Manchester City to seal title against United, Firmino to torment Everton
No dice for the column in midweek with Edin Dzeko's consolation goal for Roma essentially scuppering a 10/1 winner at the Camp Nou. It's back to the Premier League we go this weekend though with a host of big games, and they don't come any bigger than Manchester City's derby clash with Manchester United.
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The Home Banker
The equation is simple. If Manchester City beat Manchester United on Saturday they'll win the Premier League title. It's always been a case of when, rather than if Pep Guardiola's men are crowned champions after a season of total domestic dominance and in a strange twist of fate it's the derby match that could see them seal the deal. A first half blitz by Liverpool on Wednesday leaves their Champions League dreams hanging by a thread so Guardiola may need to rally his troops for this one. But in reality they shouldn't take much encouraging. Jose Mourinho's team don't seem to have the form or mental fortitude to try and hammer City like Liverpool did, and it's worth remembering that the hosts are unbeaten in 27 Premier League home games having scored 51 times at the Etihad this season.
The Tasty Treble
Leicester City are unbeaten in four and look a solid shout at even money to beat Newcastle at the King Power. The Magpies have been grinding out some excellent results but have lost their last four in the league against the Foxes. At Stamford Bridge both teams to score looks decent at 21/20 when Chelsea face London rivals West Ham. The Blues are wobbling having lost five of their last seven in the league and goals should be on the agenda on Sunday. Both teams to score also looks a fair bet at 7/10 when Everton face Liverpool. Ordinarily the Reds would be clear favourites here but surely must now have one eye on that Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash at the Etihad. The treble with bet365 pays just shy of 6/1 and looks a cracker.
The Euro Wager
After his heroics in Turin it will be interesting to see if Cristiano Ronaldo starts in the Madrid derby on Sunday. Los Blancos have won just two of their last eight meetings with Atletico and this should be another close run thing. Gareth Bale has scored six goals in his last three starts for club and country and if he gets the nod he could be the bet to score first at the Bernabeu.
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The Wildcard Tip
Manchester City have won 14 home games on the spin since being held to a draw by Everton back in August and in truth have rarely looked troubled in the big games on their own patch. Sergio Aguero could return and 9/4 on them winning this by more then one goal looks mighty tempting.
The Bookie Basher
Roberto Firmino has bagged 14 Premier League goals for Liverpool this season and the slick Brazilian could be worth nibbling at 5/1 to score first in the Merseyside derby. Meanwhile, the evergreen Glenn Murray also looks a decent price at 4/1 to score first for Brighton against struggling Huddersfield. The Firmino -- Murray double is a 29/1 shout and looks well worth a punt.