The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook gives his verdict on this weekend’s televised matches in the Premier League.Arsenal V Spurs, Live on Skysports 2, Sat 12.45:
There are certain times in the season when derbies feel so much more than they really are.
But Arsenal (4/6 Ladbrokes) against Spurs (9/2 bet365) this weekend is massive for both clubs. Having put themselves within two points of Chelsea and taken advantage of Manchester United’s draw last week, the Gunners really need to keep the pressure on. But this will be a tough game.
As for Spurs, they can’t really afford to drop that much further down the table so they need three points as well. Difficult to call really, but in all honesty I fancy a draw which with Paddy Power is still some value at 13/5. Cover this with a bet on there being less than 2.5 goals at 11/10 with totesport
Liverpool V West Ham, Live on ESPN, Sat 17.30:
Looking at Liverpool v west ham just wants to make you wince. I can understand why the Hammers (6/1 888Sport) are in a mess because they have Avram Grant as manager, but it is still such a shock about the Reds.
Roy Hodgson will be praying that Torres can play in this game considering that Stevie Gerrard is out for a month. The Hammers have played some good football but they just can’t see games off. This will be very tight and nervy with a lot of mistakes but for me I am going to back Liverpool to win at 4/7 with Stan James or William Hill and do so by a 2-1 scoreline at 7/1 with Sportingbet.com
Blackburn V Aston Villa, Live on Skysports 1, Sun 13.30:
Gerard Houllier’s men were so unlucky against Manchester United last weekend and I think they will be spurred on by that result. Blackburn (11/8 Stan James) are an up and down team this season but I don’t think they will be able to deal with the pace and movement of the Villa team who I back to win away at 23/10 with Boylesports Fulham v Man City, Live on Skysports 1, Sun 16.00:
At 4pm Roberto Mancini will be looking to get Manchester City (7/5 ) back on track, but Fulham (9/4 ) is a tough place to go and they do not roll over easily.
In fact they have a history recently of turning the big teams over at Craven Cottage and I would not be surprised if this happened again. It will be a tight game but I am looking at a 1-0 home win for Fulham which comes in at a cracking looking 9/1 at Unibet
Sunderland V Everton, Live on Sky Sports 1, Mon 20.00:
Monday night sees Sunderland (17/10 William Hill) against Everton. Steve Bruce’s team pulled off one of the victories of the season against Chelsea last weekend, but you know what will happen now, they will not be able to follow it up.
Everton are a gritty team who like a battle and that is what they will get with many people fancying the draw at 23/10 with Coral
Nevertheless, David moyes’s team are 19/10 at Betfred to win and I will have my money on that.
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