Live on Skysports 1 & 2: Sat 12.45, Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Arsenal should beat leaky Blackpool while Man United look solid against Fulham.
A third consecutive draw dented Arsenal’s Premier League title aspirations last week as Blackburn became the second team in three outings to shut out the Gunners. However, Arsene Wenger’s men shouldn’t have the same trouble finding the net as they come up against a Blackpool defence leaking goals left, right and centre and Arsenal are 1.4 (2/5) with Betdaq to collect all three points at Bloomfield Road.
In freefall having won just one of their last eleven, Totesport now make Ian Holloway’s troops odds-on at 8/11 for the drop and It’s hard to see bet365’s 13/2 outsiders arresting their slide against the Gunners, who are 8/11 (William Hill) to come out on top in a match that produces at least three goals.
Starting from a goal behind, Wenger’s charges are rated at 11/10 by Partybets in the handicaps and for the more ambitious, Sportingbet mark 10/1 against a 3-1 away win, a bet made more attractive by the likelihood of both teams finding the net (4/6, ). Having scored ten of his side’s last 16 league goals meanwhile, Robin Van Persie is an eye-catching 10/3 (Coral) to break the deadlock.
Leaders Manchester United have only dropped two points at home and it’s hard to see William Hill’s 1/2 favourites coming unstuck as they host Fulham. A victory ‘to nil’ for United is 7/5 at bet365 while Chelsea, whose own championship hopes effectively ended at Stoke, are a banker at 1/5 with Sportingbet to overcome rock-bottom Wigan.
The Latics’ plight could be made worse by events at Molineux, where Wolves have already accounted for Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City. Mick McCarthy’s men face injury-ravaged Everton, whose seven substitutes last weekend didn’t have a single Premiership appearance between them and at 13/8 with Paddy Power, the hosts are one of the weekend’s best bets.
Stan James’ 4/6 favourites Tottenham should keep their hopes of a top four finish alive by seeing off Stoke and home wins could also be registered by Bolton and Aston Villa, who are 2.2 (6/5, Betdaq) and 10/11 (Totesport) respectively to beat West Ham and Newcastle.
Rejuvenated West Brom meanwhile, can edge closer to safety by nicking a point at Sunderland, a result Ladbrokes price at 12/5 and Birmingham are 12/5 with Betfred to do likewise at Blackburn. Finally, on Monday, Partybets make Manchester City 9/4 to earn a share of the spoils at Liverpool.