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Man City to continue surge towards Premier League title

| 05.04.2014
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Premier League odds-on favourites Manchester City (5/6) have lost just one of their 14 Premier Legaue matches at the Etihad this season and, with no draws, put you money on a home victory at 1/3 against Southampton.

The 2012 league champions are desperate to reclaim the title from city neighbours Manchester United, and are in a great position with just eight games left of the campaign. They are currently four points behind table toppers Liverpool (13/8), but crucially have two games in hand, and it seems the visit to Anfield in their next fixture may be the clincher.

In the meantime, however, City host a somewhat inconsistent Southampton, who are in Premier League purgatory at present with virtually nothing to play for this season anymore. With their top 10 status all but ensured – they are 11 points clear of 11th-placed West Ham – as Coral have stopped taking bets on the outcome, it seems a tussle with Newcastle United for the 8/9th spot is all they can achieve.

Surprisingly, considering the present standings, Southampton historically boast a winning record against their opponents – including five in their last 10 in the league. This will be a landmark 75th fixture between the two sides in all competitions, and the Saints have been victors 30 times, compared with City’s 24.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 8/1 to win this time around, however, for the first time away to City since 2004, when a James Beattie opener and Kevin Phillips double helped them to a 3-1 victory. Odds of 90/1 say they can achieve that unlikely scoreline again.

Both sides have a player who has netted twice in three Premier League games against their opponent – Edin Dzeko for the Sky Blues and midfielder Steve Davis for the Saints. The duo can be backed at 8/11 and 8/1 respectively to get a goal anytime.

City will welcome the news that their top-scorer Sergio Aguero could feature, after recovering from a hamstring injury, but is likely to start from the bench. He is odds-on at 8/11 to make a goal on his return, for the first time since his last match at the end of January.

Jay Rodriguez, meanwhile, is the league’s joint second-top English scorer on 15, with Wayne Rooney – behind Daniel Sturridge (20) – and is 10/3 to find the net at anytime.

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Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.