Fri, Mar 2, 2:05am by Staff Writer
Manchester City can dent the hopes of two final-four aspirants this week as the Premier League leaders play two big matches in just four days.
City, who hold a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead atop the table, heads to Arsenal on Friday to complete the 29th round, before hosting Chelsea on Monday.
The sixth-placed Gunners will look to avoid a repeat of last week’s League Cup final against City, which the Manchester side comfortably won 3-0.
Arsenal has won just twice in its last seven EPL matches, while City can become the first team to beat the Gunners three times in the same season since Chelsea in 2005-06.
Sportsbet is paying $1.72 for City to claim its 24th win of the season, with $4.50 for Arsenal and $4 for a draw.
Fifth-placed Chelsea has dropped outside the top-four after losing three of its last four matches and a trip to Manchester is the last thing it needs to restore its fortunes.
The defending champions defeated City 3-1 in Manchester last year, but the two teams’ situations are very much reversed this season.
City will take a big jump toward their goal of claiming the Premiership with a win over the Blues, with $1.53 on offer for them to take the points, $5 for a loss and $3.75 for a draw.
Manchester United must beat Crystal Palace in London on Tuesday to retain its second-place position.
The 17th-placed Palace suffered a late 1-0 home loss against Tottenham last week and desperately need some points to avoid relegation.
United, meanwhile, rallied for a 2-1 home win over Chelsea and is paying just $1.50 to go ahead again this week. Palace is on $6 for the upset with $3.75 for a draw.
Liverpool is just two points behind City and are heavy favourites to defeat relegation-threatened Newcastle.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last four EPL matches and also have a 5-0 Champions League victory over Porto under their belts heading into the match at Anfield.
Liverpool is on an unbackable $1.17 to claim the win, with a massive $13 for the Magpies and $6.50 for a draw.
Socceroo Aaron Mooy will be watching from the sidelines when 17th-placed Huddersfield travels to London to take on Tottenham.
Spurs are riding a 16-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, while Huddersfield is struggling to string two wins together and is desperately trying to extend its Premier League stay beyond one season.
Mooy has missed the last two matches while recovering from a cut and infected knee suffered in Huddersfield’s 4-1 home win over Bournemouth.
Huddersfield is on an unlikely $17 to beat Spurs, with just $1.14 for a loss and $7 for a draw.
Arsenal will back up its meeting with Manchester City with a less testing encounter at Brighton on Monday.
While the Gunners have the big names and should outmuscle the Seagulls, Southampton will be no pushover after going unbeaten in its last four EPL matches.
Arsenal is the $1.72 favourite to win, with $4 for Southampton and $3 for a draw.
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