Wednesday, April 14, 2010


There are three matches being played in the Premier League this evening, with the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal being the big one, and we’ll be previewing all three games here:

Aston Villa v Everton:

Everton sit in eighth in the league, just one place and four points behind the Midlanders, and will be looking to gain the three points in an attempt to continue their late season push for a European spot.

Despite Aston Villa going off the boil in recent weeks, they are still the favourites to win the match @ 6/5 with Paddy Power. Everton are available at 23/10 and the draw is the same price.

Villa have drawn five of their last six home games and their only win came against a poor Burnley side. Everton have drawn their last two games in the Midlands (2-2 v Birmingham City and 0-0 v Wolves) and have won two, lost two and drawn three of their last seven away league matches.

Also, the last two meetings between these two sides have ended level and three of the last five meetings have been level. Both sides have scored in all of the last five meetings between the teams. Recommends: Back the draw @ 23/10 with both teams to score @ 4/6 with Paddy Power.

Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth:

This game is a must win game for Wigan, they sit 17th in the league and just four points above Burnley and Hull City and they will have played one game more than Hull after this match.

Should they lose this game they will be in trouble as they have to face Arsenal and Chelsea before the end of the season. Luckily for them they face an already relegated Portsmouth side that only cares about the FA Cup final now.

I don’t see this game being a high scoring game as Wigan have scored either one or no goals in their last eight home league games while Portsmouth have failed to score in five of their last seven away league games.

BetRepublic Recommends: Wigan to win to nil @ 23/20 and under 2.5 goals @ 4/5 with William Hill.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal:

This game is the big game of the evening! Both sides will be looking for the win – Spurs to push for the fourth Champions League qualification spot and Arsenal are looking to leapfrog Manchester United into second place in the league. Who will take the points at White Hart Lane?

Arsenal will be the more rested of the two sides as they have not played a match since they were beaten at the Nou Camp last Tuesday, while Spurs played 120 minutes of football at Wembley when they were beaten by Portsmouth in the FA Cup Semi Final on Sunday. Both sides have many injury worries, mainly in the defensive areas, but Arsenal will be boosted as Robin Van Persie has returned to the squad after five months out injured.

Paddy Power believe that Arsenal will win this match, despite Spurs having won six and drawn two of their last eight home league games, and have made them favourites at 5/4 to win. Tottenham are available at 11/5 and the draw is 9/4. I happen to agree with Paddy Power and I think that Arsenal will win this game. Recommends: Arsenal to beat Spurs @ 5/4 with both sides to score @ 8/13 with Paddy Power.

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