BETTING COLUMN: City close gap in title race after Blues slip up

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Michael Doyle battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Michael Doyle battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left fuming at the two-game ban handed to Nemanja Matic at the weekend, given his marching orders after reacting to a horror tackle from Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, say BetVictor.

The Clarets forward went away with just stern word from referee Martin Atkinson however the Blues struggled after being reduced to ten-men thereafter, eventually let their lead slip away with Sean Dyche’s side now coming from behind to earn draws at Newcastle, Manchester City and Chelsea already this season.

Despite the two dropped points Chelsea remain the 1/4 favourites for the Title with BetVictor, however Manchester City were halved in price after taking full advantage of the Blues’ slip and cut to 7/2 (from 7/1) after walloping Newcastle United 5-0 at the Etihad.

City leading scorer Sergio Aguero opened the rout from the spot after City were awarded a penalty just 28 seconds into the game.

The Argentinian is now level on 17 goals with Chelsea’s Diego Costa at the top of the scoring charts and BetVictor make both Aguero and Costa the 5/4 joint-favourites to walk away with the Premier League’s Golden Boot award at the end of the season.

PL Top Goalscorer

Diego Costa 5/4

Sergio Aguero 5/4 (from 15/8)

Harry Kane 7/1 (From 8s)

Alexis Sanchez 20/1

Charlie Austin 33/1

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Aguero followed-up Saturday’s goal by netting against Barcelona in the Champions League midweek and can continue his fine run of form in front of goal when the champions travel to Anfield in the weekend’s stand-out Premier League fixture.

It could prove to be a tale of two strikers in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley with Diego Costa spear-heading Chelsea’s attack and Harry Kane doing likewise after an impressive season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Kane is the 4/11 favourite to be named the PFA Young player of the season after scoring 24 goals in all competitions thus far this term; six goals in his last four Premier League games.

He is now the 7/1 (From 8s) third favourite to be the league’s leading marksman this term and will be pivotal to Spurs lifting silverware at Wembley on Sunday; Chelsea 7/10 favourites with BetVictor, Spurs 17/4 and 3/1 the tie goes beyond the 90.

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