Arsenal have won three of their last four matches in the Premier League to enhance their chances of finishing in the Champions League places but they Gunners will face a stern test of their top four mettle on Sunday as they travel to under-fire Liverpool.
Nevertheless, despite the Reds enjoying home advantage, it’s Arsene Wenger’s troops that will kick-off as Stan James’s 6/4 favourites while the hosts are 19/10 with BetVictor to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers by collecting a maximum haul.
Bet365 chalk an Anfield stalemate up at 12/5 and it’s easy to see that price attracting cash given that both teams look far from invincible and as the defences are unlikely to be on top, bet365’s 3/1 about a score draw isn’t without appeal.
More accurately, punters fancying a speculative flutter could do worse than consider BetVictor’s 13/1 for it to finish two-apiece as a match tally of three or more goals (5/6, Winner.com) could be on the cards.
In terms of scorers, there are a host of candidates. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud got back amongst the goals last weekend against Newcastle, Raheem Sterling came close on several occasions for Liverpool at Old Trafford last time out but the man to focus on is Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has struck eight times in his last ten outings for the Gunners and looks cracking at 15/8 (Ladbrokes) to notch at any stage in this clash. Bolder punters can back Sanchez at 6/1 courtesy of Paddy Power to break the deadlock.
Chelsea can re-establish their three-point lead on Monday, William Hill making them 8/13 jollies ahead of the trip to Stoke but it won’t be easy for the Blues at the Britannia Stadium, where an away success by a one-goal margin catches the eye at 5/2 (bet365).
Manchester United continued their revival with a sixth straight win as they saw off rivals Liverpool last weekend and they’re 3/5 at betway to extend their victory streak at Aston Villa. Louis van Gaal’s men meanwhile, combine with their neighbours City and Chelsea in a tempting treble at 12/5 via Stan James.
Third-placed West Ham are enjoying a tremendous campaign and it’s just 4/6 (BetVictor) to get even better as the Hammers welcome rock-bottom Leicester to Upton Park. Also set for a home are rejuvenated Tottenham, a 4/6 chance at Skybet and Winner.com rate Newcastle at 19/20 to claim the Tyne-Wear bragging rights by seeing off neighbours Sunderland at St James’s Park.
In the remaining three fixtures, bet365 mark 6/4 against QPR edging out West Brom, Swansea are overpriced at 31/20 (BetVictor) as they go to Hull and Stan James quote a generous 5/2 about Southampton and Everton sharing the spoils.
West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle treble – 9/2 (William Hill)
Liverpool v Arsenal score draw – 3/1 (bet365)
Southampton and Everton to draw – 5/2 (Stan James)
Chelsea to beat Stoke by one – 5/2 (bet365)