Live on Skysport 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30: Chelsea and Arsenal are 3/1 (Stan James) to share the spoils in their Stamford Bridge clash.
Nothing went right for Chelsea on Sunday at Loftus Road, where they conceded an early penalty, had two players dismissed and then, making light of their two-man disadvantage, missed a host of chances to snatch a point. To add insult to injury, Andre Villas-Boas landed himself in hot water for his comments about match referee Chris Foy and so it will be a slightly wounded Blues side that takes to the field against Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Chelsea are odds-on favourites at 4/6 with Boylesports to bounce back against the Gunners, 5/1 outsiders, although as Arsene Wenger’s charges are starting to find their rhythm after a sticky start they will be no pushovers despite their poor away record and Stan James’ 3/1 for the a Stamford Bridge stalemate isn’t without appeal.
Totesport chalk an enticing 13/2 against the contest ending one-apiece and with Arsenal’s defensive frailty in mind, bet365’s 8/11 for both teams to score looks a banker, especially as Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in their four Premiership home matches this term.
Set to contribute to that goal tally is Gunners attacker Robin van Persie. The Dutchman has bagged nine for his club already this season and Betdaq price him at 8.0 (7/1) to break the deadlock; a better bet however, is Skybet’s 12/5 for van Persie to get on the scoresheet at any stage.
At Goodison Park, bookies believe Everton should be bracing themselves for a Manchester United backlash after Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were beaten 6-1 by neighbours City on Sunday. The champions are Partybets’ 17/20 favourites and they should narrowly get back to winning ways on Merseyside, where they’re 11/4 (bet365) to edge it by a one-goal margin.
In the teatime kick-off, Liverpool come face-to-face with ex-boss Roy Hodgson, whose West Brom team are 5/2 with Ladbrokes to frustrate his former employers by holding them to a draw at the Hawthorns. Buoyant Manchester City meanwhile are unlikely to take their foot off the gas as they face Wolves and the league leaders, available at just 1/6 with Sportingbet, are 10/11 courtesy of Skybet to prevail ‘to nil’ at Eastlands.
Also odds-on for a home win are Tottenham, Betfred posting 4/11 against Harry Redknapp’s side as they host QPR and high-flying Newcastle’s unbeaten record is under serious threat at the Britannia Stadium where Stoke’s home form and physical strength makes them an attractive proposition at 5/4 with Boylesports.
Norwich were tremendous in the second half at Anfield on Saturday and up against rock-bottom Blackburn, the resilient Canaries catch the eye at 2.1 (11/10) via Betdaq. Staying at the foot of the table, Skybet chalk 23/10 against struggling Wigan and Fulham equally splitting the points at the DW Stadium but there could be more misery for Bolton, who Sportingbet rate at 11/10 to suffer yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Swansea.
Finally, Sunderland relieved the pressure on Steve Bruce last weekend, by beating Bolton and Stan James make the Black Cats 5/4 to build on that result by also seeing off Aston Villa.
Chelsea v Arsenal to draw – 3/1 (Stan James)
Robin van Persie to score at any time – 12/5 (Skybet)
Manchester United to beat Everton by one – 11/4 (bet365)
West Brom and Liverpool to draw – 5/2 (Ladbrokes)