Both Liverpool and Arsenal come into their Anfield showdown on the back of tremendous results and as the Reds have played out eight draws in a dozen unbeaten home matches, the duo could cancel each other out, an outcome BetVictor chalk up at 5/2. It’s 8/11 (Coral) for both teams to net on Merseyside and for the ambitious Betfred mark 14/1 against a 2-2 stalemate.
Luis Suarez, lively in last week’s League Cup final, is 5/1 with Betfred to open the scoring while Theo Walcott, instrumental in Spurs’ collapse at the Emirates, is very backable at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to score at any point.
Table-topping Manchester City meanwhile, have a hundred percent record in the league at the Etihad Stadium and Stan James’ 1/6 favourites look set for another comfortable home success at the expense of struggling Bolton who are 10/11 via Skybet to be beaten ‘to nil’ by Roberto Mancini’s troops.
At the Hawthorns, Chelsea’s problems could return and Blue Square rate the Blues at 5/2 to only pick up a point against West Brom and similarly a draw, quoted by BetVictor at 12/5, could be on the cards in the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland.
Down at the bottom, Partybets post 7/5 against Blackburn easing their relegation worries with a victory over an Aston Villa side reeling from the loss of Darren Bent to an ankle injury, Paddy Power make Fulham 4/7 to send Wolves home from Craven Cottage empty-handed but the other two contests involving teams in trouble may be set to finish all square; Boylesports offering 9/4 for Wigan and Swansea to be inseparable and bet365 rating QPR at 23/10 to divide the points with Everton. Finally, at the Britannia Stadium, Ladbrokes quote Stoke at 10/11 to get the better of Norwich.
Tottenham’s slim hopes of being crowned Premier League champions are all but over after the demoralising 5-2 derby defeat to rivals Arsenal, a result made all the more remarkable by the fact that Spurs led 2-0 at one stage, but Harry Redknapp’s men still have the small matter of Champions League qualification to guarantee in the final dozen games of the campaign.
Subsequently, Tottenham can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves especially as Manchester United are the visitors to White Hart Lane this weekend and Spurs are 15/8 outsiders at Skybet to at least exert some influence on the title race by seeing off Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, Boylesports’ 8/5 favourites.
Redknapp’s charges have an outstanding home record, with ten wins and just one defeat – against leaders Manchester City – from thirteen matches on their own patch. They can’t be written off then, despite United’s strength on the road and Blue Square’s 9/4 for the spoils to be shared is therefore worth considering, alongside a 1-1 scoreline at 11/2 via bet365.
The champions struggled to see off Norwich a week ago and on that basis the hosts would appeal at 21/20 in William Hill’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market were it not for the absence of inspirational midfielder Scott Parker through suspension. Nevertheless, Tottenham can still avoid defeat (8/15, Stan James) and potentially able to help them achieve as much is former United front man Louis Saha, who is 7/1 courtesy of Skybet to continue the bright start to his Spurs career by breaking the deadlock.