Betting Spy: Steam in to Man City at huge price

Grant Prior 8 years ago

I used to play football with a bloke called Ossie who was a master of what some people call gamesmanship.

Others – mainly the victims – had a more honest name for it.

Ossie would smilingly pull-up an opponent after another crunching tackle left them prostrate – while keeping his foot planted squarely on their ankles.

Dragging pole-axed opponents up by the hair – wherever he could grab hold of it – was another favourite.

Ossie also had an unerring knack of always landing on the opposition feet-first whenever he had the chance.

He’s living in Spain now but I’m sure he was raising a glass of Rioja this week to the performance of Diego Costa on Tuesday night.

The Chelsea striker is facing a potential ban after the replays left even Jose Mourinho struggling for a coherent defence of stamping allegations.

Slow motion TV makes these sort of tactics look exactly what they are – a bit snide and unnecessary.

Costa could be missing for the big show-down with Man City this Saturday.

But even if he escapes a ban, Man City must be the call at odds of 13/5.

The champions are the thick end of 3/1 to win at Stamford Bridge – where Bradford stuck four past Chelsea last weekend.

Neither side is in peak form and the match has got that toss-of-the-coin whiff about it which makes City’s odds too tempting to resist.

Another price which jumps off the page is the almost insulting 9/2 on West Ham to finally end their Anfield hoodoo.

The Hammers haven’t beaten Liverpool at home since 1963 – that’s before even I was born!

It’s a fairly shaming record but the price is way too big for a side who have already won the reverse fixture this season.

Now I don’t usually believe in all that guff about unlucky grounds.

But something seems to happen to West Ham as soon as they see the Shankly Gates so I think a draw could be the result Big Sam has in mind.

So we’ll stick with Man City as our bet of the week and hope all the talk after is about a great game rather than who-did-what-to-who.

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