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Tipster Dave Tindall selects the best Premier League wagers in his weekly betting column.
By Dave Tindall
Last Updated: 30/11/12 4:33pm
Perhaps due to some dodgy results in the Champions League, we sometimes forget the strength of Manchester City's home form in the Premier League. Last season, they won 18 out of 19 at home and drew the other whilst this season they've won six and drawn one. Put them together and it's played 26, won 24, drawn two. Phenomenal. Therefore, even though Saturday's rivals are high-flying Everton maybe we should just back City at 1/2 and be done with it. However, the Toffees have scored plenty of away goals this term (only Man Utd have netted more on their travels) so a good way to profit from City's home prowess and Everton's ability to score on the road is to back Manchester City to win and both teams to score at a very juicy 21/10. Roberto Mancini's men have conceded in four of their seven home games in the league so aren't exactly watertight at the Etihad.
After back-to-back 0-0 draws, Rafa Benitez's approval rating amongst Chelsea fans will probably be somewhere in single figures. But, for punters, the Spanish coach's insistence on getting it right at the back first is something to cash in on. Next up for Chelsea is an away trip to West Ham (Sky Sports 2 HD at 12.45pm on Saturday) and it's certainly tempting to back yet another scoreless stalemate at 10/1. The Hammers, under Sam Allardyce, also know how to play a cagey game and in their two recent games against the Manchester giants they held City to a 0-0 draw at Upton Park and lost just 1-0 at Old Trafford. I think Chelsea might just have enough so back no goalscorer at 10/1 and also 1-0 Chelsea at 6/1.
From looking as if they could be on the end of a 4-0 whitewash, England are now right back in their four-match series with India after a superb 10-wicket win in the second Test. The tourists are now 100/30 from 12/1 to win their first series in India for 27 years while the home side are 10/11. A drawn series is 15/8. The third Test gets under way in Kolkata in the early hours of Wednesday morning and India are 5/4 to triumph, with England 13/5 and the draw 13/8. A look at the record book shows that India have won both of their last two matches at Eden Gardens by an innings - against West Indies in 2011 and against South Africa in 2010. That shows what England are up against so an India win at 5/4 is the call.
Just making the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year is a huge achievement in what has been an amazing 2012 although Sky Bet make Bradley Wiggins a hot 4/11 favourite to win the Beeb gong. Mo Farah is the second favourite at 4/1 ahead of 15/2 Andy Murray and 8/1 Jessica Ennis. It's then back to David Weir at 33s so Sky Bet see it as a four-horse race. The good news for punters who perhaps can't see past Wiggins is that Sky Bet are also offering Straight Forecast betting. Options include Wiggins 1st Farah 2nd at 13/10, Wiggins 1st Murray 2nd at 7/2 and Wiggins 1st Ennis 2nd at 4/1. Farah to beat Wiggins into second is 9/2. Sky Bet also have odds on a Top 3 finish so if you fancy Weir to sneak in there he's available at 5/1.