Sunday promises much as Premier League thrillers continue
After a thrilling day of Premier League football Saturday, Sunday promises even more as four of the Premier League's best teams clash.
To whet the appetite, Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium knowing a win will continue their pressure on cross-city rivals Manchester United, who site top of the league. Later, Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge hoping to rise into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
With William Hill - the home of betting, you will find over 150 markets both pre-match and in-play on both of these matches, as well as every Premier League clash this season.
When, in 2010, Spurs travelled to Manchester and beat out City to 4th spot in the Premier League and place in the next season's Champions League, things changed at the Etihad. By the season after, in a repeat fixture at the end of the season, City comfortably topped Spurs, and in fact ended up, on the last day of the season, securing 3rd spot ahead of Arsenal. The attitude of the squad was altered, and after some sensible, and some extravagant transfers, City were crowned champions last season.
This year has been more difficult for Roberto Mancini and his side, and after a goalless draw at Upton Park last weekend, they will be looking to get back on track at home against an out-of-sorts Spurs side. City have been experiencing trouble in continental competition, but have looked good domestically, with their wealth of attacking talent impressing. Last week represented the first Premier League in which they failed to score in this calendar year, and are unlikely to make it two in a row.
Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and David Silva all possess a constant threat going forward, and with the latter just returning from injury, City can be expected to exploit a weak Spurs defence, however it is Sergio Aguero who may have the key that unlocks the Spurs back line. Whilst their set-piece play is woeful, Tottenham tend to handle bigger bodies in and around the box, but this season have already been exploited by the trickery of players such as Denba Ba and Juan Mata, and Aguero possesses a great intricacy with the ball at his feet. So confident are we at William Hill that the diminutive Argentine will grab a goal, we have enhanced his price to score in a Manchester City win to 2/1. Bet now
Having said that, Spurs often step their game up when the face tougher opposition. For a long time, it was very much the opposite, and Tottenham often folded against a more powerful team, yet recent results and performances have suggested they are no longer the Tottenham of old, most notably a 3-2 win at Old Trafford. The delicate balance of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe up front has brought solid success in front of goal this season for the north London club, whilst Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele have chipped in with goals.
However, it has all too often been Gareth Bale that has sparked his side into action. His electrifying pace and accuracy with crosses have caused havoc in opposition penalty areas all season long, and Bale loves playing against Man City. Last season, the Welshman curled a magnificent striker up and over Joe Hart to commence Spurs' revival at the Etihad Stadium (although they were cruelly robbed in the dying moments). Bale is fancied again to score in, and in a Spurs win has been enhanced to 12/1. Bet now
Coverage of this game can be found on Sky Sports 1, and begins at 13:00, the match kicking off at 13:30.
Best Bet: Man City - 1 at 11/8
Worth a punt: Draw/Man City Double result at 7/2
Chelsea v Liverpool - Bet Now
When Roberto di Matteo saw his side throw away a 1-0 lead at Swansea last weekend, we can all count ourselves lucky that we weren't present in the Chelsea dressing room. The Italian manager, still only in his first full season at the club, will have been livid that his side lost two points in the manner in which they did, especially after humbling Spurs the week before at White Hart Lane.
Yet, after a late confidence boosting Victor Moses winner at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea will have prepared for this game in higher spirits, and know that whilst they can't return to the top of the Premier League with a win, it will maintain the pressure on Manchester United leading into a busy Christmas period. The importance for a strong Chelsea run now is enhanced as the African Cup of Nations is looming, and whilst their rivals will each lose players, Chelsea (without Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou) will maintain almost a full complement (losing only Moses and Mikel).
With that in mind, the visit of inconsistent Liverpool presents a great chance to take three points. Of course much of the attention will rest upon Fernando Torres, who has flown somewhat under the radar this season in Chelsea colours.
After floundering in his near two year Chelsea career, the Spaniard has picked up his game since August and has featured heavily for the team, and due to his former Liverpool connection, is the focus of William Hill's enhanced wincast, being bumped up to 3/1 to score in a Chelsea win. Bet now
Embroiled in many a controversy this season, Chelsea will almost be glad to see Luis Suarez rocking up in west London. The Uruguayan loves to make the headlines for whatever reason, but after one of the most technically astute goals you could wish to see last week, Brendan Rodgers would love to see his striker repeat that great form, which has been carried over from a great month. Siiting in 12th in the league, Liverpool have shown their weaknesses, and aren't likely to challenge for European football next season considering the form of their local rivals Everton, yet if they are break into the top 6, it may be on the back of Suarez, who has been enhanced to 6/1 to score in a Liverpool win. Bet now
Coverage of this game can be found on Sky Sports 1, and begins at 15:30, the match kicking off at 19:00.
Best Bet: Chelsea 2-1 at 15/2
Worth a punt: Cary Cahill to score first at 20/1
Chelsea v Liverpool - Bet Now