This weekend’s Home Heroes has a very northern feel to it, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle all being trusted to get results over their ‘softer’ southern opponents.
Fulham are the visitors to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and should be put to the sword by Roberto Mancini’s champions, while off-form Norwich City should lose at on-form Liverpool and the Premier League’s worst travellers, Reading, visit the division’s most northerly outpost, where they have never avoided defeat in their history.
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Man City to beat Fulham @ 11/50
Manchester City to win at home is a failsafe for tipsters these days. City have only lost once in the league on their own patch since December 2010 and that was to Man Utd earlier this season.
They have won all but three of their home games so far, drawing with Arsenal and Everton as well as the defeat to their city rivals, and haven’t lost to Fulham for eight games, winning five of them.
Martin Jol’s side have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions and have only tasted victory twice on the road all season, losing six.
The champions should make light work of them again on Saturday.
(Read a full Man City v Fulham preview here)
Liverpool to beat Norwich @ 1/4
If this game had been played before Christmas during Norwich’s ten-match unbeaten run between October and December, then they might have gone to Anfield with expectation rather than hope.
Unfortunately for Chris Hughton’s side, they are winless in their last five Premier League games and have picked up just one point from a possible six in 2013.
On top of this, they have just one away win to their name this season and have lost six of their last seven meetings with Liverpool, picking up just a solitary point.
Brendan Rodgers’ side beat the Canaries 5-2 at Carrow Road earlier in the season and have won seven of their last ten games in all competitions. They were unlucky to lose at Old Trafford last Sunday but should return to winning ways again in this one.
Newcastle to beat Reading @ 7/10
Reading go into Saturday’s match with Newcastle on a high after their amazing comeback win against West Brom last weekend, but their away record is appalling and shows no sign of improving.
The Royals are yet to win a single Premier League game on their travels this season and have picked up a paltry two points from 11 games away from the Madejski Stadium so far.
To add to their woes, they have lost three of their last four matches against Newcastle and have lost every time they have ever played at St James’ Park in their history, conceding three or more goals on all but one occasion.
Newcastle might be having a poor season themselves but their record against the Royals should give them the confidence to see this one out.
(Read a full Newcastle v Reading preview here)