Sam Hendry picks out the best bets for this weekend’s football action
Manchester City can bounce back from their midweek Anfield humbling to seal Premier League title glory in dream circumstances by beating Manchester United at the Etihad on Saturday evening.
Jose Mourinho will be hell bent on ensuring that doesn’t happen, but City are comfortably the superior side and their only home defeat this season came against Basel in what was effectively a meaningless Champions League tie.
Having this match sandwiched in between the quarter final ties against Liverpool is far from ideal, but I think Pep Guardiola will resist the temptation to rest his key players
It will take a herculean effort along with a lot of luck to turn around that 3-0 deficit and a win on Saturday could be key in regaining their lost momentum and instilling belief into the squad and fans that they can pull off that improbable comeback.
I think City are the bet here.
Elsewhere, the relegation battle could become a lot more defined after the weekend’s fixtures, with Swansea aiming to take a big leap towards Premier League survival by securing victory from their trip to the Hawthorns.
West Brom are a shambles and Darren Moore being shoved into the managerial position after the removal of Alan Pardew resembles the proverbial lamb heading to the slaughter.
They have lost their last eight and it seems everyone involved at the club, from fans to players, have accepted that they will be playing Championship football next season.
There was a period towards the end of 2017 where Swansea were in a similarly precarious position before being revitalised by the arrival to Wales of Carlos Carvalhal.
A 4-1 defeat to Brighton in February has been the only real blip on the Portuguese’s scorecard thus far and I’m backing them to take a crucial three points here.
For Stoke City, they lie four points from safety and it would be a huge surprise if they were to narrow that gap given they take on in-form Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have won each of their last four encounters with Stoke by a four-goal margin and have the returning Harry Kane to bolster their attacking ranks.
Having beaten Huddersfield in his first game in charge, Paul Lambert and Stoke haven’t won any of their next eight, scoring only four goals in the process.
Stoke’s three upcoming fixtures against West Ham, Swansea and Crystal Palace are the ones which will determine their fate rather than this seemingly inevitable defeat.
I’ll be backing Tottenham to win and also backing ‘NO’ for both teams to score.
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