We preview both of the televised games on Saturday, featuring Arsenal v Hull at the Emirates Stadium, followed by Liverpool v Tottenham at Anfield.
Arsenal v Hull
|Hull (+2)||Asian Handicap||13/19||Unibet|
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||13/8||Betfair|
|Arsenal 1-0||Correct Score||8/1||Bet365|
|Alexis Sanchez (ew)||First Goalscorer||3/1||Bet365|
However, their last two meetings here both finished as stalemates – a 0-0 FA Cup tie a year ago when Hull were in the Championship, and a 2-2 league draw two seasons ago. In fact, Arsenal needed a last minute goal to salvage a point in that game.
Of course, these clubs also met in the FA Cup Final at Wembley two season ago, a game that Hull led 2-0 after just 8 minutes, but eventually lost 3-2 in extra-time.
With all those in mind, alongside Arsenal’s current poor form, we suggest backing Hull getting a 2 goal start on the Asian Handicap at best odds of 13/19 with Unibet.
The Tigers would have to lose by three clear goals for us to lose our money on this bet – and they have only done that on one of their four league visits to the Emirates.
Remember also, since Marco Silva arrived as manager last month, Hull have won 2 and drawn 1 of their 4 league games, only losing to Chelsea (2-0 at Stamford Bridge).
Those include a 0-0 at Old Trafford earlier this month and so we’ll also recommend backing Under 2.5 Goals at best odds of 13/8 with Betfair, plus the 1-0 home win at 8/1 with Bet365 – who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that end 0-0.
Finally, Alexis Sanchez is the most likely candidate to break the deadlock here – he has scored 6 goals in the 4 league and cup games that he has started against Hull.
Liverpool v Tottenham
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||10/11||Sky Bet|
|Harry Kane (ew)||First Goalscorer||6/1||Sky Bet|
At the start of the year Liverpool were second in the table, 7 points clear of Spurs in fifth, but two draws and three defeats later and they have swapped positions.
Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side only victory in 10 league and cup games in 2017 was against League Two side Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.
By contrast, Tottenham have won 9 of their last 11 games in the league and FA Cup.
So, we feel it strange that Spurs can be backed at 5/2 with Bet365 – we would have made them shorter than that and a maximum bet on the visitors is recommended.
Remember, Liverpool have lost to both Swansea (17th) and Hull (18th) recently and really cannot be backed to win this at best odds of just 13/10 with Paddy Power.
But the Reds have at least been doing better against the bigger sides this season, including 1-1 draws with both Manchester United and Chelsea recently – while the last two league games between these clubs also finished 1-1 (and 0-0 before that).
We therefore recommend covering that bet on Tottenham with a bet on another 1-1 at 11/2 with Bet365 – again with that offer of money back if the game finishes 0-0.
Also, take the 10/11 on Under 2.5 Goals, plus the 6/1 on Harry Kane – who scored in this fixture in each of the last two seasons – to score first each-way, both at Sky Bet.