Thu, Dec 21, 3:06pm by Staff Writer
Rampant Premier League title favourites Manchester City are tipped to extend their British football record to 17 consecutive league wins when they host Bournemouth this weekend.
After trouncing Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 last week, City seemed mortal when they were forced into a penalty shootout before beating Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals midweek.
Bournemouth, meanwhile enters the match just point one above the drop zone in 16th spot and ahead of Stoke City only on goal difference.
City are unbeaten in 27 domestic matches and talk is even turning to the possibility of an unprecedented four major trophies for the season including the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League in the same season.
Although the City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his players after beating Leicester, he was quick to discount a quadruple.
“That is not going to happen. Of course not,” he said. “Come on, that isn’t real.”
One thing that is expected is a win over Bournemouth, with William Hill paying just $1.10 for a win, $19 for a loss and $10 for a draw.
Manchester City is in the middle of an unconvincing season as it attempts to keep up with its home-town rivals.
Second-placed United lost 2-1 to Bristol City to be eliminated from Cup contention Wednesday and will be looking to keep their EPL campaign alive when they travel to Leicester this week.
United beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 last week and will need another three points to fend off third-placed Chelsea.
United is on $1.80 to defeat Leicester and retain second place, with $4.40 for a loss and $3.60 for a draw.
Chelsea travels to a resurgent Everton looking to avoid an upset in its bid to challenge the lead.
Everton have looked a vastly improved team under new manager Sam Allardyce, moving from the relegation zone to ninth on the table in just a few weeks.
The Blues, meanwhile are in third spot with 38 points from 18 matches, and some upset losses among them.
Liverpool and Arsenal will decide fourth spot when they meet in London.
The Gunners are unbeaten in five games since a loss to Manchester United earlier this month, while Liverpool has only conceded just four goals in its last nine EPL matches.
Liverpool is enjoying a 12-game unbeaten streak and is hoping to continue run ahead of a busy run of fixtures.
The Gunners are slight favourites to win at home on $2.45, with $2.75 for Liverpool and $3.50 for a draw.
Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield downed Watford 4-1 last week and will be looking another three points at Southampton to put some distance between it and the relegation zone heading into the second half of the season.
Huddersfield is in 11th place, one ahead of Southampton, which lost 1-0 Chelsea last week.
The two teams have each won 2 of their last five encounters, with the previous match ending in a draw.
Although the pair appear to be evenly match, Huddersfield is paying a tempting $6 to win on the south coast, with $1.57 for Southampton and $3.80 for a draw.
Suggested Bet: Southampton and Huddersfield to draw: $3.80
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