Arsenal look set to boost their chances of finishing in the top four this weekend as they head to relegated QPR. Skybet price the Gunners at 4/9 to overcome a Rangers side that already looks to have given up a touch and as Harry Redknapp’s men aren’t exactly the most cohesive defensive unit, they could be the perfect opposition for Arsene Wenger’s side at this stage in the campaign.
Winless in six, the hosts have nothing going for them ahead of this one, their home record the worst in the top flight and if Arsenal can build up a head of steam, as they’re more than capable of doing against weaker opposition, it could get pretty ugly for QPR at Loftus Road.
The Gunners are definitely worth an interest in the handicaps at 6/5 (Ladbrokes) when kicking off a goal behind and it’s even tempting to consider the visitors from two goals back at 3/1 via Paddy Power.
At White Hart Lane, it’s 1/2 courtesy of Ladbrokes for Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham to keep up their pursuit of a Champions League place as they entertain Southampton.
Saints were hammered at home by West Brom last weekend and they can suffer a similar fate against Spurs, who are 13/10 in Stan James’s handicaps when starting a goal in arrears.
At the bottom, Wigan are starting to look doomed and BetVictor post 29/20 against West Brom worsening the Latics’ plight as the two lock horns at the Hawthorns. Similarly hapless Newcastle could emerge empty-handed at West Ham, an outcome the same firm offers at 11/8 but Stan James’s 2/1 outsiders Aston Villa can build on their 6-1 success against Sunderland by defeating Norwich at Carrow Road, where Christian Benteke is 2/1 via bwin to score at any time.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes price Fulham at 8/11 to beat a Reading side already planning for life in the Championship next season while toppled champions Manchester City (3/4, Paddy Power) can tighten their grip on second by securing the points at Swansea.
Theo Walcott to score first – 9/2 (William Hill)
Christian Benteke to score at any time – 2/1 (bwin)
Arsenal (-2) and Tottenham (-1) in a handicap double – 15/2 (Paddy Power)
Aston Villa to beat Norwich – 2/1 (Stan James)