There are two games on tonight, and the pick of these is undoubtedly Everton v Arsenal. There is a stark contrast in form between these 2 teams, with Everton losing 3 and drawing 2 of their last 5 league games and Arsenal winning 3 and drawing 2 of theirs. The Gunners have won the last 3 meetings between the two, including a 2-0 win at Goodison in March. Alexis Sánchez picked up an assist in that game and has 2 assists and 5 goals from his last 3 league matches. He has to be fancied here against a team that have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 5 league games and as a result is 10/3 to secure the first goal – make this each way with bet365 for a pay-out of 1/3 odds for unlimited places in 90 mins.
In the other game of the day, Leicester is traveling to Bournemouth hoping for a second consecutive win for the first time this season in the Premier League. Ranieri’s men reminded us what it is to be the champion with an amazing performance against Man City (4-2). Vardy is back after scoring a hat-trick and this must be huge push for him psychologically. However, looking into the game purely from a betting angle, the away win at odds higher than 3.00 is good enough for us.
Onto Wednesday, and another game between sides with contrasting fortunes as league leaders Chelsea travel north to face the team who are propping everyone else up, Sunderland. Chelsea are looking for a tenth successive victory and will be looking to Diego Costa for the goals to achieve this, at 3/1 he’s favourite with bet365 to find the back of the net first. His winner at the weekend against West Brom means that he has now scored or assisted in 13 of his 15 league appearances this season. He’s the league’s leading scorer and on paper should be helping himself to plenty more in Chelsea’s next 4 matches, which are all against clubs that currently sit in the bottom half of the table. Despite all the stats and H2H between the two teams, we fancy a big upset in the Stadium of Light and the home win is priced at 9.00 with bet365. Crazy? Okay, we’ll see…
Man City’s game against Watford is one that should produce goals at both ends and as such is 4/5 with bet365. City’s defence were all over the place in their 4-2 defeat to Leicester at the weekend and they’ve kept just 2 clean sheets in their 15 league games in this campaign. Watford’s Roberto Pereyra could therefore be a decent shout to get on the scoresheet in this fixture, he’s back from suspension for this one and will cause problems for that shaky defence. The Hornets have plenty of defensive issues themselves, having conceded at least 6 goals more than anyone else in the top half. They’ve shipped 9 in their last 2 away league games and it would be a major shock if they were to keep Man City’s potent attack at bay. Nolito looked dangerous in his 23 minutes on the pitch on Saturday evening and got himself on the scoresheet. Bearing in mind the performance of his teammates in that one he may well have done enough to get himself into the starting line-up and should provide potential for a good points haul if he gets the nod.
Tottenham were not at their best in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United, but should get back to winning ways in a fixture that looks as one-sided as they come. They face Hull City, who have won just 1 of their last 13 league games and have failed to score on each of their last 3 league visits to White Hart Lane. Don’t forget too that Spurs had the joint-best defensive record in the league last season and they’ve continued that form into the 2016-17 campaign, with no-one conceding less than them so far this term. Therefore a clean sheet at 8/11 will be a favoured bet by many.
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* Prices correct as of 12.30 GMT 08/12/16
** Odds mentioned in this article do not represent our tips for the respective matches but are used for promotional purposes.