Date: 12 May 2017 06:03
The season is reaching its crucial stages and Paddy Power have upped the price on the two contenders to reach Europe's elite club competition to win
The Champions League race only gets more intense round by round as the season runs down, and Manchester City and Arsenal are aware that time is running out for them to achieve their targets.
Pep Guardiola’s men are fighting to wrest third spot from Liverpool while Arsenal, buoyed by five wins in their last seven league outings, harbour ambitions to reach Europe's premier club competition by picking off the unfortunate team that falls into fourth place.
With the stakes ever increasing, Paddy Power have cast their eye on the final few crucial fixtures and upped the prices on both teams to win. Manchester City are now 4/1 (5.0) to claim a win over Leicester City, while Arsenal are 6/1 (7.0) to beat Stoke City.
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Manchester City 4/1 to beat Leicester City
Last 1/4 (1.25) to beat Leicester, heavy favourites City have been topped up to 4/1 (5.0) to see off their visitors for new Paddy Power customers. The clash at the Etihad Stadium pits two of the most in-form sides in the Premier League against each other in a tie that is sure to produce goals.
The Foxes virtually have survival in the bag and have relatively little to play for compared to Guardiola’s troops, who are striving to overhaul Liverpool in third place and the final automatic Champions League semi-final spot. Certainly not short of motivation, the Etihad Stadium outfit have responded magnificently to the challenge, with several stars rising to the occasion.
Gabriel Jesus’ return has been like a new signing for City but the main benefactor of his injury, Sergio Aguero, has shown no signs of slowing up in turn. The Argentine has responded to any doubts his critics and, indeed, Guardiola, harboured over him with his performances, and will fancy notching the two goals that will establish him as the fifth player in Premier League history to notch at least 20 strikes in three straight seasons.
Aguero will turn to Kevin De Bruyne for ammunition following the Belgian’s complete showing in their 5-0 demolition last time out. The midfielder took his assist tally to six in his last seven Premier League outings then and one of the Foxes’ hardest challenges will be keeping a tight leash on the playmaker.
With City seeking their fifth consecutive home win against reigning Premier League champions, their individual star power can be trusted on to deliver, making a 4/1 (5.0) boosted price the best way for new Paddy Power customers to back them.
Arsenal 6/1 (7.0) to beat Stoke City
Formerly 8/13 (1.62) to claim a vital win over Stoke City, Arsenal have in turn been upped to a huge 6/1 (7.0) to claim all three points. The Gunners are still dreaming of claiming an unlikely, if not impossible, place in next season’s Champions League and will hope to keep the momentum going here by beating their hosts.
The Potters often have enjoyed the upper hand against the Gunners, with Mark Hughes similarly one of the managers Arsene Wenger enjoys facing the least. Stoke have become a picture of brute physicality triumphing over Arsenal’s team of artists, but that is something that could have changed following Wenger’s decision to switch over to fielding a three-man defence.
It is a move that has given the normally frail Londoners newfound solidity, ensuring a stronger spine and more security to in turn benefit the forwards. In this way, Arsenal’s quality going forward is given more of a solid basis to shine, ensuring the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can strike and remain reasonably confident the collapses of old are less likely to undo their work.
The apparent transformation means that, while once Arsenal would have dreaded the trip northwest, there is a cautious optimism that they can reverse their trend against Stoke and grind out a win that would see them close on their top four target, making odds of 6/1 (7.0) backing an away win unmissable.
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