Fri, Sep 22, 12:53pm by Staff Writer
Manchester City has a chance of pulling away from their cross-town rivals Manchester United this week as the pair enter the sixth round of the Premier League level on point atop the ladder.
City and United are inseparable on points and goal difference, but a home fixture against bottom-placed Crystal Palace is tipped to see the pre-season favourites take a clear lead on the ladder.
Pep Guardiola’s side demolished Watford 6-0 in a game that featured a Sergio Aguero hat trick.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson, meanwhile watched his team go down 1-0 to Southampton last week in his first match in charge since taking over from Frank de Boer.
William Hill is paying just $1.19 for City to see off Palace, with a whopping $19 for an unlikely loss and $7.50 for a draw.
United is the favourite in its match, but a win at Southampton is no certainty.
While United is unbeaten so far this season, Mauricio Pellegrini’s Southampton has two wins and two draws to its name will look to capitalise on the absence of injured Paul Pogba.
At $1.72 for the win, United is expected to maintain its clean sheet, but the $4.80 on offer for a Southampton upset will prove tempting for many.
If any team has done as much to surprise the pundits as Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield this season it’s Burnley.
Both sides are on eight points heading into their matchup this week, and while Burnley is the bookie’s favourite, Huddersfield is specialising in upsets.
Huddersfield coach David Wagner was singing Mooy’s praises this week after the Socceroo was named Australian footballer of the year, saying he had “adapted to Premier League football straight away and he has put his stamp on Huddersfield Town.”
While Burnley is paying $2.15 for the win this week, Australian punters will be chasing the $3.60 for Huddersfield, with $3.20 for a draw.
Third-placed Chelsea will be looking to make amends for its lacklustre, scoreless draw against Arsenal last week when it takes on Stoke.
The defending champions conceded premiership points for the first time since an opening loss to Burnley, but should make the most its chances against the 13-placed side.
Chelsea is the $1.61 favourite to get its EPL defence back on track at Stoke, with $5.50 for a loss and $3.80 for a draw.
Tottenham looked impressive in its 3-0 win over Everton last week and should take the points when it heads to West Ham.
But while fifth-placed Spurs are tipped to take the win, West Ham has history on its side after winning three of its past four home EPL matches against Tottenham.
West Ham is paying $5.50 to take the win and claim three straight home wins against Spurs for only the second time, while Tottenham is paying $1.60 with $4 for a draw.
Newcastle is in a surprising fourth spot on the ladder and its trip to Brighton should be entertaining.
With Brighton paying $2.70 to Newcastle’s $2.80, the bookies are expecting a close encounter.
Suggested Bet: Take United and Chelsea to win: $3.33
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