Goals Expected In London Derby
These things matter in local rivalries but Manchester City did not clinch the Premier League against Manchester United yesterday. They were probably putting sky blue ribbons around the trophy before United came back from two goals down in the Manchester derby to win the match. City are still a million odds-on to be the champions for third time in six years but in future their fans won’t be able to gloat that the 2017/18 title was decided at home to United. The derby day theme continues today when Chelsea are at home to West Ham.
The sides are on the periphery of issues at either end of the table. Chelsea look destined for fifth place at best and West Ham should escape the drop and nightmare scenario of relegation to the Championship. It would take a bizarre combination of results for Chelsea to finish fourth and West Ham to go down. West Ham have scored in the last six meetings with Chelsea and the home team have a good scoring record at their own ground so the bet is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 4/6 with Ladbrokes. Arsenal should beat Southampton at home in the other televised match.
There are now just six days before the greatest race in the world and bookmakers go 10/1 the field for one of the most open Grand Nationals in several years. There are jumps meetings at Carlisle and Exeter today with no fixtures in Ireland. The novices’ limited handicap chase at Exeter (3.10pm) is the only contest worth more than £10,000 to the winner. THE BAY BIRCH has the form and ratings to prevail and the best price on that outcome is 11/4 with bet365.