North London giants aiming to keep top four chances alive
Coral football writers preview three games from the 3pm Premier League fixtures this Saturday. London clubs Arsenal, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are in action, and face Newcastle United, Leicester City and Stoke City respectively.
The Gunners travel to St James’ Park, Spurs host the Foxes, while Alan Pardew’s Eagles are on the road to the Potters.
Newcastle v Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has a terrific record against Newcastle over the last few seasons, as his side have won their last six meetings and are undefeated in their previous eight at the Toon in all competitions. Arsenal, therefore, are odds-on favourites at 8/13 to beat them on the road again.
In the last six fixtures in the league against Newcastle, the Gunners have netted 18 times, at an average of three goals per game, and you can back them at a tempting 7/4 price to score three or better once more.
French froward Olivier Giroud in particular enjoys playing against the Magpies, having struck six times past them in the last five matches. He is 6/5 to net again anytime, and 6/1 for two or more.
For the hosts, back Spaniard Ayoze Perez, who scored in the reverse fixture this season at the Emirates. He is 10/3 in the anytime market.
Tottenham v Leicester
The last three wins for Spurs against Leicester have been 2-1 results, so take odds of 4/7 for them to triumph again, and 15/2 to do so by that scoreline.
However, the Foxes have already beaten the north Londoners at White Hart Lane this term, in the FA Cup, thanks to two late goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Jeffrey Schlupp. Basement club Leicester are 5/1 for victory again, while that duo are respective 7/2 and 11/2 to score anytime.
Harry Kane will be the home hope, and he will be looking to celebrate a debut England senior team call-up by adding to his 26 club goals this season. He is odds-on at 10/11 in the anytime market.
Roberto Soldado, meanwhile, misses out for Spurs, while Kasper Schmeichel is available for selection after recovering from injury.
Stoke v Crystal Palace
The Potters have won the last two home matches against Palace, and are in great form, having triumphed in three of their previous four league games to see them way up into eighth place in the Premier League. Stoke are 11/10 favourites for victory here.
Palace have also been on form, and have widened the gap on the relegation zone to eight points now. You can back them at 5/2 to win at the Britannia, or 23/10 to claim a draw, as was the result in the reverse fixture this season.
Peter Crouch got the goal for Stoke that day, and is 2/1 to net again anytime. While Glenn Murray is impressing for the Eagles, and is 13/5 in the same market.
But Pardew will be without a number of players, in suspended skipper Mile Jedinak, and injured quartet Marouane Chamakh, Fraizer Campbell, Jordon Mutch and Lee Chung-Yong. Philipp Wollscheid, Peter Odemwingie, Bojan and Marc Muniesa are missing for Mark Hughes.