Clean up with City
Tipster Dave Tindall with his latest betting column and best wagers for this weekend's action.
By Dave Tindall
Last Updated: 01/02/13 10:12am
Liverpool did well to take a point against Arsenal at The Emirates and will feel they could have had all three after going 2-0 up. But a second tough away game in the space of five days might prove too much for Brendan Rodgers' men. Opponents Manchester City obviously lack last season's spark but they've still emerged victorious in nine out of 12 at home and before they were held 0-0 by QPR they'd won six straight in all competitions. That all suggests the 5/6 about Roberto Mancini's men is a more than fair price. However, it's worth noting that the hosts have kept clean sheets in each of their last six games so why not improve on the 5/6 by backing Man City to win to nil at 5/2. Liverpool backers can get 3/1 about the Reds winning while it's 13/2 they win to nil. Watch the game live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday at 4pm.
* A quick mention of the latest Premier League title betting. With 14 games to play, seven-point leaders Man Utd are just 1/5 to regain their title from holders City, who are 4/1. Chelsea have 13 points to make up on the leaders and have drifted out to 33/1. In the relegation market, 1/2 Reading, 4/7 QPR and 8/13 Aston Villa are considered the three teams most likely to go down. It's also 11/8 Wigan, 7/4 Southampton, 11/2 Norwich, Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse once scored an extraordinary goal against Chelsea - a crazy, left-to-right bending thump over the goalkeeper's head which looked like it had been drawn in a comic. Cisse's form tends to go in waves and it looks like he's running into a good spell again after three goals in his last six starts. So, can he thrive against Chelsea again when the Blues head to the north-east on Saturday? The best way to play Cisse is to back him for first goalscorer. He scored the opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season (the banana shot was his second of the match) and his last two goals and three of his last four have been the first goal of the game. Sky Bet make him 7/1 to bulge the net first and those are odds worth taking.
Wigan have conceded three against Sunderland and four against Manchester United in their last two home Premier League games. So how about backing Southampton to rack up a few at the DW Stadium on Saturday? Saints netted six goals in their last three away games under former boss Nigel Adkins and it was really noticeable how they threw men forward in the rather unlucky 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in midweek. New manager Maurico Pochettino looks as if he wants to attack and he could really reap the rewards at Wigan. Saints are 13/2 to score three more and such an outcome is certainly reasonable against Wigan's accommodating defence.
Andy Murray's bid to win a second straight Grand Slam fell at the final hurdle as he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open. Sky Bet now have odds about when Murray will win his next one and make the 2013 French Open 8/1, 2013 Wimbledon 9/4 and this year's US Open 4/1. It's 5/6 that he wins no majors this year. As for Djokovic, it's now just 12/1 that he scoops the lot and wins all four Grand Slams this year. Exactly 3 is 3/1, Exactly 2 is 6/5 while it's 7/4 that the Aussie Open is his only win this year. Djokovic is 4/9 to end the year as world number one why Murray is 7/4 to be on top spot in the final ATP ranking of 2013.
* Put those three in a treble for a 209/1 payout!