There is a menu of five matches to be served up on Super Sunday, and each has its own unique recipe for intrigue and excitement.
The North London derby takes precedence of course, but for Liverpool, Manchester United, Southampton and Leicester there are also opportunities to cement their places in the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Can they do it? Here is the pick of the Premier League betting tips for Sunday.
Arsenal vs Tottenham (12pm)
Local derbies of magnitude, that matter hugely to the Premier League title race, played a few days after a Champions League excursion generally are tight, testy and low-scoring affairs, and with 50% of the last ten Arsenal vs Spurs derbies witnessing fewer than three goals we are happy to bow in that direction once again here.
In the past few weeks, we have noticed that Arsenal – when presented with a genuine challenge – have come slightly unstuck. A 0-2 loss at Turf Moor to Burnley indicated their lack of willingness to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in, while the goalless draw with Middlesbrough a fortnight ago showed that the Gunners can be passed off the park too. Often with the beautiful game, it is better not to believe the hype.
Even though Spurs’ results wouldn’t necessarily indicate as such, they are really missing the firepower and powerful attacking play of Harry Kane. They have drawn their last three outings, five out of six have witnessed fewer than three goals and they only scored two or more goals in a single match once in the calendar month of October.
Defence is the best form of attack for Tottenham at the minute, and so we can expect a lack of goalmouth action here.
Under 2.5 Goals (11/10 with Betfair)
Liverpool vs Watford (2:15pm)
Another week, another win for Liverpool. The Reds’ 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace last week was their fifth in six games and means they have scored 15 times in their last half-dozen outings. If you doubt their title credentials, now is the time to have a rethink.
Liverpool’s promiscuity in the final third is bad news for the Hornets, whose numbers may suggest they are adequate defensively but who in reality may struggle to contain Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday. Okay, so three consecutive clean sheets is pleasing enough, but those have come against Middlesbrough, Swansea and Hull. The Tigers, by all accounts, battered them last week.
Look at Watford’s defensive record against quality operators: two or more goals conceded against Bournemouth, Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley at Turf Moor. That does not bode well ahead of a trip to Anfield.
Liverpool -1 Handicap (8/11 with Ladbrokes)
Swansea vs Manchester United (3pm)
Bob Bradley has not made the level of impact we had expected of him so far in the Swansea hot seat. Conceding three goals each against Arsenal and Stoke highlights the vulnerabilities in the Welsh outfit, and for all their faults we fancy Manchester United will take full advantage on Sunday.
Ignore the stuff about Jose Mourinho – he won’t even be in the dug out here! Instead, watch the tapes of their draws with Burnley and Stoke back and you will see a supreme efficiency in attack; they did everything but put the ball in the net against the Clarets, and Stoke’s Lee Grant was in extraordinary form against them at Old Trafford.
You see, when the Red Devils play on the front foot they are still an outstanding side; expect them to show it in Wales.
Over 2.5 Goals (4/5 with Betfred)
Leicester vs West Brom (4:30pm)
The home (W3 D2 L0 GF8 GA2) and away (W0 D1 L4 GF4 GA14) splits confirm Leicester City’s issues this term, and they will be delighted to be back at the KP Stadium for this one.
West Brom will attempt to spoil their resplendent home record, but in truth we’re not convinced they will be able to do so. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in six attempts – very un-Tony Pulis like – with eleven shipped in that half-dozen. They haven’t scored more than once in a game since September either, and so there are issues at both ends of the pitch for the Baggies.
Leicester won’t mind; in fact, they will probably enjoy a relaxing workout after their midweek adventure in Denmark. The Foxes are just starting to hit their stride in 2016/17, so expect them to pick up the points here.
Leicester to Win (4/5 with William Hill)