By Josh Powell | Sports writer
Punters will be licking their lips ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League games with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all well fancied to pick up three points. The three favourites will be well supported and if they all come in Paddy will take one hell of a midweek spanking.
What might put some punters off is the not-so-juicy price of 15/8 for all three to win. Not the best odds when you consider a team like Wigan are approaching that part of the season when their style of play could match Barcelona’s.
To find a bit of value in the treble the Paddy Power Blog team have managed to turn a 15/8 shot in to a 10/1 bet. We didn’t flash a bit of leg or wear a low-cut top to entice Paddy, that old trick has worn old now, instead we had to pick apart the form book to whip up a working man’s price.
Manchester City to beat Wigan – 1/4
Manchester City to win to nil – Evens
City may have lost the title but they’ll be keen to lay down a marker against Wigan who they’ll meet in the FA Cup Final. Wigan are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table and pulling out some performances that, if they were to maintain for the other 32 games of the season, could have them fighting it out in the top four.
City have only dropped nine points at home this season and are firm 1/4 favourites to win. But you can back them to win to nil at evens. Roberto Mancini’s men have the best defensive record in the league and haven’t conceded a goal against Wigan in their last six head-to-heads. Joe Hart shouldn’t be troubled too much here which will give him plenty of time to contemplate his failing acting career.
Manchester United to beat West Ham – 4/6
Manchester United (-1) to beat West Ham – 7/4
The Champions elect are strolling to a 20th Premier League title at a pace that would make an oil tanker look fast. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have a 15 point lead but, despite regaining his title, the gaffer has other records in his sights. Manchester United are aiming for the biggest points haul ever in the Premier League and are 4/6 to go to Upton Park and leave with all another three in the bag.
Big Sam Allardyce’s side are far enough from relegation not to be worried and really just have a top 10 place to play for. With player’s minds wandering towards which cocktail they’re going to order first on their Caribbean holiday, United can take advantage. The Red Devils have beaten West Ham by two goals or more in six of their last eight games and are 7/4 to cover the one goal handicap again.
Chelsea to beat Fulham – 17/20
Chelsea v Fulham to have under 2.5 goals – 11/10
Rafa Benitez is hoping a top four finish and a Europa League trophy will do enough for his CV to get him a decent job at the end of the season. The European Champs can go three points clear of local rivals Tottenham with a win against Fulham and put them one step closer to Champions League football next season.
Fulham’s away form is as steady as Cyprus’ economy and Chelsea can take advantage at 17/20. The Blues don’t have the most impressive record over the cottagers and it might be more profitable to back under 2.5 goals at 11/10. In the last six head-to-head meetings there has always been fewer than 2.5 goals with the last five matches ending all square.