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Derby weekend makes Liverpool the top-four choice over Spurs

| 05.02.2015

The Premier League fixture computer has spewed out a sensational Saturday with a North London derby kicking proceedings off at lunchtime, before one of the Merseyside variety closes business at 5.30.

An absolute feast for the armchair viewer lies in store then, but what could this all mean for the concertinaed top-four picture once the dust has settled?

This is one of the most intriguing and potentially lucrative markets Ladbrokes has to offer at present, with sixth-placed Tottenham a sizzling 6/1 and Liverpool one league spot behind them, but marginally shorter at 5/1.

Arsenal’s odds of 2/9 do not hasten the pulse, but are understandable nonetheless given the perennial Champions League qualifiers are bang in form and only being kept from their reserved spot in the top four by goal difference from Southampton.

Whatever happens in these pivotal fixtures the odds will once again be shaken up and there seems to be a degree of sense in backing Liverpool ahead of ‘derby day’ as their price appears the likeliest to shrink.

Victory at Bolton in the FA Cup was Liverpool’s seventh out of eight away from home in all competitions, while Everton have only won three top-flight games out of 11 at Goodison Park this season.

Then there is Everton’s dodgy record in Premier League Merseyside derbies in general. The Toffees last tasted victory in 2010, their only triumph in the last 16 top-flight clashes.

A run of six league games unbeaten, with four wins, suggests Tottenham are in pretty rude health themselves, though they’ve only won one of their last three games in all competitions.

Spurs did hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw back in September when crossing the divide, but three defeats to the Gunners occurred prior to that.

It’s a difficult result to predict at the Lane, but being the most drawn fixture in Premier League history also appears to stifle Spurs’ hopes slightly, with Arsene Wenger sure to be far happier to secure a point than Mauricio Pochettino.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.