This Sunday’s Premier League football sees the final three games before the weekend break as the final four sides at the 2016 European Championships in France are decided and what a trio of matches we have! The biggest game is clearly the North London derby at The Emirates as Arsenal look to bounce back from a heavy loss in Germany to Bayern Munich during the week against their local rivals Tottenham while new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde faces a baptism of fire at home to Manchester City. The final games pits a Liverpool side unbeaten under Jurgen Klopp against the impressive Alan Pardew led Crystal Palace.
We preview all three games and bring you our top EPL tips with online sportsbook Bet365.com.
Arsenal v Tottenham: 1.72 – 4.00 – 5.00
There was much talk about last season’s top Tottenham goal scorer Harry Kane, who bagged 21 league goals during the 2014/15 campaign, in the early part of this season as the England man was struggling to put the ball in the net. However, after three against Bournemouth at the end of October the young striker has continued to score goals as he put the final nail in Aston Villa’s coffin last Monday night in a 3-1 win before securing all three points with the second in a 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night. He also scored both goals in Tottenham’s comeback win at White Hart Lane last season, so can he find the target at The Emirates this weekend?
Arsenal are struggling with injuries coming into this game with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all long term absentees while right back Hector Bellerin is out too with a groin injury. Laurent Koscielny who has two in two in the league missed the 5-1 thumping in Munich during the week with a hip injury but may make a return for this second North London derby of the season following Arsenal’s 2-1 win in the League Cup in September.
With Tottenham boosted by the return of striker Son Heung-min after six weeks out we feel that they are the stronger of these two sides, especially as they are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, but with seven wins in eight in the EPL Arsenal will be easily beaten, injuries or not. We see a close game with goals from both sides and our pick of the match is that in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane will continue his scoring run by bagging at least one of the match goals.
Our top Arsenal v Tottenham tip is back Harry Kane to score anytime at odds of 3.00 with Bet365.com.
Aston Villa v Man City: 7.50 – 5.00 – 1.44
Whilst sat in White Hart Lane stands on Monday night to see his new side torn to pieces by Tottenham Hotspur Remi Garde must have wondered what he’d gotten himself into and with his bottom of the league side taking on top of the table Manchester City, who eased into the last 16 of the Champions League during the week with a fine win in Sevilla despite missing several key players, the Frenchman will soon know if there is any hope of avoiding relegation this season.
City have won seven of their last eight matches, drawing only the Manchester derby, since losing 4-1 to Tottenham in September and this, by a coincidence, is the same record they have recently against Aston Villa. City may be missing Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and the talismanic Sergio Aguero for this match but with youngster Kelechi Iheanacho getting amongst the goals and Kevin de Bruyne chomping at the bit to be played after being rested for 73 minutes of the clash in Seville there is certainly plenty of ability available to the away side at Villa Park. We see the top of the table side being far too good for a confidence shorn Villa team that will not have had the chance for their new manager’s workings to take effect and we’re backing a comfortable win for the league leaders.
We are backing Man City to beat Aston Villa by at least two goals (Man City -1) @ 2.20 in the Bet365 Sportsbook!
Liverpool v Crystal Palace: 1.66 – 3.80 – 6.00
The final match we’re previewing from this Sunday’s trio sees a meeting of two sides that have plenty of history between them, with the visitors to Anfield having upset the odds against the Jurgen Klopp led side on three occasions over the last two seasons. Palace defeated Liverpool home and away last season to follow on from the historic 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park the season before that cost Liverpool their chance at the title as they came from 3-0 down. They were beaten 2-1 too last season in London in the FA Cup at the fifth round stage, but with three away wins and only two single goal defeats to Tottenham and Leicester they will have plenty of confidence coming into this match.
Liverpool are six matches into the Jurgen Klopp regime at Anfield and after three draws in his first three games his side have seemingly settled into his ways as they have recorded three back to back wins in the Capital One Cup, Premier League and Europa League. The most impressive was the 3-1 win at Chelsea last weekend and with Palace having injury troubles with their attackers as Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh are out while Dwight Gayle is highly doubtful with a hamstring problem too we can see the home side finally getting a league win against Palace in what promises to be a gritty and tight match.
If the home side are to win then we feel that they will need at least two goals as, despite their injury concerns, Crystal Palace still have enough to trouble any team in the league and we can see goals from both of these sides at Anfield this Sunday afternoon.
Back +2.5 goals in this Liverpool v Crystal Palace match at odds of 1.90 at Bet365.