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.

Alvaro Morata cut in top goalscorer betting after hat-trick

Despite scoring a hat-trick against Stoke on Saturday, and joining Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero at the top of the goalscoring charts on 6 goals, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata is still only 4th favourite in the Premier League Top Goalscorer Betting to win the Golden Boot this season.

Morata is still behind Lukaku at 11/4, Kane at 3/1, and Aguero at 7/2, currently coming in at a best price of 5/1 with Betvictor.

Despite both being on 5 goals, English duo Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling seem to be getting written off by punters, with bookies having the Leicester man (who missed a penalty on Saturday) at 20/1, and Man City’s Sterling out at a massive looking 66/1.

In all honesty, Morata could have had a couple more than the 3 he managed in the win over Stoke at the weekend, such was the amount of chances Chelsea created later on in the match.

The Spaniard seems to have settled in well at Stamford Bridge, and is already looking the part, making him a serious candidate to be the Premier League top scorer this season.

Man City Heavy Odds On Favourite For Title After Beating Everton

It was arguably Manchester City’s biggest obstacle in the title run in, but yesterday’s 3-2 defeat over Everton has seen Manchester City’s odds to win the title slashed.

Before yesterday, City were around 4/6 to win the league, they are now a best price of 2/7 with Coral to win their 2nd title in 3 years – most bookies have them at 1/4.

I’ve written before, and I’ll write it again, I believe City should have had this league wrapped up weeks ago – Jose Mourinho certainly would have done, if he had been Man City manager (and I say that as no fan of Mourinho).

Chelsea’s victory at Anfield last week gave Pellegrini another chance, and got him off a rather large hook. If he blows it again, I wouldn’t blame City if they got rid of him, as it would be a massive underachievement.

Liverpool are now out to a best price of 7/2 with Paddy Power (£50.00 Free Bet), they visit Crystal Palace on Monday night in what is almost a last gasp attempt to keep their Premier League hopes alive, hoping – I would imagine – that the Palace players are already on the beech.

If you like backing out and out long shots, Chelsea can be backed at 40/1 with Bet365 to sneak in the back door and snatch the title.

4th Place Finish Betting – Arsenal Still Favourites

Despite beating Arsenal with ease yesterday and putting the outcome of a Top 4 finish in their own hands, Everton still find themselves comfortably in second place when it comes to the betting for a Top 4 finish.

Arsenal still hold 4th place ahead of Everton, but only by 1 point, and Everton have a game in hand along with – maybe more crucially – a better goal difference (Everton are +21, Arsenal are +16).

All these hammerings Arsenal have taken against their main title rivals (originally), and now Top 4 rivals, could well come back to haunt them.

A five goals swing in Everton’s favour at this stage of the season could be very crucial, and shows just how bad Arsenal were yesterday, as just one goal back for them would have seen the goal difference gap close by two goals.

Despite all this, the bookies still have Arsenal as favourites to claim 4th place. They are odds on everywhere, and the 4/6 available with William Hill and BetVictor is the best price around at the moment.

Everton are obviously odds against, and the 8/5 with Ladbrokes is the stand out price on the Toffeemen making the top 4. If you are an eternal optimist, Man Utd are 33/1 and Tottenham are 50/1.

Everton still have to host both Manchester United and City in the run in, while the Gunners have now finished their daunting run of matches, and have a relatively easier looking run in – this is no doubt part of the reason why Everton are regarded as the outsiders.

That said, Everton are the form side, while Arsenal looked pretty toothless yesterday and also have a lot of injuries to contend with.

Can Everton be trusted to keep up this form though? They are inexperienced in this type of run in, while Arsenal regularly leave it this late to secure Champions League football, and therefore know what to do in these situations.

There are pros and cons in both camps, but on the whole I can see why Arsenal have maintained favouritism in this market.

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Latest Premier League Betting – City Even Money Favourites

Last night seen Manchester City take a giant leap in their pursuit of their second title in 3 years. Sometimes a win means more than just the 3 points you get, and last night’s 3-0 victory at Old Trafford was one of those results.

By winning last night, City not only overcame a tricky match in which 3 points were far from guaranteed, they also sent out a message to Chelsea that they are well up for this fight.

