A magnificent fightback from Rangers on Wednesday evening gave them three valuable and improbable points against Liverpool and they will travel to Sunderland in good heart.
It may not be a bad time to play the Black Cats given they may have one eye on their FA Cup replay against Everton next Tuesday.
The R’s remain 8/11 to be relegated and for 70 minutes at Loftus Road those odds looked extremely generous, but those goals have handed Mark Hughes’ side a lifeline and I expect them to get at least a draw on Saturday.
The Black Cats are 10/11 for the game with the draw at 12/5 and a Rangers win at 31/10 with betvictor.com.
Djibril Cisse scored against one of his former clubs in midweek and is 7/1 to land the opener at the Stadium of Light.
Chelsea looked in control of their encounter at the Etihad Stadium until two late goals gave Manchester City the points and reignited their season.
City are 11/8 for the title behind 4/7 United and it is still in their hands given that United must travel across Manchester at the end of April.
Chelsea are still battling to secure a Champions League spot and are currently 13/8 to finish in the top four, with Arsenal 1/8 and Tottenham 1/4.
A win for the Blues against Spurs would change those odds again with the north London side beginning to fray at the edges.
I’m not convinced Roberto Di Matteo got his substitutions right at the Etihad and he is out to 5/2 to be manager on the first day of the 2012/13 season.
Fernando Torres looked sharp against City after his two goals against Leicester last Sunday and is 6/1 to score first and 7/4 to score at any time.
Raul Meireles and Frank Lampard looked laboured and I think Ramires will drop back into midfield with Daniel Sturridge likely to return up front.
Di Matteo has suggested he wouldn’t be afraid to start both Didier Drogba and Torres, but it is unlikely to be Saturday I would think.
Fulham have to try and bounce back from their first home defeat of the year against a rampant Swansea last weekend when they travel to Old Trafford to face the favourites for the Premier League.
The Whites are 14/1 to cause the shock and, while Blackburn and others showed the Theatre of Dreams is not the fortress it once was, it would take a brave soul to back Fulham after their Swansea drubbing.
United are 2/9 to continue what looks an irresistible surge towards their 20th title and it is 5/1 the draw.