A DAMP NORTH LONDON DERBY
Usually a North London derby would see an almighty amount of build-up, one that would almost start as soon the previous fixture round had closed. Although, with Tottenham and Arsenal set to meet on Sunday, the intensity certainly seems to be lacking.
One reason for this, is that the Premier League action has come so thick and fast, that its difficult to know when one gameweek starts or stops and that’s before you even decipher what day of the week it actually is.
Then again, there is perhaps a more pertinent reason and with neither of these two outfits threatening to finish in the top four this season, the usual flames that come with such a storied rivalry, have been somewhat dampened.
Add the fact that both Tottenham and Arsenal are viewed as being in transition and therefore Messrs Mourinho and Arteta, are having to construct a respective team that can only be viewed as a work in progress.
Which means neither team is anywhere near running on full cylinders and although the Gunners have had the better form coming into Sunday’s meeting, they’re do have an air of susceptibility on the road.
Then again, Tottenham’s attack has been as blunt as a duvet in the past week and you even wonder, whether they have the personnel to put Arsenal’s potentially leaky defence to the sword this weekend.
With that said, goal bets do look to be the order of the day and a both teams to score bet looks the best shout here, with odds of 1.6 suggesting that the bookmakers think this will be the case. Although if you want to fatten it up, you could also add the anytime goal market to make a double.
If you are of a Tottenham supporter and you think Kane will find his shooting boots, you can double up at odds of 2.83 and if you are a dye in the wool Gunner, it’s the shorter 2.65 for Aubameyang.
Summary: Back BTTS and fatten it up with the talisman if you wish
NORWICH SENT PACKING
Is this the weekend in which Norwich are sent back down to the EFL Championship? It could very well be and when you consider that they’ve lost each of their last six league outings, time is drastically running out for the East Anglian outfit.
They’ve certainly not disgraced themselves this season, but when you consider that they’ve scored an average of just 0.76 goals a game, that is the currency that will dictate whether they stay up or go down.
It is going to have to take a remarkable set of result combinations for Norwich to stay up and I don’t think even their most ardent fans will believe it will be done, a statement that could also apply to their players.
It’s almost as if they have become consigned to their own fate and if they have nothing to offer on Saturday, it could provide the perfect opportunity for West Ham to move further clear of the relegation zone.
The Hammers’ mini run was halted in midweek when they lost to Burnley, although were it not for Nick Pope in the opposition goal, the Claret and Blues may well have picked up at least a point for their effort.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for David Moyes’ men and although a blank would have been a bitter pill to swallow, there is every chance that a trip to Carrow Road this Saturday will provide the perfect tonic.
Especially when you consider that the Hammers are priced at 2.00 to win and although they aren’t a side known for swashbuckling away performances, Norwich look done and dusted and should be able to rollover on this one.
Summary: Back West Ham to win and send Norwich down.
A QUICK BLITZ
Chelsea seem to be dishing out the goals as of late and with an average of 2.4 scored in their post-restart phase and also no less than 2 per game in each of the five Premier League contests they have been a part of, backing Over 2.5 total goals against Sheffield United at odds of 2.00 looks shrewd.
Summary: Back Over 2.5 at Bramall Lane this weekend