Here we are, back again, with another dose of sports betting previews for the upcoming events this weekend. It’s all about the football this week and, more specifically, derby matches. Let’s take a look and see what’s on offer with bookies across the market.
Tottenham vs Arsenal, Premier League, Wembley Stadium
12:30pm, Saturday 2 March
The Premier League action kicks off this weekend with a hotly anticipated North London Derby between 3rd placed Tottenham and 4th placed Arsenal. Only 4 points separate these two teams in the league table so the pressure is being cranked right up in the lead-up to this match.
Mauricio Pochettino will have concerns after his side lost to Chelsea in midweek. That’s now back-to-back defeats for Spurs in the league for the first time since September 2018. Have the wheels come off their title charge? Is this simply just a blip? Or will they bounce back on home turf after two tricky away games?
The Gunners appear to be putting their own rough patch behind them. Unai Emery’s men have now made it three wins on the bounce in the league after their midweek demolition of Bournemouth. It was a big message to send out to their local rivals ahead of this game. If Mesut Ozil scored in their last game then anything could happen here!
It’s going to be a fascinating game. Tottenham have been far from invincible at Wembley having suffered four defeats in the league there already this season. Arsenal have only won 5 of their 13 away games this campaign. The Gunners have also only won 2 of their last 8 meetings with Tottenham.
This game is so finely poised that backing the draw seems to make the most sense. It could be a case of backing a low-scoring with both teams scoring in only 1 of the past 5 meetings. Backing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime could be worth a shout.
Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 2.25 with Betfred
Draw @ 3.80 with Betfair
Everton vs Liverpool, Premier League, Goodison Park
4:15pm, Sunday 3 March
The Toffees will be looking for a first win against the Reds in this fixture since 17 October, 2010. That’s a staggering 18 meetings across all competitions without the blue side of the city experiencing victory. Wow, that must be depressing.
This season is probably not the best time to build up some optimism if you’re an Everton fan either. Marco Silva’s club are 9th in the table but before their win against Cardiff in midweek had lost 3 in the league on the trot and only won 3 of their previous 14 league matches.
You then take a look across the city and see Liverpool who are going toe-to-toe with Manchester City in a two-horse race (sorry, Tottenham fans!) for the league title having only suffered one defeat in the league all season. To make matters worse, Jurgen Klopp’s men sit proudly on top of the table.
It seems a nearly impossible task for Everton. The fans are already questioning Silva’s abilities and Liverpool are tearing through sides on more occasions than not. It might be a tough game but I can see Liverpool winning by the odd goal and likely keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Liverpool to Win to Nil @ 2.80 with Paddy Power
Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 2.10 with BetVictor
Sheffield Wednesday vs Sheffield United, Championship, Hillsborough
7:45pm, Monday 4 March
The final game in our local derby triple threat comes on Monday night when the Championship takes centre stage. It’s Sheffield arch enemies Wednesday and United going hammer and tongs at each other. Both teams are in-form but who will take the points here?
Steve Bruce finally ended his holiday with the England Cricket Barmy Army Supporters Club out in the Caribbean to take up his role as manager of the Owls at the start of February. He’s been described as a breath of fresh air by some Wednesday fans and it’s easy to see why. 3 wins and 3 draws in his 6 league games in charge with 4 clean sheets achieved during that run. The club is now 12th but only 6 points off the play-offs.
United have their own God-like manager in Chris Wilder. The Blades are 2nd in the table with the prospect of automatic promotion now an ambition they can no longer deny. 4 wins from their last 5 league games has put them within 2 points of league leaders Norwich. Win this game and they could potentially move top of the table.
Wednesday have become a very tough team to beat at home. Even under previous manager Jos Luhukay. They have only lost 3 of their 17 league games at home this season. No other side in the division has lost fewer games at home this season. That’s a record unlikely to worsen under Bruce.
The visiting side have only won 1 of their last 4 league games on the road. It’s also just 8 wins from their 17 away matches in the league this season. On the flip side, they have only lost 1 of their last 7 meetings with Wednesday. Backing the draw is tempting but opting for the home win seems the better selection.
Sheffield Wednesday to Win @ 3.60 with Betway
Sheffield Wednesday to Score First @ 2.38 with Betfair