Stoke and Hughes on the brink after latest defeat

They’re still just outside of the bottom 3, but in Premier League Relegation Betting, Stoke City are now into third favourite after their latest calamity today.

Mark Hughes rested players against Chelsea to keep them fresh for today’s match with Newcastle, but the plan failed as Stoke lost a vital 6 pointer, 1-0 at home to Newcastle, and they are now looking like a side in desperate need of a lift.

Will that lift come in the way of a new manager? Maybe, Hughes is now practically unbackable in Sack Race Betting, at 1/9 with Paddy Power. And with the transfer window now opening, maybe now is the time Stoke’s owners might decide enough is enough.

In relegation betting, Stoke are now 9/2 with William Hill to be relegated, they are third favourites behind Swansea at 2/7, and West Brom at even money.

Latest Odds on Man City to go unbeaten in Premier League this season

They got away with a 0-0 draw away at Crystal Palace today, thanks mainly to goalkeeper Ederson’s injury time penalty save, after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have brought down Wilfried Zaha in the box. After all that, City are 14 points clear of second placed Chelsea, after 21 matches.

With a further 17 games to go, City can now be backed to go unbeaten in the Premier League this season at 9/2 with 10Bet.

10Bet Man City to go unbeaten odds
Man City 9/2 to go unbeaten

25/1 on Man City to beat Newcastle – New Betfair Customers Offer

Man City take on Newcastle at St James’ Park tonight, and Pep’s men will be looking to win their 18th Premier League match in a row, and extend their lead at the top of the table to 15 points.

Anybody opening a new Betfair account through this link can get a massive 25/1 on Man City to beat Newcastle. This is for new Betfair customers only, enhanced winnings are paid in free bets, and terms and conditions apply. The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, and the offer is available to 18+ only.

The normal Betfair odds on this match sees City at just 1/4 with Betfair to win. A Newcastle – home – win is 12/1, with the draw at 11/2. In Anytime Goalscorer Betting, City’s Sergio Aguero is the 4/6 favourite with Betfred. For Newcastle, Dwight Gayle is 3/1 to find the net at anytime.

Second in the table, Manchester United, dropped another 2 points on Boxing Day in the 2-2 home draw with Burnley, giving City the chance to extend their lead tonight. Yesterday’s 2-2 draw was their second in a row, and has now seen Jose Mourinho’s men drop 4 points in less than a week.

Chelsea 2/9 in Top 4 Finish Betting after 3-1 victory over Huddersfield

For all the doom and gloom surrounding Chelsea after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at West Ham, the 3 points they picked up by beating Huddersfield 3-1 at the John Smith’s tonight has seen them go level with Man Utd in joint second place.

The Blues dominated the match with 64% possession, and they had 12 shots (5 on target), compared to the hosts, who had 7 shots, with just 2 on target.

It now looks pretty obvious that the title race is over. In Premier League Betting, Chelsea are a massive 50/1, third favourites behind Man City and Man Utd. It’s in the Top 4 Finish Betting market, where the real battle seems to be taking place now.

Manchester City are already unbackable, meaning there are 5 teams in the running for the remaining 3 Champions League places (sorry Burnley fans, I’m counting Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs as the 5).

William Hill have Chelsea as 2/9 third favourites behind City and Man United. Jose’s men are a short looking 1/7, Liverpool are 1/2, with Arsenal and Spurs both at 6/4. Okay, Burnley are 250/1 with Skybet – they are as short as 25/1 with Hills, there I’ve given them a mention – and rightly so, as they are having an outstanding season.

Paul Clement odds on in Sack Race ahead of weekend fixtures

Ahead of the weekend’s football, Swansea’s Paul Clement is still the odds on favourite in the Next Manager To Leave His Position Betting.

Clement is currently 4/7 with both Betfair and Betvictor, with Mark Hughes the second favourite at 6/1 with Betvictor, with Southampton’s Mauricio Pellegrino at 8/1.

Clement’s Swansea side are at home to West Brom today, in a match that on paper at least, looks winnable for the Welsh side. Beating a stubborn West Brom isn’t easy, but it’s obviously a more attractive fixture than playing against Man City, or Liverpool in their current form.

If Swansea fail to win today, the pressure on Clement, and on the Swansea hierarchy to act, will surely be intolerable. The January transfer window is almost upon us, and it is already getting late in the day for a new manager to identify possible transfer targets.

Elsewhere today, West Ham are entertaining Chelsea in the lunch time fixture, with five 3pm kick offs, followed by Newcastle V Leicester at 5.30pm, so there are plenty of fixtures to choose from for your Saturday Accumulator Bet. Check out our Acca Insurance page to make sure you get your money back if one team in your acca bet lets you down.

