The intense rivalry to claim bragging rights in north London is the highlight of the Premier League this weekend, while the fight for spots amongst Europe’s elite continues to bubble up. Join us as we dive into the Premier League and offer up some interesting options for EPL betting in week 35.



A 0-0 bore draw against Bournemouth on Thursday would certainly not have been the kind of preparation Tottenham fans would consider ideal with a north London derby looming. Having won just two of their last 10 fixtures, Mourinho must push his team to step up and pick up the pace for one of the Premier League’s biggest fixtures of the season.

Eric Dier will not feature due to a recently imposed four-game ban, so Spurs may have to set up differently for their first north London derby at their new stadium. With their team currently sat in the middle of the table, Spurs fans know that a win against Arsenal could push them into the centre of the battle for Europa League qualification, with three points possibly hoisting them up into sixth place.


A red card for Nketiah’s late challenge on James Justin last Tuesday saw Arsenal go down to 10 men and ultimately concede against Leicester City, in what became their 14th draw of the season. Now on a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners travel the short distance across the capital to take on their fiercest rivals in a north London derby that should be highly competitive, despite the lack of fan attendance.

With the usual pre-match mind games between Mourinho and the Gunners already catching the attention of the public, Arsenal fans know their team must push aside their dreadful record against the Portuguese manager and capitalise on a shaky Tottenham team. Having scored for Arsenal in the previous 2-2 encounter with Spurs, why not consider Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to fire in another goal this Sunday at 13/12 (2.08) as an option for EPL betting in week 35?


In what looks to be one of the closest games this weekend, Tottenham come out slightly ahead at 8/5 (2.60) to win, with Arsenal’s chances measured at 17/10 (2.70).

Sheffield United

Having put together a three-match unbeaten run, Sheffield United welcome Chelsea to Bramall Lane this Saturday, in what is a must-win fixture for both sides. With John Egan’s late strike against Wolves last Wednesday moving Sheffield United to within a single point of sixth place, three points this weekend could spell a possible Europa League finish for the side that were battling it out in the championship last season.  

Although Chelsea look unstoppable at the moment, Chris Wilder will take confidence from his side’s previous encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which ended in a 2-2 draw.


Chelsea look to defend their newly acquired third place, as the Blues sit one point above Leicester City in the Premier League table. Boasting five wins out of six since the restart, the London team go into their Saturday fixture having bagged eight goals in their last three games.

Although history and form are on their side, Chelsea have a few injuries to worry about, most notably Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante. Securing three points away to Sheffield United with a weakened midfield could prove trickier for the Blues than initially anticipated.


Chelsea come out on top as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with Sheffield United at 26/5 (6.20), to cause an upset.

Manchester United

Having entered the record books by winning their fourth consecutive game by a three-goal margin against Aston Villa last Thursday, Manchester United look like they’re back to their best ahead of a home fixture to Southampton.

Unbeaten since the restart of the league and currently on a five-game winning streak, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will demand his team continue their pursuit of Champions League football, and reestablish themselves amongst the higher echelons of European football. Regardless of Manchester United’s current standing in the game, Mason Greenwood is one of the young starlets of the sport across the continent right now; why not back the 18-year old to score for the Red Devils at 7/6 (2.17)?


Three wins, a loss and a draw since the restart of the league has left Southampton in 12th place, battling it out amongst the mid-table teams. With a comfortable 16-point gap from the relegation zone, the Saints have picked up at points an outstanding rate for a team with seemingly nothing left to play for.

Southampton fans will look to their top scorer, Danny Ings, to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally. The Saints should take the battle to the Red Devils at Old Trafford as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team have already shown they have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United having secured a home 1-1 draw earlier this season.


On account of their recent form and home advantage, Manchester United march into the fixture as favourites at 2/7 (1.28) to win, with the chances of the travelling side, Southampton calculated at 9/1 (10.00).


