Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Saturday 11th January
As January transfer stories go, Wilfried Zaha on loan to Bayern Munich seems as much of a non-runner as Mesut Ozil is in most Arsenal matches.
The Bundesliga champions reportedly made the bid during the week but Crystal Palace are looking for upwards of £80 million for their talisman.
Not that they can afford to lose any players. Roy Hodgson’s side is facing somewhat of an injury crisis ahead of their clash with their London rivals, with their defence particularly affected.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s new side is coming off the back of a morale-boosting 2-0 win against Manchester United and are 17/20 to get another three points at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
It’s not just in defence that Palace have problems. They have scored just six goals in their last seven games. However, Saturday’s opponents haven’t exactly been prolific themselves of late – netting five in their last six games.
On the flip side, their last six meetings have produced 26 goals. However, based on current form we expect a more dour affair here. Under 2.5 Goals can be backed at evens, which we like the look of.
Unfortunately, the bookies seem to agree with our line of thinking as a 1-1 draw is the shortest odds of all correct score markets. We still think it represents decent value, though, at 11/2.
Serb Luka Milivojević has netted four in his last four games against The Gunners and is possibly the Premier League’s most lethal marksman from the penalty spot. Palace are appealing his red card against Derby County last weekend and, if it’s successful, he’ll be a certain starter. He’s only scored twice this season compared to twelve in 2018/19 but still could pop up with a goal.
Tottenham v Liverpool, Saturday 11th January
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag at Tottenham since Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham. Five wins in nine Premier League games have seen them rise to sixth in the table. However, defeats against Man United, Chelsea and Southampton, coupled with draws with Norwich City and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup hint at a lot more work to do to get Spurs purring again.
Things couldn’t be more different for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. They’ve won their last five games in all competitions, without conceding once. Nevertheless, three of those wins have been by 1-0 margins and they still seem to be doing just enough to pick up three points without moving up the gears.
Harry Kane’s absence will be keenly felt by the home side, with Mourinho bemoaning the lack of a ‘cutting edge’ without a striker in that FA Cup tie at Boro. Even with the England striker, Spurs’ record against Liverpool has been woeful in recent years – winning just one of their last sixteen meetings.
The Reds are 7/10 to get another win under their belts at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but an away win to nil looks much better value at 15/2.
Mohamed Salah has been a thorn in Tottenham’s side of late, scoring four in five fixtures between these clubs. The Egyptian is 6/5 to continue that run on Saturday and 4/1 to bag the opener.
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All odds are correct at the time of writing. All odds from William Hill.