33/1 on Liverpool to beat West Ham with Coral

Liverpool take on West Ham at the London Stadium later today, and they will be looking to heap further misery on Hammers’ boss Slaven Bilic, in the evening kick off (5.30pm).

There is a decent new customers offer from Coral, who are giving anybody opening a new account here a massive 33/1 on Liverpool to win. This is a new Coral customers only offer. Enhanced winnings are paid in free bets, T&C’s apply, and it’s an 18+ only offer. The offer ends at 5.30pm, on Saturday

The Hammers last night out at home seen them lose 3-0 to Brighton, in what was a disastrous result for Bilic, and seen him on the brink in Sack Race Betting.

Liverpool haven’t been too convincing either this season. They look impressive going forward, but they have been all over the place at the back at times. And with West Ham having Andy Carroll in their ranks, it could be a trying day for the Red’s defence.

A top 4 finish looks about the best Liverpool can hope for in the Premier League this season, they are currently 6/4 with 10Bet to achieve this.

Latest Carabao Cup Betting – City favourites

The Carabao Cup round of 16 is finished, and there with 4 of the Premier League big boys still involved, it makes for a mouth watering prospect.

Of the big 4 teams left, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are the favourites, at a best price of 11/5 with Ladbrokes. City struggled to get past Wolves on Tuesday, only winning on penalties, but despite that, the bookies still see them as the strongest team left in the competition.

Main rivals Manchester United are second favourites, currently at 16/5 with Bet365. United certainly can’t be discounted, Mourinho loves collecting trophies, and at this stage of the competition, he will be eyeing up another piece of silverware.

Mourinho also has a great record in the competition, having already won it 4 times with Chelsea (3 times) and Manchester United (once, last season).

Next in the betting come Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team, who after beating Everton 2-1 on Wednesday, are 7/2 to win the Carabao Cup with William Hill. Chelsea look off the pace in the league this season, so concentrating on the cups might suit them, making 7/2 look like decent value.

The final one of the big 4 teams in the betting is Arsenal. The Gunners are 6/1 with BetVictor. It’s probably harder to make a case for Arsenal, as in the past Wenger has tended to stick with his kids all throughout the competition, even playing them in 2 legged semi-finals in the past (back in the days when Jack Wilshere was a youth player).

As good as Arsenal’s youth players are, I can’t really see them giving the likes of Chelsea, City and United much difficulty. That said, if the draw is kind to them, they could still be in with a chance.

With the Carabao Cup over with for this week now, attention turns back to Premier League Betting this weekend, with Manchester United hosting Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm), the stand out fixture of the weekend.

Usual suspects likely to dominate in race for Premier League Golden Boot

Although the football season is still in its relative infancy, the Premier League table is already beginning to take shape, with the usual suspects all in the mix towards the top of the table and a few of the stragglers already looking set for a season-long battle against the drop.

As well as having a punt on individual games and betting on teams for the title and relegation, there’s never been a greater variety of Premier League bets available and with a myriad of free bets available too, you can even have a punt courtesy of the bookies. If you’re uncertain as to how they work, you can learn more here on this guide for Premier League free bets.

Whether using your own cash or a free bet, one of the most popular long-term markets for Premier League betting is that of predicting the Top Goalscorer (a.k.a. Golden Boot).

The reality is that the winner of the Golden Boot is likely to come from one of the leading title contenders. Not only do these teams, unsurprisingly, tend to score the most goals, but there also appears to be a growing void between the top half-a-dozen or so teams and the rest given some of the early season scores we’ve seen.

History is certainly a useful guide when it comes to picking a winner. Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons, having finished runner-up to Sergio Aguero in 2014-15, so he certainly has the requisite pedigree.

After his customary slow start in August, Harry Kane was soon finding the back of the net again and based on current form, the fact that he takes penalties and that he is just about a certain starter when fit, he’s a worthy favourite at a best price of around 2-1 (3.00) as things stand.

At present, the other leading contenders would appear to be Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Alvaro Morata and, perhaps, Alexandre Lacazette.

Lukaku proved his worth at Everton and has had little trouble adapting since moving to Old Trafford over the summer. With seven goals to his name, he currently leads the way, but Jose Mourinho could well be tempted to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic for certain league games once the Swedish legend returns to fitness if the Red Devils are challenging on several fronts.

Manchester City are currently rattling home Premier League goals at a heady rate of 3.625 goals per game and they have three players with a Minutes per Goal average of 80 or less. That’s hugely impressive. However, there is so much attacking talent at

Pep Guardiola’s disposal that backing any City player to be top goalscorer is a risky business, with nobody having a guaranteed starting berth and rotation being commonplace.

Injuries can always be a factor in individual markets, so that’s a factor that should certainly be taken into account when contemplating stakes for such football bets.