There is a reasonable chance that Roberto Mancini’s side will extend their lead this weekend on the basis that they host Bolton Wanderers at Eastlands while the Red Devils have a tricky match at White Hart Lane. The bookmakers are certainly taking no chances with their odds about a home win on Saturday.
City are a best price 1/7 (William Hill free £25 bet) to claim victory and they are getting ever closer to a 100% record at the Etihad Stadium for the campaign with 13 straight wins after a comfortable 3-0 success against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
The home side are a tempting 4/9 (Paddy Power bookmaker) to lead at half-time and full-time in this Lancashire derby against a Bolton side that have been struggling practically since the season began and Owen Coyle’s team rarely got into the game when losing 3-0 at Chelsea last weekend.
Wanderers have lost 9 of their 13 matches on the road and it would be a major surprise to see them get anything from this game considering they have 43 less points than their opponents and only stand a chance of avoiding relegation thanks to other teams being similarly poor.
The away win is as big as 22/1 (Bet Victor) and a draw is a 17/2 chance with the same firm, although it could be worth considering a correct score bet of 3-0 and 4-0 considering that the City defence should have few problems shutting out a Bolton team who created few chances at Stamford Bridge.
Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last three matches and Bet Victor offer the best price about him and his two striker team-mates scoring the first goal. Odds of 10/3, 18/5 and 18/5 are available about the Argentine, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.