City should maintain their title bid on Boxing Day

Sam Allardyce's West Ham will be aiming to upset the odds when they go to Chelsea on Boxing Day
Sam Allardyce's West Ham will be aiming to upset the odds when they go to Chelsea on Boxing Day

Rejuvenated Manchester City have won eight matches on the spin in all competitions and as six of those successes came in the Premier League, their title defence in firmly back on track.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now 23/10 with Paddy Power to retain the Premier League trophy and they’re odds-on at 8/15 (Ladbrokes) to enhance their chances in that department by picking up another three-point haul as they travel to struggling West Brom on Boxing Day.

The Baggies threw away a two-goal lead at QPR last time out and have lost five of their previous seven matches so they’re easy to oppose at the Hawthorns, where City are 31/20 courtesy of BetVictor to rack up a fourth consecutive league triumph ‘to nil’.

More specifically, the same firm quote 15/2 about a 2-0 away success, bet365 chalk Pellegrini’s troops are 13/10 to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half and in the handicaps are 7/5 (Stan James) when kicking off a goal in arrears.

City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero remains sidelined with knee ligament damage but his team mates made light of his absence by firing three past Crystal Palace at the weekend. Yaya Toure was on target in that one and as his side’s designated penalty taker the Ivorian is the value pick in bet365’s first scorer betting at 6/1.

League leaders Chelsea host an in-form West Ham side but aided by home advantage, the Blues look a relatively safe bet at 4/11 (Ladbrokes) to check the Hammers’ progress at Stamford Bridge. Nevertheless, Sam Allardyce’s side can ensure it’s a relatively close encounter so a case can be made for a Chelsea triumph by one at 13/5 via Stan James.

In a match that’s even money at betway to see both teams get on the scoresheet, BetVictor mark 9/1 against a 2-1 home success and they also offer the best odds, 10/3, for a Diego Costa opener.

Manchester United’s run of victories came to an end as they shared the spoils at Aston Villa last time out but they look a banker at 2/5 courtesy of Paddy Power to get back to winning ways as they welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford.

Skybet quote 6/4 about Louis van Gaal’s side defeating the Magpies ‘to nil’ and a 2-0 success for United is 15/2 at BetVictor. Meanwhile, Arsenal are 3/10 (Stan James) to get the better of travel-sick QPR at the Emirates Stadium and they combine with Manchester United and Chelsea in a treble at 6/4 with Stan James.

At Turf Moor, bet365 rate Liverpool at 5/6 to build on Sunday’s dramatic draw with Arsenal by overcoming Burnley and also set for an away victory are Tottenham (21/20, Skybet), who travel to rock-bottom Leicester City.

At Selhurst Park, post 12/5 against Crystal Palace and Southampton sharing the spoils and it could also be all square (12/5, bet365) on Wearside, where Sunderland tackle Hull.

Finally, Ladbrokes price Swansea at 4/5 to send Aston Villa home empty-handed and Stan James go 4/5 about Everton getting the better of Stoke at Goodison Park.

In the NFL on Sunday, bet365’s 13/5 Superbowl favourites Seattle should ease past St Louis Rams and bookies agree, Paddy Power pricing the hosts at evens to cover a 13-point spread.

Also evens in the handicaps, this time at BetVictor, are the Seahawks’ main title rivals New England, who start 10.5 points behind Buffalo.

Elsewhere, betway give Green Bay just 7.5 points to overhaul at even money as they entertain Detroit while Washington benefit from a 6.5-point cushion at home to Dallas Cowboys.

Bet of the week: Arsenal, Chelsea & Man Utd treble – 6/4 (Stan James).

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