Coutinho 5-4 to stay after transfer request

LIVERPOOL insist Philippe Coutinho will not be sold to Barcelona despite requesting a transfer but the Brazilian playmaker is odds-on with bookmakers to force a move to the Catalan giants before the summer window closes.

Coutinho is as short as 1-2 to get his transfer to Barca with 5-6 the top price available with Betfair, while the 25-year-old is 5-4 with Sky Bet to remain with the Reds.

There are seven Premier League matches on Saturday and six of those feature an odds-on favourite, including both televised matches where Liverpool head to Watford and title favourites Manchester City visit Brighton.

It will be Albion’s first Premier League match and their first top-flight contest since 1983 with Chris Hughton’s side 12-5 with Betfair and Coral to finish the season as the top promoted club.

Hills make Newcastle 4-6 favourites in that market with Huddersfield 11-2 outsiders with Ladbrokes. The Terriers, who begin life in the Premier League at Crystal Palace, are 4-6 to be relegated and 13-10 to stay up.

David Wagner’s playoff winners are 5-4 to collect no more than 31 points with bet365 and much could depend on whether record signing Steve Mounie settles.

Mounie notched 14 goals in Ligue 1 for Montpellier last season – scoring every 202 minutes – and bet365 have set his Premier League line at over/under 7.5 with both sides at 10-11.

Injured defender Danny Rose won’t be in the Tottenham squad for their trip to Newcastle but he has apologised for his outburst earlier this week when the England left-back criticised the club over a lack of spending.

Rose is 4-9 with Sky Bet to remain at Spurs and a switch to Manchester United has drifted to 3-1. Chelsea are 6-1 to sign Rose.

Bruno Martins Indi has moved to Stoke and West Brom manager Tony Pulis has signed a contract extension to 2019. Pulis has drifted to 14-1 in Sky Bet’s sack-race betting.

Match in Focus

20:00 Mo 18Dec SKY

Malaga v Real Betis

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Betis have not won any of their last seven games.
Expert verdict
Malaga have been much more competitive in recent weeks and can pick up their fourth league win of the season by beating fellow strugglers Real Betis at La Rosaleda. Michel's outfit climbed off the basement with a 2-0 triumph at Sociedad last Sunday and can follow up with a victory over Betis, who haven't won since October.

 

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