Arsenal have overtaken Spurs and look to have seen off Chelsea but Jim Knight can see some value in backing Alan Pardew's men to finish higher than Kenny Dalglish's RedsLiverpool, another win for Arsenal and more bumps in the road for Tottenham in mid-week. So, as we assess the remainder of 2011/12, Sportingbet’s Premier League matchbets should provide more than mere intrigue.
The north London rivalry hardly needs spicing up but with Spurs slipping below their neighbours after drawing with Stoke, Arsenal are now 8/13 (1.73) to finish higher for the 17th consecutive season.
Harry Redknapp's side are now 6/5 (2.20) outsiders but if they can arrest their dip in form, they do have the easier fixture list on paper.
Chelsea’s mini-revival was stemmed by Manchester City and with a six-point gap to the Gunners, Roberto Di Matteo’s side are 15/8 (2.88) underdogs in the battle for capital supremacy. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is 4/11 (1.36) to better the Blues for the first time since 2004.
Outside of London, Liverpool and Newcastle are pitted against one another and Sportingbet keep faith in the Reds, despite four defeats in five.
Critically the pair must square off at The Sports Direct Arena on April 1 and anything but an away win would make Liverpool backers feel a little foolish at 8/13 (1.73), so there’s appeal in the 6/5 (2.20) for Newcastle.
There are four other match-ups to choose from in various parts of a competitive top flight, as Sunderland and Swansea are priced at 17/20 to outdo each other, Stoke are given the 8/11 (1.73) nod to better even money West Brom and in-form Blackburn are chalked up at 4/6 (1.67) to finish above Bolton (11/10) this term.
That leaves just Wigan v Wolves and again the betting cannot split them, as Sportingbet go 17/20 (1.85) on each side as they fight to maintain their Premier League status against the odds.
Tip: Newcastle to finish above Liverpool at 6/5 (2.20)
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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