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.

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Arsenal v Chelsea

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  • Arsenal have collected only 12 points out of 30 against their top-seven rivals
Expert verdict
Arsenal have failed to win any of their last seven showdowns with Chelsea and they can ill-afford to see that sequence extended to eight, as any lingering hopes the Gunners have of overhauling Jose Mourinho’s men for the Premier League title are utterly dependent on beating their capital rivals at the Emirates. However, Mourinho's men can grab a point that will take them one step closer to glory.


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