Betting round-up: Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea all favourites

The London-based heavyweights of the Premier League are being tipped by the bookies to win their respective matches this weekend, with Paul Gough identifying the value

The big three London clubs - Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea - are all looming as genuine title contenders this season and should have few problems accounting for modest opposition in the English Premier League on Sunday.

All three capital city clubs have lived in the shadows of Manchester pair United and City in recent times and all three began the season with major question marks hanging over them.

Arsenal headed into this season without a major trophy since 2005 amid question marks as to whether long-serving manager Arsene Wenger should still be in charge, while Tottenham had to deal with the question of whether they could improve on last season's fifth-placed finish after losing the EPL's stand-out player of last season, Gareth Bale, to Real Madrid.

And while Chelsea welcomed back their 'messiah' in Jose Mourinho - who ended the club's 50-year wait for the title by leading them to the 2005 and 2006 EPL crowns in his first two seasons in charge - equally there were concerns as to whether the ageing core of Chelsea's team could still cut it with the top contenders.

But after six matches Arsenal are the surprise leaders while Tottenham - who have not won the title since 1961 - sit third, with Chelsea in fifth.

By contrast, 2012 champions Manchester City headed into the weekend in seventh spot while defending champions Manchester United were in 12th spot.

Title betting is as open as it has been for years on the EPL with City heading into the weekend as the $3.25 favourites at bet365 ahead of Chelsea $4, Arsenal $5, United $7.50 and Spurs $9.

But the Manchester clubs will struggle to make ground on the big three London clubs this weekend given all are firm favourites for their respective games on Sunday.

Arsenal are paying $1.72 at bet365 away to West Brom at $4.50 - where the draw is listed at odds of $3.80.

The Gunners have won their past ten matches in all competition since a shock home loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season but will be wary of the Baggies after needing penalties to see them off at The Hawthorns in the League Cup recently.

And the Baggies pulled off one of their best wins in recent history last weekend by shocking Manchester United at Old Trafford.

For those that fancy West Brom to pull off another upset, back them in the draw no bet market at odds of $3.40 at bet365 - where punters at least get their money back if the game ends in a draw.

But with Arsenal's big name signing Mesut Ozil in peerless form, Arsenal look to have their old swagger back and were simply magnificent in destroying Italian club Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.

However, the Gunners won't have it all their own way on Saturday and we fancy the Baggies to score at some stage, with a 2-1 win for Arsenal the favoured option in correct score betting at bet365 at $8.


Back Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton to win

Go for Spurs to beat West Ham 2-0 in correct score betting at odds of $6.50 at bet365

Tottenham host London rivals West Ham on Sunday and are the $1.40 favourites at bet365 despite having to make the long trip to Russia on Thursday night to play Anzhi in the Europa League.

But Spurs cruised home 2-0 with a second string side and have still conceded just two goals in 11 matches in all competitions this season.

The Hammers are winless in their past five EPL games and have won just one of their past 13 against Spurs - hence their price of $8, with the draw paying $4.50 at bet365.

But Spurs are better value in correct score betting where they are paying $6.50 at bet365 to win either 1-0 or 2-0.

Chelsea are also short at just $1.53 at bet365 to win away at 14th-placed Norwich paying $6.50 - with the draw at $4.

The other Sunday game features the two most improved teams in England in recent seasons - Southampton at home against Swansea.

The Saints are in the dizzying heights of sixth spot while Swansea - League Cup winners last season - made it two wins from two matches in the Europa League in midweek.

But that may take a toll against the fresher Saints, who also have home ground advantage, and we fancy Southampton at odds of $2 at bet365 to win this game while Swansea are paying $3.75 and the draw $3.40.

*Note prices subject to change

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