Chelsea Vs Manchester City
Sunday 27th October 2013: 4pm
Looking at both of these squads, it’s no wonder that these two have been tipped to be at the top come the end of the season, despite Arsenal’s early form. They bought well and added depth to every area. The question is though, can they learn to play together and take on board their managers’ methods quickly enough to mount a sustained title challenge.
In the absence of any other competitors, it might not even matter.
Home comforts to help Mourinho
The odds for this one are tight, and rightly so, but Chelsea’s home advantage means they will start the match as slight favourites on Sunday. The Chelsea win is 7/5 with BetVictor, while Bet365 have City at 9/4 to take home the three points. The draw is5/2 with Betfred.
For our money, we like the look of the VERY narrow Chelsea 2-1 win. Make no bones about it, this game will be a cagey affair between two wily and tactically-astute managers. But Chelsea’s home advantage may just give them the edge in this encounter. The Chelsea 2-1 win is a big 8/1 with Ladbrokes, which is well worth taking advantage of.
Rampant Aguero looks to cause trouble
He has been in fine form this season, and Sergio Aguero will definitely be a thorn in Chelsea’s side all game. We fancy him to add to his goal tally against the Blues. With Edin Dzeko misfiring and Alvaro Negredo still trying to blend into the team, Aguero will likely be City’s focal attacking point. He is 2/1 with Stan James for Anytime Goalscorer on Sunday.
For Chelsea, one of their form men, Eden Hazard, looks a great bet for Anytime Assist. The Belgian will be looking to trouble City’s somewhat shaky back-line, and if he gets in behind expect him to deliver some guilt-edged chances for the home team. Coral have Hazard at 3/1 for Anytime Assist.
First half draw doesn’t mean first half bore
Given it will be a tight game, we fancy a draw at half-time to turn into a Chelsea win at the final whistle. Luckily, SkyBet have Half-Time/Full-Time of Draw/Chelsea at a very decent 9/2. We don’t think the first half will be a boring one however, so at least if it doesn’t come through you’ll have some good football to take your mind off it.
What am I saying? OF COURSE it’s going to come through!
Sunderland vs Newcastle
Sunday 27th October 2013: 1:30pm
The first game of Super Sunday should be a good watch as well: the North-East derby always throws up a few surprises, none-least last season’s mad 3-0 to Sunderland scoreline which was ‘masterminded’ by Paolo Di Canio.
But the hot-headed Italian is out, and Gus Poyet is in, but Sunderland still look woeful. This could be another whitewash, but to the white-and-black side of the rivalry this time.
Magpies to deliver solid, if not shiny, win
Sunderland may be the home team, but their woeful form means they’re not favourites for this one. The Black Cats are 7/4 with Coral to record their first win of the campaign on Sunday, while Newcastle are 13/8 with Betfred. The draw is 12/5 with Betfred as well.
A nice, solid 2-0 win to Newcastle looks good to us, and luckily, it’s VERY nicely priced at 14/1 with Bet365 as well. Sunderland have looked toothless this campaign, and this trend may well continue past Sunday.
Loic the Remy-dy to Newcastle’s goal problem
Given Papiss Cisse was playing like a man who had never seen a football pitch before last season, the fact that Loic Remy has arrived on Tyneside must feel like a blessing to Newcastle fans. The burly frontman looks like a shrewd acquisition, and we fancy him to continue his great form against a poor Sunderland backline on Sunday. Coral have him at 6/1 for First Goalscorer.
Betfair also have a great market on the Away Team to Win Both Halves, which is 84/13 and looks great value.
Finally, BetVictor’s price of 2/1 on their being a sending-off in the match looks great as well: it’s a local derby so tensions will be high.
Also, Lee Cattermole might be playing.
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Sam publishes regular feature and tips pieces for Howtobet4free. He has a blog, crackingjabulanis.blogspot.co.uk, and can be found on Twitter by following @Gaytski.