Midweek League: Tottenham’s big moment

Published by on April 4, 2017

Chelsea vs Manchester City

In some ways, this is the ideal time for Manchester City to play Chelsea. The Blues are still reeling from their shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace, but the mood in the camp appears to be that it was just a small blip on the road to Premier League glory.

Antonio Conte proved early in the season that he knows exactly how to reshape Chelsea after a setback, and City could afford to be more confident if they hadn’t twice thrown away a lead at Arsenal on Sunday.

The hosts’ record against City makes interesting reading – in their last seven meetings, Chelsea have won only three, two have ended in draws, and City have won the other two.

Recommended bet: Chelsea to win at 13/10

Swansea vs Tottenham

It took just one slip-up from Chelsea, and Tottenham are believing again. In the absence of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son is usually a fairly safe bet to get the goals, and he delivered again with the clincher at Burnley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will have to try and steer clear of the Chelsea score, but there’s no escaping the fact that Wednesday night could be hugely significant for the title race.

Recommended bet: Heung-Min Son to score first at 4/1

Arsenal vs West Ham

If there’s one manager under more pressure than Arsene Wenger, it’s Slaven Bilic. Defeat to Hull has made life very difficult for the West Ham boss, and things aren’t likely to improve for him at the Emirates.

Arsenal may not have won a league game since 11 February, but the bookies clearly don’t fancy West Ham at 6/1. With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both in volatile moods, Theo Walcott could be forced to come to the rescue again, and he’s at 5/1 to score first.

Recommended bet: Arsenal and under 2.5 goals at 4/1

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

It’s probably best to discount what happened when these two sides last met back in December, as that 4-3 win for the Cherries was a game like no other.

Bournemouth have picked up in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their last four. Nonetheless, Liverpool showed in the Merseyside derby that they can cope without Adam Lallana, and their attacking force of Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, and Sadio Mane should be too much for Eddie Howe’s men.

Recommended bet: Liverpool to win by exactly two goals at 100/30

Hull City vs Middlesbrough

Just imagine a Middlesbrough game going over 2.5 goals. No, we can’t either. It’s hard to argue managerless ‘Boro don’t deserve to be in trouble, but Hull are still scrapping for survival themselves.

The Tigers are at 5/2 to win by one goal, which is the margin the visitors have lost by on eight occasions this season.

Recommended bet: Hull to win at 1/1

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

The Saints will certainly be wary of the Eagles, who were triumphant at Stamford Bridge over the weekend. They may also be left ruing the fact that it was Palace, and not them, who managed to sign Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool.

It’s in large part because of him that we’re expecting under 2.5 goals. Since he arrived, his new side have only lost once away from home and have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four games.

Recommended bet: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1