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Arsenal run riot over awful Everton

Arsenal destroyed Everton with a stunning display that was effectively all over in the first 18 minutes. Arsenal were already 3-0 up with less than 20 minutes on the clock thanks to two goals from Aaron Ramsey and one for Koscielny.

Ramsey went on to complete his first ever hat-trick for the club and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also got off to a wonderful start with a classily taken goal in the 37th minute.

Southampton consign West Brom to a dark place

Southampton left the Baggies floundering at the foot of the table after a 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns. The ground was tinged with sadness anyway after the untimely death of one of its great footballing heroes, Cyrille Regis.

In many ways it was special day for Baggies fans but not special enough to get the win they need to get away from the bottom of the table. West Brom could do with a big Cyrille taking the ball from the half way line and running at defences right now. They haven’t seen any of his thunderously great goals at the Hawthorns for some time but for many the memory of his Goal of the Season winning strike against Norwich City in the 1981/82 season will never be forgotten, and probably never bettered.

Last minute drama at Anfield

Liverpool and Tottenham played out a pulsating at Anfield with some of the best action reserved for the last four minutes.

The game already looked to be heading for a draw (which would have given Liverpool the advantage in the race for the Champions League spots) when Harry Kane missed a penalty many thought should have been adjudged offside. One minute later Mohammed Saleh scored a Messi like goal at the other end to very definitely give the Reds the upper hand. Unbelievably, another disputed penalty three minutes later gave Kane the chance to make amends which he duly did. Nevertheless, Tottenham failed to make any ground on Liverpool, currently occupying third spot, and must do it all again against Arsenal at the weekend.

Eagles win Super Bowl 52

The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 to win the 52nd Super Bowl at the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis.

Tom Brady failed in his bid to take the Patriots to a record equalling sixth Super Bowl. The forty-year old legend was overshadowed by the Eagles, young Quarter-Back Nick Foles in only his second season in Pro Football. Foles became the first player in history to throw and receive a touchdown. The young substitute QB had a sensational game but it could have been very different for Philadelphia had Brady not been dispossessed with two minutes on the clock and the Patriots in play. The Eagles subsequently managed to run the clock down and claim their first ever Vince Lombardi trophy.

American Football fans will be able to see the Eagles play ‘live’ in London when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in October.

Blue on Blue

Champions Chelsea host former champions Leicester City

Current EPL champions Chelsea entertain former champions Leicester City in one of the ties of the weekend. Chelsea will be looking to leapfrog Manchester United into second place, whereas Leicester will be hoping to make up some ground on Burnley and Arsenal having had some poor results over the Christmas period.

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New Year – Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to add to his squad in January to give them some fresh impetus for the New Year. One of the players he is reportedly looking at is former Newcastle and Liverpool forward Andy Carroll. Carroll, who maybe now regrets ever leaving Newcastle could be a good addition for the Geordie side if he is able to maintain a decent level of fitness. Either way with or without the pony-tailed forward Newcastle should be too strong for Swansea this weekend.


Southampton want their players back

Southampton is another side looking to dabble in the transfer market this month. Boosted by the recent £75 million sale of full back Virgil van Dyke, manager Mauricio Pellegrino wants to bring back former academy player Theo Walcott to St Mary’s. Pellegrino needs a goalscorer from somewhere if he is to keep the fans off his back. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to find one by Saturday, which is why I have Watford down as one quarter of my weekend acca.


Out with the old, in with the new. Kane and Rooney face off

Tottenham and England superstar Harry Kane goes up against former United and England superstar Wayne Rooney. Who will win? Who knows! This match could be the game of the day though, with Tottenham looking to grab fourth spot from Liverpool and Everton seeking to establish just how far they have come under Sam Allardyce. This has all the makings of a classic. Tottenham to shave it though and complete my weekend acca 😊


Can Liverpool succeed where all others have failed?

Without question the game of the weekend should be, Liverpool against Manchester City. Liverpool, playing at home, will want to keep their recent excellent form going with victory over the league leaders. It will be a major challenge for the Reds as they look to hold onto fourth spot ahead of Tottenham.

