By News Team
12th March 2021
Another weekend, another derby. The feature fixture of this weekend’s Premier League action is the ever-eventful north London derby at the Emirates as Arsenal battle it out against Spurs.
With plenty of action up and down the country, we take a look at the pick of the fixtures below.
Who will claim north London bragging rights?
Tenth-placed Arsenal host Jose Mourinho’s Spurs on Sunday and it looks set to be a thriller. The visitors come into this game on the back of four straight wins, having scored 13 goals across those games, and are 7/4 to continue their good run with victory here. However, Arsenal are the marginal favourites at 8/5 but to justify that favouritism they’ll need a plan to deal with Spurs’ talisman.
Harry Kane is the obvious threat to the Arsenal back line and is justifiably the 11/8 favourite for Spurs to score anytime. He is the all-time leading goal scorer in the north London derby with 11 goals and he will want to extend his lead on Sunday. To do that he will have the assistance of Gareth Bale, who appears rejuvenated of late and will also be a threat to the hosts. The Welshman is a 17/10 chance to score anytime.
The hosts will be hopeful that their top scorers of the season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, can add to their tallies in Sunday’s fixture and they both sit at 23/20 to do so at anytime. However, if you don’t fancy any of the big names to fire in the afternoon game then a no goalscorer option at 17/2 could be the one for you, but be warned, this game usually has goals.
El Classi-Coast awaits
Down on the south coast on Sunday, Brighton travel the short distance to St Mary’s to face an out of sorts Southampton.
Brighton have been a team in trouble of late and relegation is beginning to look a real possibility. The Seagulls have yet to get a win on the board since their surprise victory against Liverpool at Anfield at the beginning of February and have slipped to 17th in the table. Since then, to say they have struggled to put away their chances would be an understatement. With a relegation battle in sight they will be hopeful they can turn things around with a win against Southampton, and they are 6/4 to do so.
If they are to get a victory, they’ll need to be more ruthless in front of goal and Neal Maupay is their 8/5 favourite to do that at anytime. Danny Welbeck hasn’t scored in 2021 but he is still more than capable in this Brighton side and he is 11/5 to bag one for the visitors.
Southampton haven’t seemed to have recovered since their 9-0 loss against Manchester United at the start of February and have registered only one league win since. They are 2/1 to turn things around against Graham Potter’s side on Sunday and Takumi Minamino and Che Adams are the joint favourites to score for the hosts, with both players a 14/5 chance to score anytime.
Test of West Ham’s iron
The Premier League’s weekend action is rounded out by West Ham’s trip to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.
The Irons are still punching considerably higher than their footballing weight this season and currently sit in fifth with a game in hand over their immediate rivals. So far this year they have only lost to Manchester City and Liverpool and while this will be a tough game for them, they are 7/2 to continue their good form with a victory.
United come into this game off a win against league leaders Manchester City and confidence will be high as they host the London side, which is reflected in their odds for the three points at 17/20. The main danger for the Reds looks to be in the shape of Bruno Fernandes who is 6/5 to score anytime. However, the chances of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can’t be underestimated if fit with both at 21/10 to score.
For the visitors, Michail Antonio is enjoying a real purple patch having scored against Spurs and Manchester City in his last three games, and although he went goalless against Leeds most recently, he put in a gut-busting performance. He looks the main threat for the Hammers and is a 21/10 chance to score anytime, while if you fancy him to score first in the match that is 6/1.