Arsenal may well be celebrating after a much needed win over West Ham, but both (interim) manager and players alike know that they cannot rest on their laurels, for the simple reason that Manchester City come to the Emirates on Sunday.
It’s fair to say this ground has been a happy destination for City in recent times and after losing to Manchester United last weekend, they will be a club that once again represents something of a wounded animal and what does a wounded animal do?
Quite simply, they lash out at anyone who tries to get near them and that is bad news for Arsenal, who are looking more sloth than predator at the moment. Anyway, that’s enough of my David Attenborough impression, back to the football.
Regardless of form and results for both sides, there is no doubt that their respective defences are incredibly vulnerable and this is a game that certainly promises goals. With that in mind, the Both Teams To Score market is the one that looks the most appealing.
If you think both Arsenal and Manchester City will concede at least a goal each on Sunday, you can back it at 1.44 and although this bet alone will not make you rich, it does look like one the bankers of the weekend.
Summary: Both Teams To Score in North London
GIVE IT DUNC
With Duncan Ferguson at the Everton helm, the Toffees look a team transformed and after making light work of Chelsea last Saturday, many will wonder if the new manager bounce can continue this weekend,
That’s because Big Dunc takes his rejuvenated group of players to Old Trafford and with Manchester United in Europa League duty on Thursday night, there is a chance that Everton could get something out of this.
Admittedly the visitors will be the heavy outsiders in this one, but if you look at the way they played against Chelsea and in a throwback 4-4-2 formation to boot, this could represent one of the value bets of the weekend.
With Everton priced at the rather inviting odds of 5.00, it might be worth a quid and if Everton’s caretaker manager wins this one, he will only strengthen his case of getting the job on a full-time basis.
Summary: United become unstuck on Sunday
LEICESTER ON CLOUD NINE
Leicester are doing their very best to make this at least a two-horse title race and although Liverpool are romping clear at the moment, all Brendan Rodgers and his players can do is keep winning league matches.
Something that they have done with ease recently and after getting the better of Aston Villa last Sunday, it is now eight in a row for the Foxes and that in itself, is a new club record for the 2016 Premier League champions.
The aim now will be to make it nine in a row and with Norwich coming to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, that should not be too much of an issue. However, that is not the market we are looking at for this tip.
That’s because Leicester have Jamie Vardy within their ranks and with 16 league goals to his name, the goals forecast is high, especially when you consider how much of an expensive style Norwich seem to have.
Therefore, the over 2.5 total goals market is the one that has caught our attention and at odds of 1.40 it looks a nice bit of accumulator fodder, now all you have to do is sit back and watch a bundle of goals go in.
Summary: Back Over 2.5 between Leicester vs Norwich
CHELSEA PLUCK BOURNEMOUTH’S CHERRY
Chelsea start the weekend in fourth and although there is a comfortable buffer between themselves and the Champions League place chasing pack, manager Frank Lampard knows that his side cannot afford too many more stutters.
Which means the visit of Bournemouth this weekend, is one that will be very much welcomed and especially when you consider that Eddie’s Howe men have lost all of their last five Premier League outings.
With Nathan Ake going off injured last Saturday, Bournemouth will be even more susceptible to conceding goals and therefore a 2-0 Chelsea win at odds of 8.50, has certainly caught my weekend tip attention.
Summary: Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth. Do it.