After a midweek flurry of fixtures, the Premier League returns with sides looking for a final push with 10 games of the season remaining.
Three derbies take place this weekend with Tottenham looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats with a win against North London rivals Arsenal, while league strugglers Fulham face a massive task to get a result against Chelsea. Up in the North West, league leaders Liverpool will hope to keep their momentum going by defeating noisy neighbours Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Read on for more opinion from our football betting expert, including his best bets to look out for.
Tottenham v Arsenal
After two losses on the bounce, Tottenham are now under pressure to maintain their place in the top four with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all winning in midweek. In derbies like these, the home crowd is often pivotal which is perhaps why Mauricio Pochettino’s men edge the betting with Grosvenor Sport at Evens.
Arsenal have been firing on all cylinders lately following their 5-1 win over Bournemouth and they’ll be full of confidence ahead of this match. Mesut Ozil played a big part in their victory and it’s clear that with the German in the side, the Gunners are a much better outfit. Unai Emery’s men are 5/2 to win with Mesut Ozil 5/1 to get on the scoresheet anytime.
Tottenham aren’t in great form at the moment, but I think in a game of this magnitude, they won’t have much trouble motivating themselves to perform well. Despite not drawing a match all season, I just can’t see anything separating the sides, so I’ll back the draw at 5/2.
Fulham v Chelsea
Fulham had a big opportunity to keep their relegations hopes alive with a match against fellow strugglers Southampton in midweek, but a defeat to the Saints now means Fulham require a miracle. Scott Parker is now in charge of the Cottagers following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking and he’ll be hoping that his side can forge some sort of result against a club he used to play.
Chelsea picked up a great result against Tottenham in midweek and it appears the players are fully behind their manager, Maurizio Sarri after the debacle with Kepa Arizzabalaga. Whether Willy Caballero or Kepa take the number one spot this weekend remains to be seen but the truth of the matter is whoever takes up the gloves for this match shouldn’t be tested too much.
It’s difficult to see how Fulham can pull off a result here so I’ll back the visitors to get the victory with their Belgian maestro Eden Hazard getting on the scoresheet. A wincast can be backed at 7/4.
Everton v Liverpool
While little is at stake for Everton as far as the season is concerned, the Toffees will be driven to get a result in order to prevent their Merseyside rivals from winning the league. Marco Silva’s men were on a bad run of form before their 3-0 win to Cardiff on Tuesday and they will hope they can carry that momentum on to Sunday’s late kick-off. Despite the home advantage, they’re big underdogs and can be backed at 9/2.
Question marks started to appear for Liverpool after their goalless draw last weekend against Man Utd but a 5-0 thrashing over Watford appears to have silenced any doubters. Their run-in isn’t too tricky but this match could pose a huge problem for Jurgen Klopp’s men.