Manchester City to seize second chance in title race
Over the course of the last two months, the upper hand in the Premier League title race has passed back and forth on an almost weekly basis with seemingly no one wanting to hang onto it for too long. A larger-scale Scott Sinclair, if you will.
Sinclair’s parent club Manchester City are currently odds-on favourites to win the league for the second time in three years, though Liverpool and Chelsea have also been shorter than evens to seal the deal.
Now City’s fate is once again in their own hands, though tomorrow’s trip to Everton is their toughest remaining test – their other remaining opponents, Aston Villa and West Ham, are both winless since March.
Everton win – 4.40
Manchester City win – 1.70
Draw – 3.75
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Everton are still in the race for Champions League qualification, and a win would keep the pressure on Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon. However recent defeats to Crystal Palace and Southampton mean Roberto Martinez’s side are likely to fall short.
They will crucially be without Gareth Barry for Saturday’s game, with the England international midfielder ineligible to play against his parent club. The Toffees have one only one of the five games in which Barry has not featured, and his absence could see Ross Barkley’s impact lessened if the 20-year-old is moved into a deeper role.
City, meanwhile, are stronger on paper than they have been for much of the season. Manuel Pellegrini’s hand has often been forced when it comes to selecting his front two, but with Sergio Agüero, Álvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetić and Edin Džeko all fit and available for selection, the Chilean has an embarrassment of riches.
The Sky Blues know all too well about throwing it away from a dominating position – after catching Manchester United in 2012 they famously needed two late goals on the final day of the season to record a title-clinching win over 10-man QPR – and a number of the current squad will be keen to ensure this year’s finish is far more comfortable.
Last week’s defeat at home to Chelsea felt like a body blow for Liverpool, and while there’s an outside chance of City slipping up in their final two games, Brendan Rodgers’ side will know their best hope of their first title in 24 years hangs on their fiercest rivals doing them a favour this weekend.
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Betting Instinct tip – With Pellegrini’s side scoring at least twice in each of their last five games, back City to win and score two or more goals, at 2.73 with GR88.com.
TOM VICTOR (editor) is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+.