Kurt Bristoll gives his five tips for this weekend’s vital fixtures, which sees Arsenal and Tottenham face off in one of the most important north London derbies in recent times.
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal – Tottenham to win
The early game on Saturday will be one of the biggest and most important North London derbies of recent memory. Second-placed Spurs are three points clear of Arsenal, who currently sit third, and a win for either team will be a huge step towards challenging for the Premier League title. Last Sunday saw Tottenham coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win at home to Swansea, whereas Arsenal were beaten 3-2 by a very weakened Man United team. Tottenham have won four out of their last five home matches, while Arsenal have just one away win in their last five matches. I expect this match to be hotly contested, but for Spurs to come out on top.
Best price – 8/5 with Bet Victor
Man City vs Aston Villa – Man City -2 handicap
The second best attack in the league faces the worst defence in the league as Man City host Aston Villa. City will be looking to redeem themselves after losses to Tottenham and Leicester put a dent in their chase for the Premier League title. Villa have been nothing short of awful this season and are almost certainly going to playing the Championship next year. These two met at the end of January in the FA Cup, and City went on to win 4-0; I can see a similar scoreline in this one, and if City score early on, it could get ugly for Aston Villa.
Best price – 13/8 with Paddy Power
Reading vs Fulham – Reading to win
Two mid-table sides come head-to-head on Saturday as Reading host Fulham. Neither side has impressed much this year, and both will be looking to end the season in style. Reading are in good form and are unbeaten in their last eight games at home, winning five and drawing three; Fulham have a terrible away record, and have only one away win in their last 11 games on the road. This one should be a fairly comfortable match for Reading.
Best price – 11/10 with Sky Bet
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United – Man United to win
West Brom are currently 11 points outside of the relegation zone and will be very pleased with how this season is going for them. United, meanwhile, are in fifth place, and whilst they still have an outside chance of breaking the top four, it seems quite unlikely. United have put in some good performances recently, especially last Sunday, when they beat Arsenal 3-2, making it three wins in a row for them in all competitions. West Brom have won only one of their last five home games, and with United gaining some real momentum, I expect the Red Devils to get another three points here.
Best price – 4/5 with Bet365
Real Sociedad vs Levante – Real Sociedad to win
Real Sociedad are just four points off Athletic Bilbao in seventh place, and if they continue the form that they are in, they have a very good chance of catching Athletic and gaining qualification for the Europa League. Levante are rock bottom of La Liga, and it’s difficult to see a way out for them. Sociedad are playing well, and have won four and drawn one of their last five games; Levante, on the other hand, have lost all of their last seven games away from home. This seems like it will be an easy win for Real Sociedad.
Best price – 6/10 with William Hill
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