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Two reasons why Liverpool and United will beat Arsenal and Tottenham


Some superb action on Sky Sports this weekend with Liverpool playing host to Arsenal and Manchester United squaring off against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Here’s a look at each game (plus West Brom v Chelsea) and the best betting odds for them.

While Liverpool enjoy their home advantage against Arsenal, United will rely on Ferguson and Rooney to guide them through a difficult game against Tottenham where they have usually gotten good results without always playing at their best.

Liverpool v Arsenal

The first game takes place at 12.45pm on Saturday (Sky Sports 2), and Liverpool look cracking value at 2.1 with Boylesports and Paddy Power to beat the Gunners

The Reds are unbeaten at Anfield this season and although they have struggled against some mediocre opponents they have done well in games against the major sides.

They have beaten Arsenal at the Emirates, and notched wins over Chelsea, Man City and Man United in cup competitions.

Kenny Dalglish’s side also come into this on a high having bagged their first silverware in the Carling Cup, and although they were not at their best and made to fight to the bitter end by the Welsh side the win has put the club on a high.

They face a side who have been beaten eights times this season – five of which came against teams in the top half of the table.

Also, prior to last week’s 5-2 win over Spurs, the Gunners had been really struggling and looked woeful in their 4-0 mauling at the hands of AC Milan in the Champions League.

They have also lost four of their last nine matches and have kept just three clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League away matches, and a record which has put Arsene Wenger firmly under pressure.

By stark contrast Dalglish can do little wrong at present, and the return to action of Luis Suarez has been a boost and cutting edge to the side.

The Uruguayan striker is looking as sharp as ever, and makes plenty of appeal at 6 with Betfred and Boylesports to net the opener.

You can also get 2.4 with Paddy Power about him netting anytime and that looks a huge price given the frailties of the Arsenal defence.

Tottenham v Manchester United

The attention then switches to London on Sunday, and Man United have to be the bet at 2.5 with Betfred and Paddy Power to beat Harry Redknapp’s men (4pm KO, Sky Sports 1)

The home side have won none of their last 21 Premier League games against the Red Devils (D5 L16) and have also failed to find the back of the net in 13 of their last 20 meetings in the league.

They also come into the game on the back of a 5-2 thrashing by Arsenal after falling apart having been 2-0 up.

That makes United look a solid punt at the odds on offer, especially as Wayne Rooney is fit and ready for action after recovering from a throat infection that ruled him out of the last two games and England’s friendly against Holland in midweek.

Rooney made his PL debut against Spurs and has netted scored six goals in his last seven outings against them.

He is a 6 chance with Boylesports and Paddy Power to score first, and available at 2.6 with Paddy Power to net anytime in the 90 minutes.

Both look excellent value.

Whoever gets the opener, United really should prove too strong for their opponents.

They have the best away record in the top flight – having only tasted defeat once all season at the hands of Newcastle – and have now won five of their last six games which included wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are beginning to string results together in an ominous fashion, and I don’t think Spurs have it in them to stop them bagging another three points.

West Brom v Chelsea

The other match which appeals from a betting perspective is West Brom v Chelsea, where the Blues look a terrific bet at even money (2) with Paddy Power.

Andres Villas-Boas is a man under pressure following a poor run of form in the Premiership and a disastrous Champions League loss at the hands of Napoli, but will have taken plenty of encouragement from his side’s 3-0 win over Bolton last weekend.

That was a vital win for the Blues, and this is the prefect game in which to follow up.

Chelsea have lost just one of their seven away games to sides in the bottom half of the league, and have won 18 and lost one of their last 20 matches in all competitions against the Baggies.

They have also won all 11 meetings against them in the Premier League, and their opponents have netted just four times in those encounters.

That makes excellent reading from a Chelsea point of view, especially when you throw in the fact that West Brom have managed to win just three times on their own patch and lost half of their last 10 matches.

Didier Drogba who has scored eight goals in eight against West Brom in the PL, and at 6 with bet365Boylesports and Paddy Power and that has to be a bit of value.

However given his record a far better bet is surely for him to net anytime during the 90 minutes at a very tasty 2.8 with bet365 and Paddy Power.

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Comments (3)

  1. totally one sided about the liverpool-arsenal match. ignores liverpools problems (they only just beat a team 6th in the championship by being the less bad at penalties!) and forgets about arsenals good results against sunderland, blackburn and spurs in the league. Van persie has scored about 20 more than suarez yet the latter is talked about as the likely goalscorer. Arsenal and liverpool both have good chances but RVP could swing it. 2-0 arsenal if he plays but 1-1 if he doesn’t.

  2. glad i’m not the only person who thought this article was biased junk. and what do you know? arsenal won. don’t care about all the chances for liverpool they were the rested side (since they have so few international) and they were fortunate to even score the goal they did. you might be right about united winning but i seriously hope you don’t give yourself credit for that.

  3. haha Loserpool lost! 2-1 thanks to RVP