By William Hill
Last Updated: 9th January 2019
Football being a game of two halves is one of the most timeworn clichés the game has to offer, but all concerned with the Premier League fortunes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester and Crystal Palace this season will know that the old bromide is as true as ever.
The quartet are among the teams with the biggest differential between their first-half and second-half results in the top flight this season.
Those game-of-two-halves quirks and how to bet on them
If Premier League games ended after 45 minutes (plus injury time) in 2018/19 then Spurs, not Liverpool or Manchester City would be two points clear at the top of the Premier League with 49 points.
Just five of the 21 goals conceded by the Lilywhites this season were shipped in the opening period too and yet somehow they’re 17/10 to win the first half when Manchester United visit Wembley this weekend compared to odds of 21/20 to win the game as a whole.
For the Gunners, the opposite is true. When it comes to the Premier League table at the interval, Unai Emery’s men are languishing down in 15th place, with just two wins and a mammoth 13 draws on their dance card.
However, by extension, it means they’re among the dons of the after-the-oranges showing, with only Liverpool having performed better after the break this term.
The Gunners have won more second halves than any other side in the division (14 of their 21). With this in mind, the 13/10 about them winning the concluding half away to West Ham next time is a tempting wager considering they’re EVS to for three points.
In a Premier League based on post-intermission achievements only, Leicester are currently ensconced in the Champions League places, having won as many times as Manchester City.
Quite where they’ve been in the first halves of their fixtures is anyone’s guess – they’ve led at the break just three times this term and notched a mere nine goals prior to the interval.
The Foxes have won three of their last four top-flight second 45s and they can be backed at handsome odds of 11/8 to do so again against Southampton.
Unlike Arsenal and Leicester, after the break is where it all goes awry for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, who sit sixth in the first-half-only league table for 2018/19.
A whopping 19 of the 26 goals the Eagles have given up this term were conceded in the second half, meaning that for those pondering adding the 6/5 Palace win over Watford to their weekend accumulators, odds of 21/10 about them winning the first 45 minutes might provide better value.