The Premier League weekend starts with four games on Saturday, with the early match being a clash between Tottenham and Leeds in London.
Spurs can climb into the top four with a victory today, while Leeds can join today’s opponents on 26 points if they were to triumph. Leeds come into the game on the back of a 5-0 thrashing of West Brom, and are likely to continue their attacking style of play, which has proved so entertaining this season. However, this could be just what Tottenham are looking for, as Jose Mourinho has built his side into an impressive counter-attacking team.
Harry Kane has scored against each of the 29 different teams he has faced in the Premier League. Leeds will be the 30th, and we look for the England striker to net twice today.
We’ll leave the clash between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United alone, and next turn to Brighton taking on Wolves at the Amex Stadium on the south coast.
Both teams really need the points, with Brighton sitting just above the relegation zone and Wolves having lost four of their six league games since key striker Raul Jimenez was injured. It’s difficult to guess which way this clash is going to go, but we note that Wolves could concede in 10 consecutive Premier League fixtures for the first time under manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
This defensive weakness leads us to take a punt on Brighton’s central defender Lewis Dunk scoring today, given the usual quality of his team’s delivery into the box.
The late game sees West Brom take on Arsenal, with the Baggies looking to rebound after their hefty defeat by Leeds. However, it will be difficult to do so given Arsenal are beginning to show some form. The Gunners were playing very poorly before Christmas, but they have won their last two games and are beginning to show some of their clear talent at their disposal.
One of the factors helping Arsenal has been the introduction of fresh legs, but Granit Xhaka has also added an element of solidity in the middle of the park. In what is likely to be a tight affair, with West Brom expected to sit deep, we’ll take a chance that the Swiss midfielder unleashes a powerful shot from distance, to open the scoring.
Tottenham/Leeds – Kane to score at least two goals at 9/2
Brighton/Leeds – Dunk to score anytime at 12/1
West Brom/Arsenal: Xhaka to score first at 14/1
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