Premier League Betting PreviewJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
This weekend sees two of the biggest Premier League Derbies taking place – the Merseyside and the North London derby. Take a look at our pre-match analyses to find out what to expect from the weekend’s most anticipated clashes.
Merseyside Derby Betting – Liverpool vs Everton – Saturday 12.45, Anfield
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to use this weekend to revive the team’s Premier League season when they face rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Having got off to a bad start with three losses in five Premier League matches, Liverpool will be hoping that the momentum from their League Cup victory against Middlesbrough will carry them through Saturday’s clash.
“Now we need to get our Premier League season up and running,” Rodgers said after the team’s unusual 14-13 penalty shootout win.
“We are delighted to get through after being in the lead and giving away poor goals. At the moment we are making too many mistakes, but I can’t fault the mentality of the players because they kept going and in the period of extra time, we were very good.”
Rodgers praised Liverpool’s young players, in particular first-timer Jordan Rossiter who scored on his debut performance for the side.
Meanwhile Everton were knocked out of the League Cup this week by Swansea following another defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend. With only one win so far in the Premier League season, Roberto Martinez’ team sit a point behind Liverpool in the table.
Neither side is in top form, particularly defensively, so backing either one outright is difficult.
What’s more certain is that this will be a game with plenty of goals. Everton have one of the highest scoring records so far this season having netted 11 goals but Tim Howard has let in 13.
£10 on over 4.5 goals will pay out £40 at Paddy Power.
North London Derby Betting – Arsenal vs Tottenham – Saturday 17.30, Emirates Stadium
The Gunners are approaching the derby after a week of mixed results. Arsene Wenger’s side returned to winning ways against Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend, only to be downed by Southampton in their third round League Cup clash.
Tottenham will be on a mission to prove themselves after losing at home to West Brom last weekend. They also looked close to being knocked out of the League Cup in a tense game against Nottingham Forest this week, coming from one behind to secure victory with three late goals.
With several of Arsenal’s more senior players returning from injury, Wenger should have plenty of options when picking his starting line-up. Wojciech Szczesny is likely to take back his place in goal despite David Ospina’s competent debut against Southampton.
Calum Chambers may start his third game in just a week with defensive choices limited now that Mathieu Debuchy is out for the next few months. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will also return to action having been given a week’s rest due to minor injuries.
Ramsey, who has been off his game lately, may well be benched for Jack Wilshere whilst Ozil will be given a start having redeemed himself with a goal this week.
Arsenal have the edge at Emirates but a lot will come down to who plays the stronger defence on the day. William Hill has the Gunners priced at 8/11 to win with Tottenham at 14/5.