City have only won thirteen times at Anfield in eighty-four attempts. Liverpool have won forty-nine times with twenty-two draws. However, a Coutinho-less Liverpool will not want a repeat of the result from their last meeting back in September which city won 5-0!

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Is the Title Race Over?

Manchester City defeat United to record 14th straight Premier League win

The great debate is probably over. Manchester City defeated Manchester United on Sunday to leave their neighbours with an almost impossible mountain to climb to wrestle the title from their grasp.

The adage that the Premier League leader at Christmas is rarely the same team that eventually lifts the title in May seems unlikely to hold true this campaign. Guardiola’s Manchester City were as dominant against United as they have been against everyone else this season.

Mourinho seemed to want United to take the game to City playing Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Lingard from the start. Unfortunately for the Portugese manager this did not translate into many serious opportunities as United could manage only 35% possession during the entire game.


Everton pull off unlikely draw to leave Jurgen Klopp angry

Liverpool suffered with their own possession problems in their match against Everton. They simply had too much of it. Liverpool with an incredible 79% possession were every bit as dominant in their game as Manchester City. Unlike city however, they could only come away with a draw.

Jurgen Klopp was left furious as referee Craig Pawson gave what he adjudged to be a ‘soft’ penalty late on in the game to give Everton a less than deserved point. Sam Alardyce, unsurprisingly took an alternate position in his post-match interview, saying “you can moan all you want, it’s a penalty!”


Another slow start for Arsenal

Another slow start from Arsenal gave Southampton the initiative and an early goal. Southampton’s Charlie Austin scored after only 3 minutes and it wasn’t until Oliver Giroud came on as substitute late in the game that Arsenal salvaged a point.

Arsene Wenger looks under pressure and his team really need a good run of games to relieve it. The gunners seem to need teams around them to fail to keep them in contention right now. This is not a situation that will inspire confidence in their fans.


City’s challengers all fall by the wayside

This was a great weekend for Manchester City. All their main rivals for the Premier League title dropped points except Tottenham who produced a more convincing performance than in recent weeks. However, Tottenham have already been far less consistent than is required to become serious challengers.

Second placed Manchester United lost (to City) as did Chelsea, and with Liverpool and Arsenal both drawing and another seriously emphatic display from City the title seems destined to be heading north. Teams who at the start of the season had realistic expectations of being a challenger this season have now had their hopes all but dashed by Christmas.


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Premier League – Week 2

Here is a highlight re-cap of the second week of the Premier League 2016-17 season:

Pogba debut and PL on Friday

The highly anticipated return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford, happened on Friday’s match against Southampton. The most expensive player in the world did not disappoint, however Zlatan was one to shine once again. After his 2 goals, Man Utd secure their second win and it looks like it will be very difficult to beat them this season. “We are becoming better and better. It’s a good start. We need to get used to winning,” Ibrahimovic said.

Citizens on Top of the Table

Manchester City started last week with an unconvincing win against Sunderland, but their second game at Stoke looked totally different; a comfortable 4:1 win after goals from Nolito and Aguero. Sergio has already 3 goals in 2 games and together with Zlatan is joint top goal scorer. It seems that we will have an excellent battle between both teams from Manchester this season.

Good Start for Conte

A solid start from The Blues so far, although Conte’s side is not looking as impressive as his biggest rivals from Manchester, but six points in two games says that they will be one to watch. Batshuayi’s first goal for Chelsea, and late goal from Diego Costa, were enough to win at Watford.

Others Struggle

Liverpool once again proved that defence is not their strongest point after losing 2:0 to Burnley. Klopp said: “We have to accept it. Burnley deserved to win with a very passionate performance. We have to say it was not enough today”. Last year’s champions, Leicester City, were unable to get 3 points once again after drawing with Arsenal 0:0 at the Emirates Stadium. The Foxes have now gone 20 Premier League games without a win against The Gunners. At last another team to fight for a title, Tottenham won 1:0 after a 82’ goal, by new signing, Victor Wanyama.


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