Live on Skysports 2 & ESPN: Sat 12.45 & 17.30: Sunderland and Tottenham are 12/5 (William Hill) to score four or more goals.
At the Stadium of Light, Tottenham can boost their hopes of a top four finish by edging out Sunderland, a result Ladbrokes price at 11/8 and that’s bad news for chasing Chelsea, although Roberto Di Matteo’s side, at 2/7 with Blue Square, can nevertheless pick up three points of their own as they entertain relegation-threatened Wigan.
Spurs have come out of a winless streak with back to back 3-1 victories, Betfred pricing another one up at 18/1, and it’s goals that can be backed against the Black Cats. Neither team can keep a clean sheet at the moment so Skybet’s 8/11 on both to score is a good place to start while William Hill’s 12/5 on a match with 4 goals or more has to be the bet to follow. Emmanuel Adebayor is a bumper 2/1 to score anytime with Stan James while his counterpart, Nicklas Bendtner, is 3/1 to do the same with the same firm.
At the bottom, Wolves have been cut adrift and it could be about to get worse for Terry Connor’s men, who are 4/6 (BetVictor) to go down at Stoke but Paddy Power’s 7/4 shots Bolton can increase their survival chances with a home win against Fulham and Coral quote Blackburn at 13/5 to snare a point at West Brom. At Anfield, Stan James rate Liverpool at 4/9 to snap a sequence of three straight defeats by sending Aston Villa home empty-handed and an away success could be on the cards at Carrow Road, where Paddy Power make in-form Everton 6/4 to overcome Norwich.
The pressure is already on faltering Manchester City ahead of their visit to Arsenal but the fact that they could realistically be eight points behind Manchester United by the time a ball is kicked at the Emirates Stadium, turns up the heat on Roberto Mancini’s men significantly.
Heading to North London having won just one of their last four in the league, City are Boylesports’ 15/8 outsiders to get the better of a Gunners side, BetVictor’s 6/4 favourites, still seeking to secure a Champions League place. Skybet meanwhile, post 12/5 against a stalemate and as the visitors have drawn their last two, that is set to be well supported.
The fact that Arsenal’s brilliant run came to an end at QPR last weekend lends further appeal to an inconclusive contest so Stan James’ 6/1 posted against a 1-1 scoreline is certainly worth considering and Blue Square’s 9/2 for both halves to end all square is an enticing alternative.
It’s easy to anticipate a high-scoring affair, especially in light of the plethora of tremendous attacking players likely to be in action, but in recent years this fixture hasn’t produced many goals; in fact in only one of City’s last eight visits to Arsenal have the two teams come up with more than two between them and a flutter on a tally of fewer than three, at evens (bet365), therefore makes sense statistically speaking.
Robin Van Persie meanwhile, has been in tremendous form this term and has struck in six of the Gunners’ last seven home matches in all competitions. The Dutch master has to be fancied then at 9/2 in Paddy Power’s first scorer betting and Coral quote the Arsenal front man at 6/5 to notch at any stage.
Looking to tighten their grip on the title Manchester United are just 1/6 via William Hill to extend their lead at the summit, temporarily at least, by seeing off struggling QPR and Sir Alex Ferguson’s side represent decent value at 10/11 (Skybet) to prevail ‘to nil’ for the fifth league match in succession.