Premier League Derby Weekend Preview 2nd & 3rd March
The Premier League fixtures are thrown together by a random computer generator, and this weekend they have given us three fantastic derby games to look forward to. We have Tottenham against Arsenal in North London on Saturday, followed by Fulham vs Chelsea in West London and Everton vs Liverpool in Merseyside on Sunday. Three games, all big rivals, and with the form book going out of the window in these games, anything can happen.
All of the teams involved need the points for various reasons, and all are involved in some kind of battle at the moment. The only team towards the bottom of the table from these six is Fulham, and while their relegation fight looks to be a losing battle, three points here would give them hope. Higher up the table, Everton want to show that they are the best team outside of the top six and they will have their sights on the 7th position that is currently held by Wolves.
Chelsea have a battle on to get into the top four, they are currently in 6th position three points off Arsenal who are in 4th. Ahead of those two, Tottenham have gone from being potential title challengers to fighting to stay in the top four after two recent defeats and they could really do with three points to steady the ship.
Lastly, Liverpool go into this weekend with a one-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. With Manchester City playing Bournemouth on Saturday they could be knocked off top spot before they play, or they could have the opportunity to stretch their lead if City slip up.
Tottenham vs Arsenal – Saturday 2nd March 12:30 pm
The North London derby is the first of the three games this weekend, and one that often gives us a very entertaining game of football. Right now, these two are in 3rd and 4th in the Premier League, and with just four points separating them, Tottenham have gone from a team looking up to the top two, to a team worried about being caught by those below them.
Arsenal come here on the back of three league wins in a row, while Tottenham come here on the back of two defeats in the space of just a few days. While Arsenal were beating Southampton last weekend and putting five past Bournemouth in midweek, Tottenham were losing to Burnley and Chelsea in what has been a very poor week for them.
The momentum here is all with Arsenal, but I’m not quite sure they are good enough to go to Wembley and beat Tottenham on what is their home ground for now. These two look as though they can cancel each other out, with the game resulting in an entertaining draw.
Fulham vs Chelsea – Sunday 3rd March 2:05 pm
Fulham are 10 points away from safety with 10 games to go, their chances of survival look very slim at the moment. However, mathematically it is still possible for them to get out, and until that says otherwise I expect to see them continue.
For whatever reason, things have not gone right for them this season, and on top of that, they have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri this week, their second sacking this season. They have spent money to try and stay in the league and brought in some decent signings but things have not come together and the whole season have been poor, after promising so much during the summer.
Chelsea are not without their own problems at the moment either. They have lost three of their last five league games, as well as losing the Carabao Cup final and being knocked out of the FA Cup. They are currently in 6th position and need to finish inside the top four to rescue what has been a poor campaign. The good news is they are just three points away from that, and they have a game in hand to play too, so could draw level with that game.
Fulham are showing that they are not cut out for the Premier League, while Chelsea are not really backable at odds on with how they are playing right now and the things going off at the club. With that in mind, I’m going to back another draw here, which to be honest doesn’t really suit either club.
Everton vs Liverpool – Sunday 3rd March 4:15 pm
The final derby game in the Premier League this weekend sees top of the table Liverpool travel to Everton. The Toffees won during midweek, but prior to that they have lost their last three and they will be hoping their victory away at Cardiff can get a bit of team spirit back for them. However, they could hardly have faced a tougher game than this one.
Liverpool are aiming to win the Premier League title and they are currently one point ahead of Manchester City. We may be seeing the wheels fall off a little though, and although they are unbeaten in their last five, three of those games have been draws while they have won the other two. They seem to be lacking their usual finishing touch, and struggling in the final third of the field, although scoring five past Watford during midweek should help breathe a bit of confidence back into the players.
Neither team are playing their absolute best at the moment, but Liverpool have a lot more to gain or lose from this game, and I am siding with them to take the three points home from Goodison Park.
Premier League Betting Odds
After two defeats in a row, Tottenham are surprisingly slightly odds against for their game against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, priced up at 21/20. The Gunners can be backed at the much bigger odds of 13/5 while my fancy the draw is available at 5/2 in this game.
Chelsea are odds on at 1/2 for their trip down the road to Fulham on Sunday in the early kick off, with the home team priced up at 11/2 to take three points and stake one last claim for survival. I again fancy a draw here, and that is available at 10/3.
Another away team are odds on in our final derby game of the Premier League weekend, with Liverpool priced up at 4/7 to go and continue their promotion push at Goodison Park. The home side are 5/1 to put a huge dent in the title bid of their rivals, while the draw can be backed at 3/1.
Premier League Betting Offers
If you are looking to get involved with the action this weekend then check out the Premier League betting offers below, that will give you additional value and insurance on your bets.
Unibet – Money Back as Cash on Losing Bets if a Penalty is Awarded
This is a great offer from Unibet and it covers all Premier League games this weekend. If you place a bet on the first/last goalscorer, correct score, scorecast or half time/full-time markets and there is a penalty in the game then Unibet will refund all losing bets on that game. This is to a maximum of £100, so if you are looking for an interesting bet this weekend on one of those markets then Unibet is where you need to head to place that bet.
10Bet – Money Back as a Free Bet on 0-0 Draws
No one likes to sit through a 0-0 draw, but with this offer from 10Bet at least you know you will be receiving your money back as a free bet if the game ends 0-0. This is valid on goalscorer bets and correct score bets that have a stake of £5 or more, with the maximum refund being £10. We fancy a couple of draws in the games this weekend and if you want to cover yourself in case of a 0-0 draw then this is the offer to do it with as you will get a free bet if the game ends that way.
Ladbrokes – 5 Team Acca Insurance
Fancy an acca this weekend on the Premier League games? Make sure you cover it with an acca insurance offer just like this one from Ladbrokes. Their acca insurance covers bets with five selections or more, and if one selection lets you down then they will give you your money back as a free bet up to a maximum of £10.
There is no minimum stake for this acca insurance offer, so it doesn’t matter whether you are a big or small punter, you can place your accumulator bets with Ladbrokes this weekend and know that this acca insurance will cover you. We never like to see bets where one team lets us down for the win, but with this acca insurance, things are made slightly better as you get your money back as a free bet to use next time you place an acca.