North London bragging rights can go to Redknapp’s Tottenham

TOTTENHAM fans would have feared the worst when their team was hammered 5-1 by Manchester City at White Hart Lane last month, but they have since won three straight Premier League contests and will be looking to add to Arsenal’s woes on Sunday. Spurs have lost just one of their last six league clashes against their local rivals and they have been strong at home of late. In their last 19 league games at the Lane they have suffered just one defeat with 10 victories.

Arsenal notched their first Champions League win of the group stage against Olympiacos on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t an assured performance and their defence looked shaky. That was at least a third straight victory at the Emirates, with last week’s wins against Bolton and Shrewsbury, but their problems have come on the road recently.

The Gunners are winless in seven away league matches, losing four and conceding 20 goals. They have also lost seven of their last nine visits to top-six sides with six coming by the HT/FT result and six seeing three or more goals.

Harry Redknapp’s charges are playing well at the moment and I’m happy to take the 6/5 with Ladbrokes about them continuing their decent record at home. There is added spice to this fixture with Emmanuel Adebayor facing his old club and he is interesting at around 6.0 on Betdaq to be first on the scoresheet.

There has been an average of 4.5 goals in the last eight meetings between these two across all competitions and I can see there being plenty more on Sunday. Sporting Index’s goals quote is high at 3-3.2, but I’m still going to be a buyer at that figure.

The Merseyside derby is always a passionate affair and tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off promises to be no different. Everton disappointingly lost to QPR at home in their first game of the season, but they have since won three and drawn one of their past four matches across all competitions at Goodison Park.

Liverpool were on cloud nine when they defeated Arsenal at the Emirates last month, but they have fallen back down to earth with consecutive losses on their travels at Stoke and Spurs. They will be bang up for this one, but the Toffees’ home form eclipses the Reds’ recent away record and I would rather back the hosts at 21/10 than Kenny Dalglish’s men at 6/4.

There have been two or fewer goals scored in seven of the last 10 meetings between these sides since 2006/07 which suggests selling goals at 2.5 with Sporting Index is the way to go. Furthermore, seven of Liverpool’s last 10 trips to top half opponents have produced fewer than three goals.

POINTERS...

Tottenham at 6/5 with Ladbrokes
Emmanuel Adebayor first goalscorer at 6.0 on Betdaq
Buy total goals at 2.8 with Sporting Index
Everton at 21/10 general
Sell total goals at 2.5 with Sporting Index