City are now only 3 points behind Chelsea, with 2 games in hand, and a 13 goal better goal difference – all this sees them as favourites in the betting at a best price of Even money with Coral (they are 5/6, 10/11 with most other bookies).

City still have a lot of work to do, and they have to visit the Emirates on Saturday – and despite what anybody says, they can’t take this fixture lightly. Chelsea are away at Crystal Palace on the same day, so it could all change again this weekend. Chelsea are a best price of 12/5 with Skybet (£30.00 Free Bet Available).

Onto Liverpool, and the countries form team are now into a best price of 7/2 with William Hill. They entertain Sunderland at Anfield tonight, where a win will take them back up to second in the table, 1 point behind Chelsea with the same number of matches played.

Liverpool are well regarded as the third team in this – now – 3 horse race, but the form they are currently in, they can beat anybody at the moment. Both City and Chelsea have to visit Anfield this season, but will Liverpool be able to continue this remarkable run throughout the rest of March, all through April, and into May?

That is a big ask, but when you look at it another way it is only another 8 matches, and Liverpool have had no European distractions, so in theory should be the fresher team.

Whatever perspective you look at it from though, the remainder of the season is unlikely to pan out in the way we expect it too. There will probably be plenty more twists and turns in this so far very entertaining and exciting Premier League season.

Premier League Winner Odds – Liverpool Odds Shorten

Without kicking a ball, Manchester City find themselves back at the top of the Premier League betting, after both Arsenal and Chelsea slipped up in their midweek fixtures. City are now 6/5 favourites with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bet Available To New Customers).

I suppose the big losers in a way are Chelsea (despite still being top), they must really regard a 1-1 draw away at West Brom as 2 points dropped, and by all accounts, it nearly ended up with all 3 points dropped.

But how can I, or anyone, say they have mucked up, they are still top for goodness sake! And even if City win their game in hand, they will only draw level with Chelsea. Chelsea are a best price of 17/10 with Paddy Power.

Most observers would say that Arsenal have had a bad run lately (dropping 5 points in their last two fixtures, albeit tricky ones), and yet they are still only 1 point off the top of the Premier League, and 2 ahead of City (having played a game more).

Arsenal are now 10/1 fourth favourites with BetVictor.

And while the top 3 have been dropping points, Liverpool have dragged themselves back into contention.

Although Liverpool were expected to beat Fulham, the manner of their victory must be pleasing to Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool had to fight to the end, and they came from behind twice, although the flip side to that is that they can’t keep gifting the opposition sloppy goals, as it will catch them out soon. And Liverpool can’t afford any more stupid slip ups if they want to have a chance of winning the league.

The best odds on Liverpool winning the title is 17/2 with Boyelsports, they were 14/1 prior to the latest round of fixtures.

Liverpool are now only 4 points behind Chelsea, and have no European distractions, so I’d take them seriously.

The league looks like it could go right down to the wire this season, and coming into the last 3 or 4 matches, it could simply be who handles the pressure the best.

I did think it was City’s to lose, but over the last couple of weeks, I can’t help but feel that if Manchester City had Jose Mourinho in charge, this league would be over. City have the best squad (by a mile), and although they have a decent manage in Pellegrini, I don’t think he is anywhere near the best manager in the league.

If it does come down to who can handle the pressure the best, then Chelsea have the best man in the dug out to deal with that situation.

Chelsea in to 5/2 after United drubbing

It’s a case of ‘as you were’ at the top of the Premier League following the latest round of fixtures last weekend.

Despite Chelsea facing Manchester United, they were all pretty much routine victories as expected from the current big three, which gives us an indication of just how far David Moyes’ team have fallen behind this season.

Chelsea’s comprehensive victory did actually see their odds cut from 7/2 to 5/2 with Betfred, but they only really drifted because Manchester City and Arsenal already had their respective 3 points in the bank.

It’s that stage of the season where the big players start to turn the screw and knuckle down to the job in hand, and you get the feeling that Manchester City and Chelsea seem to be upping their games now and really mean business.

Although they are still clinging to that top spot, the punters and bookmakers still don’t make Arsenal favourites, it’s as if everybody is waiting for them to crack, and so far they haven’t.

As I stated above though, you do feel that City and Chelsea have cranked up the pressure somewhat lately, and Arsenal have had a couple of less than convincing home wins this month, with last Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Fulham, and the win over Cardiff by the same scoreline – with two very late goals – on New Year’s Day.

