Live on Skysports 1: Wed 19.45: Harry Redknapp’s Spurs are 2/1 with to beat wobbly Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal’s Premier League title aspirations were severely dented in a remarkable end to Sunday’s clash with Liverpool at the Emirates but the Gunners hopes of overhauling Manchester United look set to be damaged irreparably at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham can prevail in a potentially enthralling North London derby.
Despite the weekend body blow, Arsene Wenger’s side are narrow favourites at 8/5 with Paddy Power, but as they have beaten only Stoke, Leyton Orient and Blackpool in their last eleven outings in all competitions, Arsenal are hardly reliable enough at present to warrant an interest at that price.
Indeed, as the season has reached the business end, the Gunners seems to have been found wanting in terms of mental strength and they now look set for another trophy-less campaign despite the fact that less than two months ago they were still battling on four fronts.
Punch drunk and on the ropes then, Arsenal look susceptible to a knockout blow against their rivals, who can draw level on points with Manchester City in fourth if they collect a maximum haul and roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Spurs are difficult to overlook, especially as quote them at a tasty 2/1.
Punters slightly fearful of the Gunners strong away record however, may want to tread a little more carefully and back Harry Redknapp’s side ‘Draw No Bet’ at 21/20 (William Hill).
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are a prohibitive 2/9 with Totesport to get the better of Birmingham. The visitors have taken seven points from their last available nine to drag themselves to the verge of Premiership safety but those results came against Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland, two of whom are in freefall so a trip to face Carlo Ancelotti’s men is a different test altogether.
The hosts defend well on their own patch and Paddy Power make them 5/6 to win ‘to nil’ which is mildly tempting but at 7/5 with Sportingbet, a better bet has to be a match total of fewer than 2.5 goals; Chelsea are unlikely to concede but won’t score a hatful themselves given City’s relatively solid defence.
Tottenham to beat Arsenal – 2/1 ()
Under 2.5 goals in Chelsea v Birmingham – 7/5 (Sportingbet)