It has been obvious for a while that Manchester City will win the Premier League – they are 1.0 in Tipbet’s season bets – with the question now whether or not they can break the points total of 95 set by Chelsea in 2004/05. City have started to flag in recent weeks, with their intense dominance in the early part of the season coupling with injuries to key players, and this resulted in a draw with Burnley last weekend, allowing Manchester United to close the gap to 13 points with 12 games to go.
The Blues are still in contention for a remarkable trophy haul at the end of the campaign and the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal later this month is the first opportunity to claim a piece of silverware from a maximum of four. In the league, they have 69 points, which is three more than they managed in all of Manuel Pellegrini’s final campaign in charge and they are the top scorers by 15 goals.
The real battle is for the three positions below Pep Guardiola’s side as five teams look to secure Champions League qualification. The north London derby on Sunday, therefore, could have far-reaching consequences.
Leicester City are not involved in that particular scrap, though as they are eighth and on 35 points they are fighting with Burnley to finish seventh. The Foxes are without a win in two league games, but they are four points clear of Bournemouth and have a last-16 tie against Sheffield United in the FA Cup; going further in the cup and finishing in the Premier League top eight would represent a fantastic season for Claude Puel, who took charge in October.
Tipbet.com is a brilliant sports betting site for all major sporting events, and for this game they have over 80 markets to choose from. The league leaders are 1.22 to get back to winning ways as they start an important week, with a last-16 tie against Basel on the horizon in the Champions League. Leicester are 7.00 to come away from the Etihad with a draw, while they are 12.2 to inflict Manchester City’s second defeat of the season.
All the weekend’s Premier League odds here.