Now that Liverpool are off celebrating their Premier League title, the spotlight this weekend switches to the FA Cup
Both Manchester clubs are still involved – and the only danger stopping one or even both of them reaching the Wembley final is Chelsea, who I have to admit were half-decent against ten-man City on Thursday.
The Reds are 5/1 to win the famous old trophy – and I can’t see them having any trouble at all overcoming fast-fading Norwich today.
Norwich are clearly doomed to relegation from the Premier League after that poor performance at home to Southampton, and are the big outsiders at Betfred amongst the last eight.
With Norwich so poor during the resumption and United making a solid enough start to the run-in, Reds’ fans are in super-confident mood.
It’s been a long time, the days of Fergie in fact, since a United player notched a hat-trick. Well – since Anthony Martial did it against Sheffield United, fans have been thinking he can do it again … and Betfred have him at 33/1 to do just that at Carrow Road.
I’m very confident indeed that both Manchester teams will go through – and Betfred are 9/1 they both win both halves at Norwich, and Newcastle.
Of all the clubs I have seen since the greatest league in the world’s resumption, City have impressed me the most despite the reversal at Chelsea that confirmed that the title would go to Anfield.
With City never really plugging the gap in central defence following the retirement of Vincent Kompany it was obvious the title was off down the East Lancs – and that’s why I paid out on Liverpool before Christmas, costing me at least a million quid.
Pep Guardiola’s men are sure to get themselves up for the Cup and are outright favourites at Betfred to win the famous old trophy, at 4/5.
Kevin De Bruyne has certainly hit the ground running and is already top of the table when it comes to assists.
City, whose players are all technically adept, seem not too bothered by the lack of atmosphere caused by the post-lockdown rules and are treating games like training routines.
Their squad is so good even the injury to Sergio Aguero is unlikely to have much impact on the rest of the season – except if their talisman striker fails to be fit for the glamour Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
If the Blues lose their appeal and remain banned from the Champions League, it will be the Prem that gets their utmost attention next season, which only enhances their position as big favourites.
There were plenty of crafty City fans who used their small change on City to beat the Clarets 5-0 with Foden amongst the scorers, which was available at 80/1 at Betfred, including one supporter who picked up £3,240 from his £40 bet.
The lucky Londoner’ s formula is to back the best teams in the world such as Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, against lesser opposition.
Well, that certainly paid off for him, who like me, can’t understand why Foden isn’t starting every match. You do wonder what more the Stockport-born midfielder needs to do to be considered amongst the first names to go on the team sheet.
He is a fantastic talent and a credit to the club’s academy, who have done so well to nurture his undoubted talent.