Man City favoured to grasp the Premier League trophy this evening!

Man City are favourites to lift the Premier League trophy once again after Liverpool's draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night

Man City are favourites to lift the Premier League trophy once again after Liverpool’s draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night

On paper it is a simple task for Manchester City to claim the 2013/14 Premier League trophy and become the champions for the second time in three years as they have to face Aston Villa and West Ham at the Etihad Stadium in their final pair of matches that, if won, will see them crowned kings of England, completing a Capital One Cup and league double. They start by welcoming the Midlanders to the blue half of Manchester this evening knowing that, thanks to Liverpool’s late concession of three goals to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace on Monday night (something that cost me a winning bet – thanks Liverpool!), victory will see them two points clear going into the final round of matches this weekend. Can they thrive in the pressure where Liverpool failed so miserably?

Manchester City v Aston Villa Match Odds:

Man City Victory – 1.15

Draw – 8.40

Villa Victory – 16.00

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

After 17 home matches this season, City sit second in the home league table second only to Chelsea who have already completed their quota of matches at Stamford Bridge. City have two games in front of the cheering masses at the Etihad Stadium to make up two points on Jose Mourinho’s Londoners and having bagged 57 league goals this season, at an average of more than three a match, they will certainly be confident of victory this evening and to tighten their grasp on the Premier League trophy.

Villa have not had too bad of a season away from Villa Park during the 2013/14 season as they have collected 17 points from four wins and five draws – while also losing eight games – but with them averaging just a single goal per away match this season they could very well be in trouble at the Etihad this evening. They are safe from relegation, with their 3-1 win over FA Cup finalists Hull City at the weekend seeing them edge past the point that they could be reached by Norwich, but how will they react to this? Can they kick onwards or will they cruise through the final two games safe in the knowledge they have pulled it out of the fire?

I personally feel that the Villa players will feel that they have given their all during the season to ensure their safety and with this secured, as well as having lost six games in a row at the Etihad in Premier League action, they may not be as motivated for this game tonight as they may have been if they were not assured of another season in the top flight. City have certainly got more to play for tonight and I see them cruising past the floundering Midlanders on home soil tonight.

Back Manchester City to beat Aston Villa by at least three goals (City -2.5) @ 2.10 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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Can Sunderland continue their fine form against Man City this midweek?

Phil Bardsley scores the winner in the 1-0 win for Sunderland earlier this season

Phil Bardsley scores the winner in the 1-0 win for Sunderland earlier this season

While the big match and major talking point in the Premier League in this round of midweek games is the Arsenal v Manchester United match at The Emirates, there is an equally interesting game happening at The Etihad Stadium this Wednesday.

City are impressive in front of their own fans this season, with 11 wins in 12 Premier League matches and they have lost only to Chelsea and Bayern Munich winning here in all competitions, but they are facing one of their bogey teams in Sunderland. City have managed just two wins in eight meetings with Gus Poyet’s men, while Sunderland have won four and drawn two of the other six. Can they increase that amount this midweek?

GR88.com see the City home record this season being more pertinent than the recent history of matches between them and Sunderland.

Manchester City v Sunderland Odds:

Manchester City – 1.18

Draw – 7.00

Sunderland – 16.50

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

City may have a fantastic record of 11 wins from 12 Premier League games at The Etihad Stadium and 17 wins in 19 home games in all competitions this season, but they come into this game with Sunderland having failed to score in two games thanks to a 1-0 home loss to Chelsea being followed by a weekend 0-0 draw at Carrow Road. However, I do not expect this lack of goals to last too long as they have 72 goals in their games at home this season and their 68 Premier League goals in their 25 matches has them as the division’s top scorers.

Sunderland will take heart from three clean sheets in their last four matches, although they were beaten 2-0 at home by Hull at the weekend, and the fact that they have won both of their last two matches with City in the Premier League. Both of these wins came at the Stadium of Light and the hosts kept clean sheets in both 1-0 wins and despite losing 3-0 at The Etihad Stadium last season they were not outplayed, bar in front of goal, and they will feel that they can challenge at one of the toughest places to come in the Premier League.

As well as their belief, Sunderland have an unbeaten run of six matches away from home before today, winning three and drawing three, with them keeping four clean sheets during this time. I’m not confident of Sunderland getting something from this match on Wednesday evening, but I can certainly see them challenging City and I can see them covering the +2 goal handicap that GR88.com have placed on this match. Even if they are beaten I do not see City winning by at least three goals and, as such, I’m putting my cash on the visitors to impress in this Manchester City v Sunderland game and continue their reputation as City’s bogey team.

