Arsenal have won three of their last four matches in the Premier League to enhance their chances of finishing in the Champions League places.
But they Gunners will face a stern test of their top four mettle on Sunday as they travel to under-fire Liverpool.
Nevertheless, despite the Reds enjoying home advantage, it’s Arsene Wenger’s troops that will kick-off as Stan James’s 6/4 favourites while the hosts are 19/10 with BetVictor to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers by collecting a maximum haul.
Bet365 chalk an Anfield stalemate up at 12/5 and it’s easy to see that price attracting cash given that both teams look far from invincible and as the defences are unlikely to be on top, bet365’s 3/1 about a score draw isn’t without appeal.
More accurately, punters fancying a speculative flutter could do worse than consider BetVictor’s 13/1 for it to finish two-apiece as a match tally of three or more goals (5/6, Winner.com) could be on the cards.
In terms of scorers, there are a host of candidates. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud got back amongst the goals last weekend against Newcastle, Raheem Sterling came close on several occasions for Liverpool at Old Trafford last time out but the man to focus on is Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has struck eight times in his last 10 outings for the Gunners and looks cracking at 15/8 (Ladbrokes) to notch at any stage in this clash. Bolder punters can back Sanchez at 6/1 courtesy of Paddy Power to break the deadlock.
Contesting the weekend’s first match, Manchester City are just 3/10 via Stan James to draw level on points with leaders Chelsea by getting the better of Crystal Palace.
The Eagles are no pushovers but on their own pitch, Manuel Pellegrini’s charges should be too strong and they stand out at 11/10 with Skybet to register a fourth consecutive victory ‘to nil’ in all competitions.
Taking that further, BetVictor offer 6/1 about City netting twice without reply and it’s 4/5 (Stan James) for them to lead at the end of each half.
Chelsea can re-establish their three-point lead on Monday, William Hill making them 8/13 jollies ahead of the trip to Stoke but it won’t be easy for the Blues at the Britannia Stadium where an away success by a one-goal margin catches the eye at 5/2 (bet365).
Manchester United continued their revival with a sixth straight win as they saw off rivals Liverpool last weekend and they’re 3/5 at betway to extend their victory streak at Aston Villa.
Louis van Gaal’s men, meanwhile, combine with their neighbours City and Chelsea in a tempting treble at 12/5 via Stan James.
Third-placed West Ham are enjoying a tremendous campaign and it’s just 4/6 (BetVictor) to get even better as the Hammers welcome rock-bottom Leicester to Upton Park.
Also set for a home win are rejuvenated Tottenham, a 4/6 chance at Skybet against Burnley and Winner.com rate Newcastle at 19/20 to claim the Tyne-Wear bragging rights by seeing off neighbours Sunderland at St James’s Park.
In the remaining three fixtures, bet365 mark 6/4 against QPR edging out West Brom, Swansea are overpriced at 31/20 (BetVictor) as they go to Hull and Stan James quote a generous 5/2 about Southampton and Everton sharing the spoils.
Comfortably beaten in another ODI series, England have drifted out to 10/1 with Stan James to win Cricket’s World Cup, which gets under way next February.
Their conquerors Sri Lanka are in to 8/1 via bet365 but punters can’t get enough of Australia at present, the Baggy Greens now just 11/4 (Winner.com) after cruising to victory in their first Test against India.
The PDC Darts World Championship get under way tonight (Thursday) and bookmakers are expecting it to be something of a two-horse race at Alexandra Palace.
Phil Taylor, stunned by Michael Smith in the second round last year, is Paddy Power’s 2/1 jolly ahead of defending champion Michael van Gerwen at 11/4 courtesy of BetVictor.
Those two will take some beating but Scot Gary Anderson isn’t without a chance at 13/2 (William Hill) and for punters seeking some each-way value, Skybet quote a resurgent James Wade at a generous 16/1.
Bet of the week: James Wade to win the PDC World Championship 16/1 (Skybet).
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