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.
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.
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.
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.
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.