City expected to maintain their pursuit of Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge

Champions Manchester City lie five points off the Premier League pace after seven matches.

But back-to-back victories have carried Manuel Pellegrini’s men into second spot and they’re tipped to keep up their pursuit of leaders Chelsea by getting the better of Tottenham in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Stan James rate City at 1/2 to secure maximum points at the expense of their north London opponents, BetVictor’s 7/1 outsiders and although Spurs’ unbeaten away record could nudge one or two punters towards a stalemate at 7/2 with bet365, it’s the hosts that should enjoy the upper hand.

Nevertheless, a close affair looks to be on the cards despite the ease with which City disposed of Tottenham 6-0 and 5-1 in last term’s two meetings.

Indeed a victory for Pellegrini’s charges by a one-goal margin catches the eye at 11/4 via Skybet and post a generous 7/1 against a 2-1 home success in a fixture that’s a strong candidate for both teams finding the net (4/5, BetVictor).

The likelihood of a relatively high-scoring affair is reflected in bet365’s odds of 3/5 for the two teams to come up with at least three goals between them and at 7/2 courtesy of William Hill, the best bet to grab the first of those is Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine front man has struck five times in his six appearances against Spurs and as he has found the net in each of his last three outings, it’s perhaps not a surprise to see Aguero given an odds-on quote of 4/5 by betway to get on the scoresheet at any point.

Unbeaten Chelsea have won all but one of their seven matches and their solitary stalemate was a respectable one away to the champions so it’s perhaps not surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s side rated at just 2/5 by Stan James to overcome Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

However, the hosts have looked pretty solid of late and can definitely make the table-toppers work for the points so they could be worth an interest at 8/11 in Skybet’s handicaps, where they enjoy a two-goal start. Alternatively, Ladbrokes offer 13/5 about the visitors shading it by a solitary goal.

Liverpool’s start hasn’t been the best but they have a trio of winnable fixtures before hosting Chelsea and will be confident of getting back amongst the top four contenders sooner rather than later.

A televised trip to QPR is first on the agenda and the probable return of Daniel Sturridge – an eye-catching 4/1 (Paddy Power) to break the deadlock – can inspire the Reds to a Loftus Road triumph, an outcome Stan James price at 4/7.

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal (2/5, Stan James) should be too strong for Hull, William Hill make Manchester United 3/4 to make it three wins on the spin as they visit West Brom and BetVictor chalk 8/15 against faltering Everton getting back to winning ways against Aston Villa. A treble incorporating all three of those teams could pay at 11/4 (Ladbrokes).

Elsewhere, Paddy Power post 4/7 against Southampton, who entertain Sunderland, bet365 rate Leicester at 5/2 to snare a point at Newcastle and it’s 23/10 at Skybet to be inconclusive as Stoke face Swansea. Burnley finally, are 12/5 courtesy of Stan James to grab a share of the spoils at home to West Ham.

European Rugby Union returns this weekend with the Champions Cup, the competition that has effectively replaced the Heineken Cup and there are a host of televised matches for punters to get stuck into.

Some of the eye catching prices include BetVictor’s 10/11 for Northampton, aided by a two-point start, to overcome Racing Metro on Saturday, when Leicester (-3) are also worth an interest at 10/11 (Paddy Power) as they entertain Ulster.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, bet365 make Leinster 10/11 to overhaul Wasps’ dozen-point handicap advantage and Skybet price Ospreys identically to cover the 27-point cushion given to visiting Benetton Treviso.

Dallas Cowboys are just 1/3 ( to get the better of New York Giants in Sunday night’s televised NFL clash and Stan James rate them at 5/6 to cover a 6.5 point spread in the AT&T Stadium scrap.

Also on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts are 10/11 with Skybet to account for Cincinnati’s three-point leg-up and in the early hours of Monday, BetVictor rate Denver at 10/11 to defeat San Francisco by at least seven at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Bet of the week: Daniel Sturridge to score first – 4/1 (Paddy Power)

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