Spurs’ odds will shorten further if they claim derby spoils

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A last-gasp Gareth Bale blockbuster propelled Tottenham into third place in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night as they edged out West Ham 3-2 and that result means Andre Villas-Boas’ troops have come

in to 8/15 with bet365 to secure a top-four finish.

Those odds will certainly shorten further if Spurs can pick up another three points on Sunday because they come up against north London rivals Arsenal, who currently lie four points behind their neighbours in fifth.

Defeat for the Gunners would be a real setback in their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League and, given the form of the hosts, it could be a long afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s men, who are Betfred’s 2/1 outsiders ahead of the crucial showdown.

Inspired by Bale, Tottenham have lost just once in 15 matches across all competitions, so they look too big at 6/4 via Stan James to tighten their grip on a top-four berth in a potentially entertaining affair at White Hart Lane, where bet365 quote 4/7 for both teams to find the net and Skybet offer 3/1 about a home win by one.

It’s a fixture that has tended to produce plenty of goals in recent years and a tally of three or more looks a banker at 7/10 (BetVictor) in this one.

Bale of course, with six in four in the Premier League, will be the punters’ choice at 5/1 via William Hill to notch the first of those goals and it’s 8/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes for Spurs to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.

Manchester United remain a dozen points clear at the top of the table and at odds of 1/3 with bet365 they can move closer to regaining the title by seeing off Norwich at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops could get amongst the goals too and Coral chalk them up at 5/4 to score at least three times.

Not in action until Monday, meanwhile, Manchester City should reduce the arrears at the top and bookies agree, Stan James pricing them at 1/2 to scoop a maximum haul at struggling Aston Villa.

Wigan boosted their survival hopes by beating Reading last week but the Latics’ home form is pretty dismal and they’re subsequently odds-on at 5/6 (Paddy Power) to taste defeat against a well-rested Liverpool, who are 3/1 with Ladbrokes to sneak it by a one-goal margin.

Also in and around the European places, BetVictor post a safe-looking 2/5 against a Chelsea triumph as they take on West Brom and Stan James quote Everton identically as they entertain relegation-threatened Reading – the duo double up at 19/20 (bet365).

At the bottom, Southampton catch the eye at 10/11 via Skybet to heap more misery on beleaguered QPR and Rickie Lambert appeals at 5/1 with Coral to bag the opener at the St Mary’s Stadium. Meanwhile,

Newcastle are a little overpriced at 5/2 (BetVictor) to capitalise on any Capital One Cup hangover as they head to Swansea, bet365 rate Stoke at 11/10 to overcome West Ham and Coral offer 12/5 for the spoils to be shared as Sunderland host Fulham.

England are now just 1/14 with Stan James to win the Six Nations after the hard-fought win against France last weekend, their third victory in a row and Paddy Power post 4/7 against Stuart Lancaster’s charges clinching the Grand Slam, a price that isn’t without appeal given that their remaining fixtures are at home to Italy and away to Wales.

Italy, at 2/5 (bet365) now look set for the unwanted wooden spoon while Wales winger Alex Cuthbert is 3/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes to be the top try scorer, although he faces competition from England’s Chris Ashton (6/1).

Having sealed victory over New Zealand in the 50-over format, England are Stan James’ 2/7 favourites to also come out on top as the teams face-off over three Test matches, starting on Tuesday.

The Black Caps are as high as 10/1 via Paddy Power to gain revenge for their 2-1 reverse in the ODI series but it’s hard to see past Alistair Cook’s troops, who are 5/2 courtesy of Skybet to rack up a 3-0 whitewash.

Stan James quote England skipper Alastair Cook at 11/4 to be his side’s top run-scorer across the trio of games and given Cook’s consistency he has to be the favourite while Jimmy Anderson is a 5/2 chance at Ladbrokes to pick up the most wickets.

BetVictor meanwhile, chalk the tourists up at 8/15 to capture the first Test next week in Dunedin.

Bet of the week: Chris Ashton to be Six Nations Top Tryscorer – 6/1 (Ladbrokes).

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