Premier League Betting: Manchester City vs. West Brom

Nila Amerova

Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:19 PM GMT

Manchester City look to bounce back when they host West Browich Albion at the Etihad in Week 35 EPL betting. Join us as we preview this clash and deliver our soccer-betting verdict complete with soccer free picks for your consideration.

Manchester City title hopes setback
Manchester City’s title hopes suffered a setback following a 2-2 draw to Sunderland in midweek Premier League betting. The Citizens are now listed the largest of the three contenders, their odds drifting as far away as +600 soccer odds. Top favourites Liverpool have the market cornered at -188 while Chelsea are back in the thick of it all at +275 futures betting odds.

Manchester City’s failure to beat a hapless Sunderland at the Etihad on Wednesday night is symptomatic of the side’s inability to handle the burden of expectation, a quality that takes the shine off their odds and title aspirations. Indeed, they’ve put the onus on their rivals and if either Liverpool or Chelsea win all their remaining games then they’ll be crowned champions.

Still all is not lost as the Citizens are just six points back of Liverpool with a game in hand but they must deposit a much better account against West Bromwich Albion than they did against the Black Cats on Wednesday.

Sat pretty in third place they boast a 22-5-6 record and 71 points, which includes a 14-1-1 record at the Etihad. Despite their recent waffle, they go into this upcoming date with West Brom as the considerable favourites to win outright, matched at -500 soccer odds to win outright.


West Bromwich Albion at disadvantage
West Bromwich Albion enter their date with Manchester City at the significant disadvantage, matched at +1000 soccer odds to win outright at Bet365. The market stance has everything to do with the Citizens’ exceptional home record this season that is blemished by only one defeat and one draw, not to mention underscored by a scoring frenzy that sits at 54 goals netted with just 12 conceded. That West Brom don’t perform well on their travels also plays a part in this soccer betting market.

West Brom are sat pretty in 16th place on the back of a 6-15-12 record on the season and 33 points. They are just four points clear of the drop and, thus, still fighting for survival. Although with Sunderland, Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham tipped as odds-on favourites for the drop, soccer bettors could interpret that as a positive sign for West Brom’s top-flight fortunes.

On the road, West Brom boast a sub-par 3-6-7 mark through 16 fixtures, highlighted by just 18 goals netted and 26 conceded. However, they’ve won two of their last three away games and recent form boasts a three-game undefeated streak that is comprised of two draws and a win, including a 3-3 draw to the Spurs on their last lap around the league.


Soccer Betting Verdict:
Obviously, Manchester City are correctly tipped the favourites to win outright. What’s more, they’re the popular soccer pick to win outright amongst soccer bettors. Having said that to take Man City at -500 on your soccer picks offers very little value; that is, unless you have loads of extra cash with which to play. So the savvy thing to do is to shop around periphery markets for better angles for profit.

Man City to win both halves at -188 is a good option but if they enjoy a sluggish start to the game as they did against Sunderland, the game could be tighter than most expect. The draw-Man City double result is matched at tempting +333 soccer odds – and if you consider that West Brom are 7-7-7 in half time markets on the away this season it’s a viable option.

On the totals, the Over 2.5 is listed at -300 but better value is offered on the Over 3.5 at +125 at William Hill. As well, Man City to win and both teams to score at +130 is another attractive option for your soccer picks.

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Soccer Free Picks: Man City to win outright at -500 

Recommended Value Soccer Free Picks:
Over 3.5 at +125 at William Hill 
Man City to win and both teams to score at +130 at Bet365
Draw-Man City double result at +333 at Bet365