Currently, London clubs are playing second-fiddle in the Premier League to high-flying Mancunian petro-club, Manchester City, and to a lesser extent their city rivals Manchester United.
There’s a distinct possibility of a City-United One-Two in the league this season, with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur arguably the most likely side to put a spanner in the Manc works, although Antonio Conte’s Chelsea might have something to say about that.
This weekend, Spurs will be looking to keep up their run of good form in the North London Derby against Arsenal, while Chelsea travel to the midlands to take on West Brom. Also in action in the capital are Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, who await the arrival of (technically) managerless Everton.
Tottenham to beat Arsenal – 15/8
Spurs are a better team than Arsenal, and probably also have the better manager. The fact that the Lilywhites are playing away from home in this one shouldn’t mitigate these two (highly subjective) facts – after all, it’s not as if the Emirates crowd is known for serving up even a half-intimidating atmosphere.
What’s more, according to Opta, ‘Arsenal haven’t won any of their last six Premier League meetings with Spurs (D4 L2) – their longest ever winless run against their rivals in league competition’. However, per the same source, ‘Tottenham have won only two of their last 32 away league visits to face Arsenal’.
Still, most of those 32 visits will have taken place during a time in which Spurs were crap and Arsenal were good, so the first of those statistics is by far the more relevant.
The away side should take this one relatively comfortably, and at 15/8 there’s significant value in backing this market.
Crystal Palace to beat Everton – 7/5
Going into this one, Everton are on a run of 13 Premier League away games without a win. They also haven’t kept a clean sheet in the same competition since their first match of the season against Stoke, so you’d be forgiven for not having much faith in them getting a result at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
In fairness, it’s not as if Palace have been setting the world alight either. However, per Opta, ‘Despite having scored the fewest Premier League goals this season (4), Crystal Palace have the eighth highest expected goals tally so far (13.81).’
This suggests there’s more to come from the Eagles, and with the added bonus of a new manager bounce, it’s not unreasonable to expect them to do the business and take three points at home.
Chelsea to beat West Brom – 4/7
Chelsea are very good at football. West Brom are not.
Chelsea have one of the world’s finest and most innovative managers. West Brom have Tony Pulis.
A £/€1 stake returns £/€10.84.
- Arsenal v Tottenham – Tottenham to win (15/8)
- Crystal Palace v Everton – Palace to win (7/5)
- WBA v Chelsea – Chelsea to win (4/7)
Odds correct at time of posting.