Fri, Nov 3, 1:42pm by Staff Writer
A big weekend looms for the Manchester clubs as Premier League-leading City hosts Arsenal and second-placed United travels to defending champion Chelsea.
Fourth-placed Chelsea is nine points adrift of City after 10 matches and is facing a crisis of confidence in its title defence after losing 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League this week.
United downed Benefica 2-0 earlier this week, but have won just one of their last 15 trips to Stamford Bridge – that victory coming against a nine-man side.
United manager Jose Mourinho has faced his former side Chelsea five previous occasions – winning twice with Inter Milan and claiming one of three encounters last season with Manchester.
Fifth-placed Arsenal has shown skill and determination by climbing up the table after a horror start to9 the season and coming from behind in their last two EPL games to pick up six points.
That impressive climb is expected to end this week when Arsene Wenger’s men meet Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable City side.
City have played 16 matches in all competitions this season, winning 15 and drawing one with a remarkable 49 goals.
The team’s most recent win came at Napoli this week where a 4-2 victory sent it into the knockout stage of the Champions League.
After a demoralising 2016/17 season, the Gunners won just two of their first five games their current campaign before finding some form in recent weeks.
That form will be sorely tested this week, with City on just $1.44 to remain undefeated, with $6.50 for Arsenal.
Tottenham, meanwhile, could claim a share of second spot with a lopsided clash against last-placed Crystal Palace in the offing.
Spurs is brimming with confidence after trouncing Real Madrid 3-1 during the week and would seem a sure bet to down their underperforming fellow Londoners.
But that win came at a cost, with centre-back Toby Alderweireld ruled out after limping off during match and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris apparently sidelined for weeks after taking a knock.
Regardless, Spurs are paying a miserly $1.25 to claim the home win, with a whopping $11 for Palace and $6 for a draw.
Liverpool is clinging to the leaders in sixth spot and is in line for three points when it travels to West Ham.
The Reds downed Maribor in the Champions League this week and downed Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield in the EPL last round.
Liverpool is on $1.61 to win this week, with $5 for 16th-placed West Ham and $4.20 for a draw.
Huddersfield’s 3-0 loss consigned it to 13th spot, but a better outcome is expected when it hosts 15th-placed West Bromwich Albion.
Newly-promoted Huddersfield has earned eight points from five matches at its John Smith’s Stadium, including a 2-1 upset victory over Manchester United last month.
William Hill is paying $2.60 for the side to edge West Brom, with $3 for a loss.
Suggested Bet: Take United and Chelsea to draw: $3.10
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