Jesus offers City value


Gabriel Jesus is set for a rare start on Wednesday night and he provides the value for Manchester City when they take on Cardiff City.

City will bid to return to the top of the Premier League when they host the Bluebirds and, at just 2/35 to win the contest, they are one of the hottest ever favourites.

Three days after they could have beaten Chelsea, Cardiff are 40/1 to repeat Crystal Palace’s victory here. However, it’s hard to make a strong case for backing them – even at that huge price.

Jesus to score first goal City v Cardiff @ 33/10

Anyone doing so would surely start by mentioning Sergio Aguero’s injury although his expected absence creates an opportunity for Jesus.

He’s scored 14 goals in his 12 starts at the Etihad this season. In 2019, he’s got eight in six (home and away) and also netted twice as a substitute for Brazil last week.

Jesus is set to lead a goal-laden attack and at 33/10 looks worth supporting in the first goalscorer market.

Palace to beat Tottenham @ 25/4

Tottenham finally open their new stadium, with Crystal Palace the first visitors.

The unfamiliar surroundings are another potential problem for a Spurs team who have taken one point from the last 15 available – and who now find their top-four spot under threat.

Palace have been excellent away, winning at Burnley (3-1), Leicester (4-1), Wolves (2-0) and Man City (3-2) in their last six. However, they are surely too big at 25/4 to win this one.

Under three cards Chelsea v Brighton @ 5/7

The night’s other game sees Chelsea and Brighton meet just days before the latter are involved in the FA Cup semi-finals.

It’s hard to know what team the Seagulls will put out to face a Chelsea side who look short enough at 20/73 given their recent form.

The bet here lies in the cards markets, with lenient referee Graham Scott in charge.

Chelsea are one of the cleanest teams in the league, while there’s an obvious argument about Brighton’s players not wanting to risk injury by flying into tackles.

Seven of Scott’s 15 Premier League games this season have seen less than three cards – 5/7 here – while another four have seen exactly three (a repeat would result in money back).

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