The League table shows Saturday’s match to be between two of the three worst teams in the Premier League, as third-bottom City host rock-bottom Portsmouth. The visitors have lost eight of their nine game so far, yet can be backed as high as 13/8 (Boylesports) to rack up a ninth defeat at the weekend, while their only points so far came from a win at Wolves – 19/10 (Totesport) is on offer if you fancy them doubling their season’s total.
It’s hard to make a case for either side really. SkyBet currently offer the longest price on the draw at 12/5, which one suspects will attract plenty of interest. In April, the sides played out a turgid 0-0 draw at the Circle. A repeat would require both sides to keep only their second clean sheets of the season, but given the frayed nerves that’ll be in evidence, plus City’s painfully laboured attacking efforts on Monday, it looks a reasonable punt at 10/1 (SportingBet). Covering it with under 2.5 goals in the game (4/5, generally available) may not be a bad idea either.
With both sides already in relegation trouble, it’s interesting to look longer term too. Both sides are odds-on to go down (City 1/2, Portsmouth 8/13), while unsurprisingly the shortest odds to finish 20th are also reserved for these two sides: 7/4 being available on either. Oh, and the two managers involved, Messrs Brown and Hart, are also leading the “Sack Race”, joint 5/2 favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.
Cheery stuff, eh?