Last week was one to forget for Manchester City, who saw their title hopes dealt a major blow, but they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend as they travel to Southampton, while trips to Sunderland and Stoke City could prove fruitful for Arsenal and Reading respectively.
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Man City to beat Southampton @ 57/100
Anything other than a win for City on Saturday could all but end their bid to retain the Premier League title following successive draws against QPR and Liverpool which have seen the gap between themselves and leaders Manchester United stretch to nine points.
Just 13 league matches remain before this weekend and with United at home to Everton on Sunday, City have the chance to put pressure on their neighbours with a victory at St Mary’s in a match that, on paper, they should be winning comfortably.
Roberto Mancini’s men were given a scare by the Saints on the opening weekend of the season as they found themselves 2-1 down with 20 minutes remaining, before battling back to emerge 3-2 victors following Samir Nasri’s winner ten minutes from time.
The Saints have the potential to cause an upset, but with just one win in nine Premier League outings, which sees them sit three places and three points above the bottom three, their visit to the Etihad Stadium provides the perfect opportunity for City to get back to winning ways.
City have the tightest defence in the league, recording 11 clean sheets and conceding just 21 goals in 25 games, and if they can keep things tight at the back, they should have enough quality to overcome a side that haven’t been known for their tendency to put 11 men behind the ball in a bid to grind out a result.
Arsenal to beat Sunderland @ 17/20
Still in the FA Cup and the Champions League, this season may well end in spectacular fashion for Arsenal, despite the very realistic possibility that they could finish outside the top four for the first time since Arsene Wenger arrived at the club.
However, while success in the domestic trophy isn’t beyond reach, a last-16 tie against Bayern Munich in Europe is a huge obstacle for the Gunners to overcome, with a top-four place looking the most feasible route back into the competition next season.
Next up for Wenger’s men is a trip to Sunderland, who held the Gunners to a goalless draw on the opening day of the campaign but have had an inconsistent season and currently occupy 12th position with a record of seven wins, eight draws and ten defeats.
The Gunners head into the game on the back of two wins and a draw, the last a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Stoke at the weekend as they look to close the four-point gap between themselves and Tottenham in the final Champions League qualification place.
Martin O’Neill’s side have picked up just one point from the last six available, drawing 0-0 at home to Swansea, before going down 2-1 away at Reading on Saturday, so Arsenal will enter the game confident they can return to north London with maximum points.
Reading to beat Stoke @ 333/100
It’s been a great few weeks for Brian McDermott and his Reading side, who have done their survival bid the world of good by picking up a draw and three wins from their last four league matches, lifting them two points clear of the drop zone.
One of the reasons for the club’s upturn in fortunes has been the goalscoring exploits of forward Adam Le Fondre, whose five goals in four matches saw him named Player of the Month for January, while McDermott picked up the Manager of the Month award.
The Royals will be aiming to make it back-to-back victories this weekend and also successive away wins when they travel to face a Stoke side that are without a win in six and have secured maximum points just once in their last ten league encounters.
Tony Pulis’ men threw away a two-goal lead in their last match at the Britannia Stadium as Wigan Athletic fought back to secure a 2-2 draw 24 hours after Le Fondre bagged a late brace as Reading came from two goals down with five minutes remaining to snatch a point at home to Chelsea.
Only Aston Villa and QPR have scored fewer goals than the Potters, who have notched just 24 in total, and taking into account the form of the two sides, backing Reading to follow up Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Sunderland looks a value play.