Betting Spy: Man City and Stoke to spring surprises

Grant Prior 13 years ago

It’s a tale of two cities this week – and both of them look overpriced to me to spring a surprise.

First up it’s Man City who travel across town to Old Trafford on Sunday in a top of the table clash.

Paddy Power have priced the Sky Blues up at 13/5 – and that’s not a price you are likely to see again about Mancini’s billionaires.

Football is all about form and Utd have been wavering a bit of late with a few far from convincing performances.

City are flying on the other hand and the momentum could be with them this weekend to cause a bit of an upset.

I still fancy Ferguson’s men for the title over the long haul but the time is right to back City this time and they are a confident punt in what should be a cracker of a game.

The second leg of our City, City betting plan sees Stoke travel to the Emirates – and that’s exactly what Arsene Wenger doesn’t need.

Stoke are flying this season while the Gunners still look awful at the back under any sort of sustained pressure.

And that’s exactly what they’ll get from Tony Pullis’s side who aren’t averse to slinging the ball in the box which could make for a nervous afternoon in north London for the Arsenal rearguard.

Stoke are a very tempting 6/1 so let’s take the gamble they discover the not-too-secret key to unlocking the Arsenal defence.

A little dabble on the Man City/Stoke double at 24/1 is also worth a chance on a day when a few favourites could get turned over.

One who won’t is New Zealand who Paddy Power have already paid out on.

They didn’t want to delay the inevitable and it’s just a case of how many points the All Blacks stick on a French side who look suitably embarrassed to be in the final.

The Welsh are the hard luck story of the tournament.

But there’s no sentiment in gambling and Warren Gatland’s young side should go from strength to strength and the 8/1 available about them winning the 2015 World Cup could look a real steal in three years time.

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