Back Sunderland +2 goals at The Etihad against Manchester City @ 1.96 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Can Chelsea do the double over Man City at the Etihad tonight?

 Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge this season

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge this season

Although a horrible mistake by defender Matija Nastasic and ‘keeper Joe Hart right at the end of the 90 minutes in the Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge earlier this season gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory with Fernando Torres taking advantage, things are likely to be very different in this evening’s clash between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium.

Torres is out injured for Jose Mourinho’s side and much has changed for Manchester City in the three months since their last meeting with Chelsea. Will City gain revenge for that defeat in front of their own fans tonight? The GR88.com betting odds for this game certainly suggest so and they are as follows.

Manchester City v Chelsea Odds:

Man City – 1.86

Draw – 3.30

Chelsea – 4.00

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Chelsea will struggle in this match tonight as many have done at the Etihad Stadium as City have won 17 of their 18 home matches in all competitions this season. Only the champions of Germany, Europe and the World in Bayern Munich have managed to leave this stadium located in the blue half of Manchester with anything this season when the claimed a 3-1 win in the Champions League. Since then City have won 13 straight home matches in all competitions, as well as gaining revenge on Bayern in Munich, and have scored 56 goals in front of their own fans in these games at home.

They have also won each of the last four meetings with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, scoring seven goals and conceding just two, but Chelsea will take confidence from the fact that no other side has matched the amount of wins (ten) that they have taken on the road against City and that they are missing their top scorer in Sergio Aguero through injury for this match.

Chelsea have won all three away games in the Premier League and FA Cup in 2014 without conceding a goal with Southampton and Hull seen off in the league and Derby beaten in the cup. They are, in fact, without conceding a goal in four away games following a 0-0 draw at the Emirates at the end of December and they will believe that their defensive abilities will be able to overcome the overwhelming firepower of City.

I, on the other hand, feel that City are more than good enough to win this match and move to the top of the Premier League ahead of Arsenal with another victory at home this evening. I also feel that City offer great value and I am backing the home win at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

I am backing Manchester City to take all three points at home tonight by beating Chelsea @ 1.86 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

Can the Hammers Upset the Odds at The Etihad Stadium Tonight?

Man City are looking for their 14th home win in 15 matches at The Etihad tonight

Man City are looking for their 14th home win in 15 matches at The Etihad tonight

Last night saw a sizeable upset in the Capital One Cup semi finals as Premier League champions Manchester United travelled to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland and came away with their tails between their legs as they were beaten by the side bottom of the league. West Ham are just one place and one point above Sunderland, now can they repeat their fellow relegation struggler’s result by beating the big boys from Manchester this evening?

GR88.com certainly do not believe so as their Man City v West Ham match odds suggest a very comfortable victory for the home side at the Etihad Stadium this evening. City have suffered just a single loss at home in 14 matches this season with only Champions League holders Bayer Munich managing to the leave without a beating to their name and their Man City v West Ham odds do not suggest the Hammers getting anything tonight.

Man City v West Ham Odds:

Manchester City Victory – 1.16

Draw – 7.50

West Ham Victory – 15.00

(Odds provided by GR88.com are current as of today but subject to change.)

City will likely rest many players for this Capital One Cup final four stage clash this evening in front of their own fans, but they will still be confident of victory as they a fantastic record at the Etihad Stadium this season as only the European champions and FIFA Club World Cup winners from Germany have walked away without losing in 14 games. They have managed to find the net on 52 occasions in the 13 matches at the Etihad Stadium as they have averaged four goals a game in winning matches in front of their own fans.

They have scored 57 goals in total in the Premier League alone this season and this is three times the amount scored by the visitors to the blue half of Manchester this evening who had built their side around Andy Carroll, who proceeded to get injured before the season had begun. As such they have struggled for goals and come into this match having lost four of their last five games and suffered a humiliating 5-0 thumping away at second tier side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup at the weekend. The pressure is on Hammers manager Sam Allardyce at the moment and he will feel that his side need a result tonight, but can he guide his West Ham side to victory where so many have failed this season?

With West Ham’s pathetic performance at the weekend coupled with City’s home for this season and the Hammers last won away at City in 2006 leads me to believe that this match will see a comfortable victory for the home team this evening. Although City will rest players, they still have much more quality in their ranks than West Ham do in their starting XI and I cannot see this match being anything but a straightforward victory for the hosts tonight.

Back City -2.25 goals (half on City -2, half of City -2.5) @ 1.86 against West Ham in this Capital One Cup semi final first leg.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.