There are just two games with any real significance taking place this weekend in the Premier League. They are Newcastle v Arsenal and Tottenham v Sunderland. Both London clubs are battling to secure fourth spot in the league and thus Champions League football next season.
Tottenham v Sunderland
Sunderland manager Di Canio has washed away any ideas that his players had of jetting off into the sunset immediately after their game with Spurs. He and only he will decide when they can indeed go on holiday and will partly base his decision on their level of performance on Sunday. It was reported that some of the players had planned to fly away directly after the game from an airport in London with flights apparently already booked. No chance. So, no easy game in store for Villas-Boas then. Well lets face it, it was never going to be easy anyway under the pressure. And besides, even a win might not be enough if their London neighbours manage to beat Newcastle.
Form wise, when you exclude the Black Cats’ 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa, they are unbeaten in four matches and have lost by more than one goal only once in their last 14 matches. Extraordinary stat! There is no doubting that Tottenham are in great form but I feel that they will face tough opposition on Sunday and won’t have everything their own way. In the end, I reckon it will be a close match.
So, here is what I am thinking. I believe that Spurs are massively under-priced at odds of 3/10 so that leaves me with two options. I don’t think Sunderland will win. Do I be brave and suggest backing Sunderland or Draw’ at odds of 11/4 or do I opt for the safer option of backing them to not lose by more than one goal at odds of 20/21? I think both offer really good value but the later edges it for me.
Bet Selection: Sunderland (+2) @20/21 with Boylesports (Sunderland can win, draw or be beaten by one goal)
Newcastle v Arsenal
Arsenal know what is required. 3 points and they will be in the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season. A remarkable achievement. They face a Newcastle side who have been conceding plenty of goal lately and are finding difficult to hit the net themselves. Arsenal have the best away form in the league at the moment. They have the experience required for this type of game.
Besides pride, I see little to motivate Alan Pardew’s men in this match and I’m not sure they will be ready for the battle. I expect Arsenal to leave nothing to chance and attempt to take the lead in the first half. With that in mind, the half-time/full-time market looks the bet to be on.
Bet Selection: Arsenal to win (Half-time/Full-time) @ 6/4 with 888Sport