Gamble on City to win title gathers pace

THE gamble on Manchester City to win the Premier League gathered pace on the eve of the season starting with a number of bookmakers cutting the title favourites justifying their tag as market leaders.

The last remaining best odds of 9-5 disappeared with 7-4 now the top City price and Coral spokesman John Hill said:“Premier League punters are quite unanimous on who they think will win the title this season as City are the team which have attracted the most bets by some distance.”

Betway clipped Arsenal hotshot Alexandre Lacazette from 12-1 to 10-1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer, while the same firm make Ousmane Dembele 2-11 to transfer to Barcelona before the close of the summer transfer window.

Dembele refused to turn up for training with Borussia Dortmund and another player in demand is Tottenham’s Danny Rose following a hard-hitting interview where he criticised the club.

Rose is 1-2 with Hills to stay at Spurs and 3-1 to head to Manchester United.

Match in Focus

19:45 Sa 26May

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.



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