Garry Monk’s, side however, are pretty strong at the Liberty Stadium, where their defensive record is the third best in the top flight and they can make life very difficult indeed for Jose Mourinho’s troops.

BetVictor rate the Swans at a generous 33/10 to grab a share of the spoils and the same firm offer a hefty 8/1 about the pair netting once-each.

Third-placed Southampton arrived at Old Trafford with the perfect game plan last time out and were duly rewarded as they secured the three points, a feat Winner.com make them 11/10 to repeat at Newcastle and Manchester United are 4/7 (Stan James) to bounce back from their loss to Saints by seeing off QPR at Loftus Road.

Also set for an away success are bet365’s 5/6 chances Liverpool, who head to Aston Villa and the Reds combine with United and Southampton in a treble at 5/1 via BetVictor.

At the Boleyn Ground, William Hill chalk West Ham up at 8/11 to be too strong for struggling Hull, Tottenham are banker material at 8/13 thanks to Stan James as they welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane and BetVictor go 5/6 about Everton putting recent poor league form behind them by defeating West Brom.

Finally, in the crucial relegation scrap at Turf Moor, Paddy Power mark 9/4 against Burnley sharing the spoils with Crystal Palace and it’s 12/5 (Stan James) to prove inconclusive as Leicester entertain Stoke.

In tennis, the Australian Open gets under way on Monday and Paddy Power rate four-time victor Novak Djokovic as their 11/10 jolly to win the tournament for the fourth year in five.

Roger Federer is next in the betting at 11/2 (Stan James), Andy Murray is 7/1 at Ladbrokes to land his third career Grand Slam having been runner-up in Melbourne on three occasions and William Hill quote last year’s beaten finalist Rafael Nadal at 8/1.

Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka meanwhile, is 14/1 courtesy of BetVictor to retain the title but it’s hard to overlook Djokovic, who absolutely loves this event.

Paddy Power’s 5/4 Superbowl favourites Seattle are just 5/16 at bet365 to emerge triumphant in Sunday’s NFC Championship game against Green Bay (13/5, BetVictor).

The Seahawks enjoy home advantage and they catch the eye at even money via betway to cover the Packers’ 7.5 point start in the CenturyLink Field showdown.

In the AFC Championship, Stan James price hosts New England at 4/11 to overcome Indianapolis and the Patriots are available at 20/21 with William Hill to defeat the Colts by more than 6.5 at the Gillette Stadium.

Bet of the week: Liverpool, Man Utd & Southampton treble – 5/1 (BetVictor).

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