Premier League round 29 preview: Tottenham and Arsenal to lock horns in north London derby
Meanwhile, defending champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth, and Everton host Liverpool in the Merseyside derby
There will be plenty of fire and passion in the 29th round of matches in the FA Premier League, with two major derbies set to take place this coming weekend. On Saturday afternoon (2 March) Tottenham and Arsenal meet in the north London derby, while on the same day defending champions Manchester City head to Bournemouth. And on the Sunday afternoon, Liverpool head to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the Merseyside derby.
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First up, the clash between Tottenham and Arsenal on Saturday afternoon. Spurs will be looking to bounce back from a hugely disappointing defeat to Burnley last time out, not to mention they lost 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium back in December in the reverse fixture.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have won their last two league outings on the bounce and will be looking to make it a hat-trick at Wembley. The Gunners currently sit fourth in the table but are at 3.00 to manager a top four finish come the end of the season.
And it is Tottenham who come into this match as the clear favourites to take all three points. You can back Spurs to claim local bragging rights at just 1.85, while Arsenal are out at 3.80 to make it three league victories in a row – a draw is at the same odds.
And we are expecting home advantage to play a deciding factor in this derby. A narrow, 2-1 win for Spurs is priced at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out, while you can more than triple your money by backing a combo bet of a Tottenham win, coupled with both teams to score, at 3.50, according to Oddsshark.
City head to Bournemouth needing all three points
On the same day, defending league champions Manchester City head south to visit Bournemouth in search of a vital win. The Cherries are without a win in their last three league outings but are still holding down a place in the top half of the table.
City, by way of comparison, have won their last three league games in a row and look to be peaking at the perfect moment in the title race. A win here could take them to the top of the table – temporarily, at least – while they are the favourites to retain their domestic crown at 1.53.
It is therefore of little surprise to see that City come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to pick up the win. You can back the champions to make it four victories on the bounce while Bournemouth, despite home advantage, are all the way out at 11.00 to record what would be a shock victory – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.75.
This should be a comfortable afternoon for City. A 3-1 win for the champions is priced competitively at 11.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can more than double your money by backing a Manchester City victory, coupled with both teams to score, at 2.40.
Everton and Liverpool meet in Merseyside derby
And finally, Everton host Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon. The Toffees picked up a much needed win away at Cardiff this past Tuesday night, and could move into the top half of the table if they beat their old rivals this weekend, depending on how other results go.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last seven matches across all competitions and sit top of the table. They are at 2.62 to win their first ever Premier League title.
And it is table toppers Liverpool who come into this derby as the red-hot favourites to take the points. You can back the league leaders to win at just 1.57, with Everton out at 5.25 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.20.
Liverpool’s technical quality should see them home and dry here. A 2-0 win for the Reds is priced at 8.50, while you can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10.
Premier League round 29 fixtures:
Saturday, 2 March
(1.85) Tottenham x Arsenal (3.80); draw (3.80)
(11.00) Bournemouth x Manchester City (1.25); draw (5.75)
(1.72) Brighton x Huddersfield (5.25); draw (3.40)
(2.62) Burnley x Crystal Palace (2.62); draw (3.25)
(1.50) Manchester United x Southampton (6.00); draw (4.33)
(1.44) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Cardiff City (6.50); draw (4.50)
(2.00) West Ham United x Newcastle United (4.00); draw (3.20)
Sunday, 3 March
(2.30) Watford x Leicester (3.10); draw (3.30)
(6.00) Fulham x Chelsea (1.60); draw (3.60)
(5.25) Everton x Liverpool (1.57); draw (4.20)
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