Arsenal look great value to continue their good form this weekend, while we’ve also got our betting tip for Manchester United’s trip to Premier League title contenders Liverpool.
Banker of the Weekend: Arsenal to beat Southampton at 19/20
Easy decision this week, with the in-form Gunners a confident pick at a shade off even money against the absolute rabble that is Southampton right now.
In time, Ralph Hasenhuttl may prove an inspired, progressive choice for a club that was going precisely nowhere under Mark Hughes. But it will take time for his influence to be felt, and even then it would be asking a lot for Southampton to get a result against Unai Emery’s confident side.
It’s now 14 Premier League games unbeaten for Arsenal, with 10 wins in that time. Away from home they’ve beaten the likes of Cardiff, Newcastle, Fulham and Newcastle. The draw at Crystal Palace is the only relevant fly in the ointment here.
Southampton, meanwhile, are yet to win at home this season and were well beaten by a Chelsea side currently locked on 34 points with Arsenal in the freakishly fast-paced three-way London sprint for two Champions League spots.
The Gunners’ similarities with Chelsea are pertinent here. Because Chelsea are also in action on Sunday away at a Brighton side who have lost just once in the league at home this season and have won three of their last four at the Amex. They sit comfortably mid-table, yet Chelsea are 1/2 to leave with the three points. Arsenal at almost twice that price against worse opposition is cracking business.
Long shot of the Weekend: Manchester United to beat Liverpool at 5/1
It shouldn’t happen. It probably won’t happen. But it isn’t a 5/1 shot either. Jose Mourinho may no longer be able to inspire his team to perform on a regular basis but he lives for this kind of game.
Liverpool will, in all likelihood, have to beat their big rivals or face instantly relinquishing the top spot they fought so hard for. It brings its own pressure, while there could even be some semblance of pressure from below if Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea all prevail in eminently winnable fixtures.
United have been so poor this season, but they have won away at Juventus and drawn at Chelsea. And unlike their often soporific home performances, United have at least produced goals on the road. They’ve scored in all 11 of their Premier and Champions League away fixtures, and at least twice in eight of those.
United have a formidable record in this fixture, winning two and drawing two of their last four Premier League trips to Anfield. You have to go back to March 2014 for Liverpool’s last league win over United and, against the odds, that wait could yet go on.
Goalscorer of the Weekend: Son Heung-Min e.w. to score the first goal v Burnley at 4/1
After a tricky start to the season when the South Korean was understandably physically and mentally drained having led his nation to an Asian Games title that also secured his exemption from compulsory military service, Son Heung-Min is now flying.
He has scored in three of Tottenham’s last four Premier League games and with slightly more composure in front of goal would have more to his name. He missed two great chances against Chelsea before eventually scoring what proved to be November’s goal of the month, while his opener against Leicester last weekend was scarcely less impressive.
He also had plenty of chances at Barcelona on Tuesday night and should get plenty more against a Burnley side that has shipped 11 in the last four on the road.
Acca of the Weekend: Watford, West Ham and Arsenal all to win, and Palace v Leicester draw at 24.74/1
You can’t always be sure what you’ll get with Watford, who are very much Paul Merson’s current bag of Revels. But there is some reason to think their current statistically poor run comes with plenty of caveats. They’ve lost their last two home games, but those came against Liverpool and Manchester City. The home game before that was a 3-0 win over Huddersfield, while the 2-2 draw at Everton was so nearly a win.
With Cardiff, who have taken just a single point on the road this season at 10-man Huddersfield, the visitors this weekend, the Hornets should be back to winning ways.
West Ham have won three on the spin and face a Fulham side that has lost eight of the last 10, while we’ve covered the powerful case for Arsenal at almost even money above.
Lastly, and to really give the price a lift, we’ll take a bit of a pun on a draw between Palace and Leicester. The Foxes’ last two away games have been 1-1 draws at Brighton and Fulham; Palace have drawn two of their last five at Selhurst Park, where goals have been scarce this season with just 12 in total in seven games.
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