Seeley’s Selections – Saturday’s Live Premier League Derbies
It’s derby day in the Premier League this Saturday with both the North London and Merseyside offerings live on the box and along with the Six Nations action, promises to be one of the best sporting punting days of 2015 so far.
Tottenham v Arsenal, Saturday 12:45, Live on BT Sport 1
Let’s start with the Norf London derby and one of the most eagerly awaited clashes between the two for many a year. Both teams arrive here in great form and it’s very hard to find a winner although BoyleSports’ odds-compilers make Arsenal the clear favourites at 13/10.
The Gunners are without top goalscorer Alexis Sanchez, but they do welcome back Danny Welbeck to a very strong squad and whatever starting XI Arsene Wenger goes with, they will be a very tough nut to crack.
Wenger didn’t have the services of Sanchez in their last Premier League outing, the 5-0 hammering of Aston Villa at the Emirates last weekend, and in that game the Wenger Boys had FIVE different scorers. This will be a much tougher challenge but that shows they have goals in them. The win was their fifth successive victory and they have now only lost twice in their last 15 matches, so they have to be a bet here with BoyleSports at 13/10 then? No, not really.
Tottenham are the 11/5 underdogs with BoyleSports for this one and they haven’t given up hope of a top four finish at White Hart Lane, after their also impressive run of two losses from 14 matches. Both of these great rivals are in their best form of the season and this could be a classic and I can’t split the pair.
I expect the unbeaten runs of both teams to continue in this one with a draw at BoyleSports’ 11/5. The two drew at the Emirates earlier in the season 1-1 and I’m sure that both managers would settle for a point now if you offered it to them.
I’m sitting firmly on the fence on the outcome of the game but one thing I’m boldly predicting is GOALS and loads of them. Seven of the last nine Tottenham games have seen both teams scoring and how can we not see that again with the talent on display?
The 6/10 with BoyleSports would be my banker bet in this one and if you don’t want to take the short price, make sure it’s added into your Both Teams To Score accumulators this weekend with Boylesports.
These two have played out some classic matches over the years with a 3-3 and 4-4 draws in some recent meetings and with goals expected and the stalemate advised another couple of quid on a classic 3-3 draw at a monster 33/1 with BoyleSports is well worth a fun bet. Santi Cazorla is a player on a hot streak in front of goal and at 15/2 with BoyleSports to open the scoring, he would be my choice even more so now he is the penalty taker.
REMEMBER “Double Bubble” – if you first goalscorer nets inside the opening 20 minutes BoyleSports will double the odds on your winning first goalscorer selection.
Draw @ 13/5
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 6/10
Correct Score: 3-3 @ 33/1
Santi Cazorla First Goalscorer @ 15/2 (15/1 Double Bubble)
Everton v Liverpool, Saturday 5:30, Live on Sky Sports 1
The second Premier League derby on this fantastic day of punting is up on Merseyside where Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park. Just like the North London derby, I think is one is a very, very tough one to call and the draw gets my vote at 12/5 with BoyleSports.
Liverpool are presently THE in-form club in the Premier League and whoever they play, Brendan Rodgers’ side are always popular with BoyleSports punters and they will again at 13/10 in this one. The Reds have lost just one of their last 19 matches, but in that period they have drawn eight and this is a fixture that the pair couldn’t be separated in in the last two seasons.
Everton will be boosted by a massive win at Crystal Palace last weekend, but their form prior to that win in South East London is patchy to say the least. The Toffeemen drew their four previous matches and although it’s an obvious play, the draw is the only way to have a bet on the match outcome.
I really like both derby games to end in stalemates and that’s been a decent strategy over the years, but unlike the action down at White Hart Lane, I can’t see many goals in this one. Five of Everton’s last six matches have seen under 2.5 goals and the same has happened is six of Liverpool’s last seven and at 20/23 with BoyleSports, that’s a bet I like a lot.
This fixture, unlike the reverse one at Anfield, always is a feisty affair and it’s a match that has seen SEVEN red cards in the last 10 matches and I wouldn’t be surprised to another in what is going to be Steven Gerrard’s last derby match.
Stevie G is 23/10 with BoyleSports to end his love affair with this fixture with a goal and 8/1 to grab the opener which I’m sure will be a huge liability for the layers.
I really like bookings and I can see a lot more cards than goals, but if Daniel Sturridge starts, which I doubt he will, that can all change. The England international came off the bench last week and scored against West Ham and he will be a very popular choice at BoyleSports’ 5/1 to open the scoring if he starts in this one, especially with the “Double Bubble” offer.
Draw @ 12/5
Under 2.5 Goals @ 20/23
Steven Gerrard To Score Anytime @ 23/10
Daniel Sturridge First Goalscorer @ 5/1 (10/1 Double Bubble)