Arsenal remain top of the Premier League following the hard-fought 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace but they face one of their biggest tests of the season so far as they entertain high-flying Liverpool.
Unbeaten in the league since the opening day, the Gunners are BetVictor’s 5/4 favourites to maintain that record by collecting all three points while the Reds, who have only suffered one defeat themselves, are Stan James’s 9/4 outsiders and it’s 5/2 with William Hill to finish all square at the Emirates Stadium.
The corresponding fixture last term proved inconclusive and a repeat of the 2-2 scoreline from that January contest might lure one or two speculative punters at odds of 13/1 courtesy of BetVictor.
Alternatively, bet365 quote 3/1 for any score draw and despite Arsenal’s home advantage, that’s arguably the best bet in North London given the form of the visiting strike force. Indeed, any team that possesses a partnership as potent as Reds duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, has to be respected and the pair aren’t without appeal at 8/5 (bet365) and 2/1 (Winner.com) respectively, to notch at any time.
Manchester United again looked vulnerable last weekend, albeit in victory, this time against Stoke, so they don’t exactly set the pulse racing at 8/13 (Skybet) ahead of their trip to Fulham. The champions should ultimately come out on top but the price is too short and a shrewder wager would be on Robin van Persie, at 11/10 with BetVictor, to score at any time for the third game on the bounce.
It should be an easier afternoon for United’s neighbours Man City, who are 2/9 at best via Paddy Power to send Norwich home empty-handed and 6/4 in bet365’s handicaps when kicking off two goals behind. Meanwhile, at Goodison Park, Sunday’s collision between two in-form sides, Everton and Spurs, is 23/10 (Stan James) to end in stalemate.
High-flying Southampton might also have to settle for a point, at Stoke, a result betway chalk up at 23/10, Cardiff and Swansea are 12/5 with BetVictor to share the spoils in their potentially fiery derby showdown and Stan James make Hull’s clash with Sunderland at 12/5 to be inconclusive.
Double on Suarez and Van Persie to score at any time – 4/1 (BetVictor)
Arsenal v Liverpool score draw – 3/1 (bet365)
Double on West Brom and Man City – 9/10 (Coral)
Draw double on games at Everton & Cardiff – 21/2 (BetVictor)