Tottenham v Arsenal
The first of our March 2 Premier League betting tips is for Tottenham v Arsenal. What a way to start the weekend as we settle down for a fiery north London derby shown live on BT Sport from 12.30pm at Wembley. Both sides remain in the hunt for a top-four finish and the Champions League football that accompanies it, but Tottenham are just six points off leaders Liverpool going into the week and seven better than their opponents. Spurs did lose last weekend, however, suffering a shock 2-1 defeat to Burnley on the road in controversial circumstances. Pochettino was punished by the FA for an angry outburst on the touchlines and will be hoping all the talk post-match concentrates on his players this time. The home win is 10/11 favourite at Ladbrokes.
Fight for Top Four
Arsenal won their second match on the bounce last weekend when dealing out a 2-0 defeat to lowly Southampton at the Emirates. A game they were expected to win but The Gunners must be given credit for the margin of victory and the performance that went with it, helping strengthen their chances of holding off Man Utd and Chelsea for fourth spot in the Premier League. They’ll face a much sterner test here but there’s no reason why they can’t leave with all three points. The away win is 14/5 at Bet365 or those stuck on the fence can have the same price about the draw. We’d prefer to avoid picking a winner and, instead, go for both teams to score at 8/13 (Bet365). A bet best used in accumulators.
Bournemouth v Man City
Bournemouth face the unenviable task of taking on a rampant Manchester City at home this weekend but, as we saw again in midweek, nothing can be taken for granted at this level and, on their day, The Cherries could hold their own against any other Premier League club. The locals started the week without a win in three, following back-to-back defeats with a draw last weekend. They held on for a 1-1 at home to Wolves, not a bad point to pick-up, but were beaten 2-0 by Cardiff and 3-0 by Liverpool early last month. That shyness in front of goal certainly won’t help their chances here any and bookies have had no trouble writing them off. The home win is a chunky 10/1 with Ladbrokes, but it deserves to be. The draw trades 5/1 at Unibet.
Man City took a break from Premier League action last weekend to dispatch Chelsea in the final of the League Cup on Sunday, beating The Blues at Wembley on penalties in what was an incredible match. 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra-time, The Cityzens held their nerve from the spot to retain the trophy. They are in the mix to keep hold of their league flag too and sat just a point behind Liverpool on Monday morning, with all still to play for. City hammered Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad last month and will appear in most accumulators, even at 1/4 (Bet365). Back them to win to nil at 13/10 with Coral. That’s good enough to take as a single.
Brighton v Huddersfield
Brighton have lost four and drawn one of their last five going into the weekend and that sticky spell had dragged The Seagulls down towards the relegation zone, just three points better than Southampton with 27 games on the board. Time is running out to save themselves from the drop but each of the bottom three continue to struggle to win matches and that may just be Brighton’s saviour. The locals were beaten by managerless Leicester City on Tuesday evening, watched by new Foxes gaffer Brendan Rodgers. Gray and Vardy were on target before Propper scored on 66 minutes to keep things mildly competitive. Chris Hughton told members of the press at full-time his team have to take responsibility and the best way to ease the pressure is by winning games. Back the home win at 4/5 with Coral.
Bottom of the Table
Huddersfield are rock bottom of the table after 28 games played, their stats showing three wins, five draws and 20 defeats. They lost four on the bounce but did steady the ship with a rare victory on Tuesday when beating Wolves 1-0 at home in what was a real upset for accumulator backers. Mounie grabbed the winning goal in stoppage-time at the end of the match, sparking wild celebrations. That win ended a run of seven home defeats but the damage has already been done in terms of relegation with Huddersfield 11 points behind Cardiff and safety. It has been a tough season and one they’ll learn from. The away win can’t be touched, even at Coral’s 4/1. If you’d prefer a draw it’s 5/2 with Unibet.
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Burnley had won two and drawn two heading into the week and they put a bit of breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone, but they fell into old habits on Tuesday when suffering what was their 14th defeat of the season. They went to St James Park confident of making their mark but were forced back onto the team bus empty-handed, beaten 2-0 by a Newcastle side who now look to be safe. Schar broke the deadlock on 24 minutes and that was followed by a goal for Longstaff before the break. Sean Dyche credited his team’s recent efforts but said defeats like this served as a reminder they aren’t where they want to be just yet. The home win looks worth a bet at 7/4, top price with Unibet, the draw 9/4 with the same firm.
On the Up
Crystal Palace are another side moving in the right direction and went into the week unbeaten in four, their recent form showing two wins and a couple of draws. That lifted them to 14th in the table, six points better than Southampton and they now have one foot in the safe zone. The Eagles swooped on victory last weekend when handing out a 4-1 hammering to Leicester at the King Power, a result that proved too much for the board to take, Claude Puel sacked shortly afterwards. They, like their opponents, are good enough to win this match and there’s 13/8 at Bet365 to anyone who thinks they will. Back both teams to score at 10/11 (Bet365).
Man Utd v Southampton
The Red Devils have turned their season around under Ole and are in the mix for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. That would’ve been unthinkable as recently as the festive period, but they are picking up points and putting pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea. Three sides scrapping to fill one position, that’ll make for an interesting race down the home straight. Man Utd had to settle for a draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend, not a bad result, given the league leaders form and it was another example of their progress. United look good value for the win at 1/2 (Unibet), the draw 10/3, best price with Bet365.
Fight for Survival
Southampton are involved in a race of their own but it’s to keep their place in the Premier League and avoid being sucked down into the Championship. The Saints were winless in four going into the week, following a couple of draws with back-to-back defeats and they ended on the wrong side of a 2-0 away to Arsenal last Sunday. They are showing no signs of pulling themselves free and there shouldn’t be too much interest amongst punters on the visitors pulling off a shock win here. If you see something we don’t you can back Southampton at 6/1 with 888Sport, although it’s not a bet we would advise.
West Ham v Newcastle
The last of our March 2 Premier League betting tips is for West Ham v Newcastle. Saturday night’s live action kicks off at 5.30pm on Sky Sports and The Hammers will be eager to make the most of home advantage when hosting lowly Newcastle. The east London side sit in midtable having won last weekend to cap a three-game unbeaten run. They drew with Liverpool at home to open February before holding on for a two-goal share with London rivals Crystal Palace. West Ham went one better when beating another neighbour next time out, piling pressure on Fulham with a 3-1 result at the London Stadium, a result achieved thanks to goals from Hernandez, Diop and Antonio, overturning a Babel opener. Ladbrokes are 21/20 on the home win and that will do for us in our weekend acca.
A Run of Results
Newcastle are easy to like at the minute and we have been impressed by how they’ve turned their season around, climbing to 13th on the back of an improved run of results. They beat Huddersfield 2-0 at St James Park and followed that with another 2-0 home win over Burnley last weekend. Their away form isn’t nearly as impressive, and they suffered a 1-0 at Wembley last month. This will be competitive, and we wouldn’t put anyone off a bet on The Magpies at 3/1 (bet365) but we’d prefer to stick to home comforts as neither side have a lot to play for at the minute.