Tottenham v Arsenal
Not the worst fixture in the world to ease us into the weekend! Both of these clubs had their title odds slashed at 10pm on Tuesday night after Leicester’s inability to see off West Brom. Less than 24 hours later however both had fluffed their respective lines and been pushed out. It’s D-Day at White Hart Lane on Saturday where a defeat for Arsenal should surely drive a Bowie knife through the jugular of their title bid and may even sound the death knell for Arsene Wenger’s historic reign at the club. I’ve had a long think about this one and can see it ending as a draw, which under the circumstances will be about as much use as a waterproof tea bag to both protagonists.
Betting: Draw at 5/2 (Bet Victor)
Chelsea v Stoke
Chelsea are on a roll but Stoke have won their last three and deserve respect here. You also have to factor in next week’s Champions League return and the possibility big Guus rests a few key men at the weekend. If he does both teams to score becomes the lock of all locks.
Betting: Both teams to score at 21/20 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Everton v West Ham
The Hammers are another team who’ve won three on the spin. In fact it’s four wins from five and after downing Spurs I don’t see how they are bigger than 4/1 to win at Everton. The Toffees are a good side on paper but so often this season have served up pure horse sh*t at Goodison.
Betting: West Ham to win at 21/5 (Bet Victor)
Manchester City v Aston Villa
City are out to 8/1 for the title after a sorry capitulation at Anfield. And there were few watching more sorry than yours truly who’d lumped on both teams to score and Sergio Aguero anytime. So nice one for that Manuel Pellegrini, you old penis wrinkle.
Betting: Manchester City (-2) to win at 8/5 (Paddy Power)
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Contrasting fortunes for these two in the week. The Cherries moved away from bother down at the bottom but the Mags are second bottom now and staring down the barrel. They’ve lost four of their last five matches and need three points here like the desert needs the rain. Stevie Mac is under huge pressure on Tyneside but my hunch is he could galvanise the players here and I might have a small play on the Toon in the draw no bet market.
Betting: Newcastle to win (draw no bet) at 19/20 (Coral)
Southampton v Sunderland
Newcastle’s big rivals Sunderland head to the south coast to take on a Saints side who’ve lost their way a bit recently. Three points might be just beyond the Black Cats at St Mary’s, but scoring down there certainly isn’t. Fabio Borini was the hero for Sunderland in the week and what the former Liverpool man lacks in quality he certainly makes up for in Italian shouty-ness.
Betting: Borini to score anytime at 5/1 (Betfred)
Swansea v Norwich
Following that outlandish win at the Emirates the bounce factor alone should be good enough to see Swansea past Norwich here. It’s all gone wrong for Alex Neil but if the worst happens and he ends up getting the sack after Norwich are relegated, he could always try his hand at the lookalike circuit as an alcoholic Jason Statham.
Betting: Swansea to win 2-0 at 17/2 (Bet Victor)
Watford v Leicester
They are all big games now for Leicester, whose players will have been given a huge psychological lift on Wednesday night as all their title rivals crashed and burned. The Foxes are 6/4 to beat Watford, who they saw off 2-1 at home earlier this season. I still feel they will badly miss inspirational midfielder N’Golo Kante however, and for this reason don’t see them as banker material here. For the Hornets Etienne Capoue was a revelation at Old Trafford in the week down that left hand side. He created several chances and almost scored himself from 25 yards. If he turns up here in the same mood, 12/1 quotes about him scoring his first of the season should be jumped all over.
Betting: Capoue to score anytime at 12/1 (Stan James)
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
The Eagles picked up what could prove a priceless point on Wearside the other night but will want to build on that by getting a result here against the Reds. It’s been a funny old week for Liverpool. Denied silverware in a penalty shoot out to Manchester City, they then go and exact a bit of revenge against the same opponents just three days later by hammering them 3-0. Ordinarily I’d be on Liverpool here at 5/4 but with a massive European game against bitter rivals Man United to follow I am almost certain Herr Klopp will be shuffling his pack again so might punt the score draw instead.
Betting: 2-2 draw at 18/1 (bet365)
West Brom v Manchester United
That’s four wins in a row now for Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal has not given up hope of a top four finish – or salvaging his Manchester United career. Despite turning into something of a parody this season (see poking himself in the eye with a pencil at Shrewsbury and throwing himself to the floor against Arsenal) LVG has proved time and time again in the past that he has the minerals. Weeks ago it looked all over for the Dutchman but his side have suddenly clicked and all of a sudden that outrageous bouffant has never looked so slick.
Betting: Manchester United to win at both teams to score at 4/1 (Coral)