Mancini's men keep pressure on title rivals

MANCHESTER CITY kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday and the champions are 9-4 to retain their title.

Like United at Aston Villa on Saturday, City had to come from behind after Steven Caulker put Spurs ahead at Eastlands and they traded at 9-2 with bet365 before Edin Dzeko’s late winner.

United are 11-10 favourites to win the league with Chelsea, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, next in the betting behind the Manchester duo at 4-1.

City remain unbeaten this season, with seven wins and four draws, and bet365 go 16-1 that they don’t lose a league game this term.

Manager Roberto Mancini is still under pressure, however, and at half-time, with Spurs leading 1-0, he was just 6-1 with BetVictor to be the next top-flight boss to leave his job. That price was eased to 8-1 after City’s comeback but Mancini is BetVictor’s third-favourite for the sack, behind Southampton’s Nigel Adkins at 5-4 and Mark Hughes of QPR, who is 9-4.

Chelsea were frustrated by a second-half comeback from Liverpool. John Terry, a 28-1 shot to score first, headed the Blues in front before injury forced him off but red-hot Luis Suarez nodded a close-range equaliser. Liverpool are 10-1 to finish in the top four and Suarez, who scored his eighth league goal of the season yesterday, is 6-1 to win the Golden Boot.

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, also on eight goals, is the 9-5 favourite and the prolific Red Devils are 9-2 to score 100 league goals this season.

Newcastle are out to 33-1 to finish in the top four after their 1-0 home defeat to 3-1 shots West Ham. BetVictor make the Hammers 2-1 to finish in the top ten.

Hibernian beat Dundee United to stay top of the SPL as 2-7 shots Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw by St Johnstone.

Match in Focus

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Crotone v Lazio

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  • Crotone have lost one of their last eight games - a 3-0 defeat at champions Juventus
Expert verdict
Crotone have collected 17 points from eight games since the start of April and can give themselves the best chance of staying up by defeating Lazio. Survival will be assured if Crotone collect more final day points than Empoli, who play away to relegated Palermo. Crotone's fate is out of their hands but they can do their bit by beating Lazio, who have lost three in succession.

 

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