The punters seem to think either this team will crack under the pressure currently being exerted by City and Chelsea, or they aren’t convinced by the apparent lack of depth in the Gunners’ squad, with Wenger seemingly reluctant to buy some back up for Olivier Giroud – preferring to instead rely on Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner.

Or it could be that the punters simply don’t believe in Arsenal for a combination of both.

Either way, Arsene Wenger’s team are still only 3rd favourites with the bookmakers, Betfred currently make Manchester City favourites at 11/10, Chelsea are 5/2 and Arsenal are 7/2.

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Latest Premier League Betting – City still favourites

Liverpool have been the big losers in the betting over the last couple of weeks in the race for the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ team are now out to 10/1 with Bet365 after recent defeats away to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Despite the fact Arsenal are top going into the new year, and the team leading at this stage of the season has won the league 8 out of the last 9 years, they are still not favourites to win the title. They are only joint second favourites, and even third in the betting with a lot of bookmakers.

This shows there are still plenty of doubters of Arsene Wenger’s team. They have just ground out a great result away at Newcastle, a result that was more down to grit and determination (rather than free flowing football on the immaculate Emirates deck), something the Gunners have regularly been criticised for not doing in the past.

Arsenal are now a best price of 9/2 with Coral (who have a £50.00 free bet for new customers).

Chelsea showed what they are capable of at Stamford Bridge yesterday. They were challenged by Liverpool, and they came through a tough examination. Despite this, inconsistency still looks Chelsea’s biggest foe, as results like the recent defeat away at Stoke highlight.

Even with all this inconsistency, Chelsea are still only 2 points behind Arsenal, and are a best price of 4/1 to win the league with a whole host of bookies.

Liverpool again, just came up short against one of their major rivals. The difference between this Liverpool team and some recent vintages though, is that they beat the teams they are expected to beat. It’s not too often this season that Rodger’s team haven’t despatched the teams from the lower echelons of the Premier League, unlike recent Liverpool teams.

For this reason, I wouldn’t be too down hearted if I were a Liverpool fan. Although they are clearly not the strongest team in the league, if they keep beating the lessor teams, they can still be in the mix come the business end of the season – when anything’s possible.

Onto Manchester United, and although I stupidly wrote David Moyes’ team off in my article at the start of December, I still proceeded to have a silly fiver on them on Betfair at 22/1 a couple of weeks ago.

To be fair that was more for reasons of football trading, than a genuine belief they could win the title. But they have since proceeded to go on a good run, and who knows who they might pick up in the January transfer window. After all, United are only two or three top class players away from being a decent side again.

Are United now back in the title race though? They are now 8 points behind leaders Arsenal, which I could possibly see them making up if they hit form in the second half of the season. It’s the 7 point gap to Manchester City that I see as the major problem.

City for once struggled a bit at home in their last fixture against Crystal Palace. I suppose they can’t hammer everyone at the Etihad Stadium, even Palace. Based mainly on the size and quality of their squad, City are still favourites, at a stand out best price of 23/20 with Boylesports, they are Evens pretty much everywhere else.

Right time to back Man City for Premier League title?

Is now the right time to back Manchester City for the Premier League title?

The 7/4 currently on offer with Bet365 for City to win the league probably won’t return in a hurry – if at all – if Pellegrini’s side demolish Arsenal tomorrow, which they may well do.

The Champions League is gone for a few weeks now, and I believe that the competition had been effecting City in some of the away fixtures that fell around the time of Champions League weeks.

Containment seemed to be Pellegrini’s game plan, rather than sending his team out to win. City’s last two away games have seen a 3-2 victory over West Brom, and a 1-1 draw away at Southampton. Personally I think the Southampton match was a point gained.

If City can sort their away form out, I think that most punters would expect them to win the league. Their home form has been imperious. They are yet to drop a point at the Etihad Stadium, winning seven from seven. While Arsenal have the best away record in the top flight (5/1/1)

If City beat Arsenal on Saturday, their price will disappear. They are already favourites while 6 points behind the Gunners. So if you fancy City, now could well be the time to get on.

Bet365 have Manchester City at 4/5 to win the Saturday dinner time kick off. The Draw is 3/1 and Arsenal are 7/2. The Bet365 Bore Draw Refund also applies to this match.