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Arsenal, Leicester, Man City and Spurs title tilts continue with midweek matches

Matt Haynes | February 1, 2016

The Premier League title race is hotting up with contenders Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham all in action this Tuesday.

Coral football experts preview their respective midweek matches, with precious points up for grabs.

Arsenal v Southampton

  • Premier League
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • Emirates Stadium, London

Gunners geared up with Saints set to march on Emirates

Arsenal are odds-on at 4/5 to beat Southampton, though they have lost their last two Premier League matches against the south coast club. However, when the sides met at the Emirates last season the Gunners finished 1-0 winners in the league with Alexis Sanchez netting the only goal.

The Chilean is 5/1 to break the deadlock, though staggeringly Arsenal have conceded six goals without reply in two matches against their opposition and Arsene Wenger will have targeted three points as he looks to close the gap on Leicester City at the top of the Premier League. Sanchez also struck last time out in the side’s 2-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup and can be key for Arsenal in this match.

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Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud can play a fundamental part in Arsenal’s title charge and at 4/1 to open the scoring, could be worth a punt. Southampton have hit impressive form recently in the league, after three wins on the spin, including a coup at Old Trafford, where Charlie Austin struck on his debut. The striker is 15/8 to net anytime, with Shane Long, who bagged a brace against the Gunners in December available at 2/1 in the same market.

Leicester City v Liverpool

  • Premier League
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • King Power Stadium, Leicester

Tough test for Foxes with top spot at stake

Leicester City are 8/5 to beat Liverpool and know that this is a real chance to prove to the rest of the Premier League that they can sustain their fight for the title until the end of the season.

Christian Benteke was the difference between both sides on Boxing Day in a match that could have gone either way.

The Belgian is 6/1 to break the deadlock, though the Foxes will be keen to build on their 3-0 victory over Stoke City at home last time out, in which Daniel Drinkwater started proceedings. The midfielder has odds of 8/1 to do the same, while strike duo Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa were also on target. At 5/4 and 7/4 respectively in the anytime market, either could be worth a punt.

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Liverpool’s last match in the league, finished in a 5-4 victory over Norwich with Roberto Firmino bagging a brace. The Brazilian, who has impressed recently for the Reds is 9/1 to score two or more, while Adam Lallana, who was also on target, is 11/4 anytime.

Norwich City v Tottenham

  • Premier League
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • Carrow Road, Norwich

Spurs seek fifth successive win

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are odds-on at 20/23 to come away from East Anglia with three points and will be more than confident after Liverpool scored five past the Canaries last time out.

Nacer Chadli has scored in his last three matches for Spurs and having bagged a brace last time out, is good value at 2/1 to score in the anytime market.

Harry Kane, meanwhile, struck as Spurs beat Crystal Palace in the club’s last league match and is 5/1 to net two or more.

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Argentine boss, Pochettino, has backed his side to prove doubters wrong this season and win trophies. “It is a topic in football. We need to try to demonstrate that it is not true,” he said.

“We have signed young players, but we have very experienced players (too). I think the balance that we have is very good.

“It is true that we started to build a team from one year ago, or six months ago, and that the team have started to play how we want in the last six, seven months.

“This is a new project, a different project and there are a lot of examples with maybe a more experienced team in the Premier League.

“(But) the most important thing is to balance the younger (players) with the experience players to create the winning mentality and to have hunger to win titles.”

Although the Canaries are on a four match losing run, it was a valiant effort against the Reds and with former Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong on the scoresheet. He is 12/1 in the anytime market, while striker Dieumerci Mbokani, who also dispatched, is 7/1 to break the deadlock.

Sunderland v Manchester City

  • Premier League
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
  • Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Free-scoring City can sink Sunderland

Despite the news that Manuel Pellegrini will be leaving the club at the end of the season, he will still want to leave on a high and a rout against the Black Cats could definitely be on the cards.

City secured a comprehensive 4-0 victory away at Aston Villa in the FA Cup last time out, with young striker Kelechi Iheanacho hitting a hat-trick. He is 7/1 to score two or more against Sam Allardyce’s side, who City have beaten twice 4-1 this season already, in the league and Capital One Cup.

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In both of those matches, Raheem Sterling found the net, and having struck against Villa is great value at 7/4 in the anytime market. For the home side, Fabio Borini notched against City earlier this term and is 7/2 anytime, while Jermain Defoe is 8/1 to break the deadlock.

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