Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 12 December 2009

Manchester City and Chelsea Prove to be Bad Bankers

Manchester City were suppose to be the bet of the day today. Back-to-back victories against Arsenal and Chelsea last week done them a world of good and a fixture with out-of-form and dire looking Bolton Wanderers looked to give them a great opportunity to string back-to-back victories in the Premier League as they maintain their push for a Champions League finish. While the argument not for backing City coming into this match was their poor form against sides outside the top 4, I really felt the Bolton defence wouldn't be able to cope with City's attack after the way they'd been playing lately. I didn't see their attacking being able to keep up, but I was proven wrong. I was talking to a friend last night about Ivan Klasnic being Bolton's hope of a bright spark and someone who may be able to keep them up. He scored 2 goals today that helped them get an unexpected point. While I bit on City's odds of 4/5 to win prior to kickoff, I did take them at evens and later 12/5 (after Craig Bellamy's red card) on a double chance to make a profit from this match.

A Champions League finish is going to take a lot of work after they drew 3-3 at Bolton today. While proving they can score, Manchester City failed to defend adequately as they conceded 3 goals to the relegation-threatened side. Selling Richard Dunne has proven to be a big mistake so far for Mark Hughes as he has got his form back at Aston Villa. Carlos Tevez scored a brace today as he

Further up the table, Chelsea were held 3-3. It could have been seen as one to spoil accumulators, but with Tottenham's shock home loss to Wolves, it was a bad day for the short-odds accumulators today. The Blues were made to pay from bad set piece defending once again, and bad, unorganised defending in general as they handed Everton 3 goals. I took Chelsea at 4/6 when 1-0 down after a Petr Cech goal and later at 6/4 when at 3-3 but this turned out to be a loser. After Chelsea looked like Champions a few weeks ago, it's now 4 games without a win in all competition and Manchester United can go level on points later this evening if they beat Aston Villa.

Not only has Chelsea's draw with Everton opened the door for Manchester United, but Arsenal could get right back into the chase, now 9 points behind the leaders with 2 games in hand. Arsenal play at Liverpool tomorrow, with a good record recently at Anfield and playing a side in dire form and pressure on their manager that Arsenal could increase with a victory.

At the bottom of the table, it was a bad day for West Ham who lost 1-0 at Birmingham, while Younes Kaboul rescued a late point for Portsmouth at Sunderland, Hull drew 0-0 at home to Blackburn, and Wigan took a point back home from the Britannia Stadium in the early kickoff today. Wolves' victory at Spurs moves them out of the relegation zone at West Ham's expense. Birmingham's victory moves them level on points with Liverpool. Burnley and Fulham drew in the other Premier League 3 o'clock kickoff.

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