Spurs to Guarantee Finishing above Gunners

Spurs haven't finished above Arsenal since 1995.

Spurs haven't finished above Arsenal since 1995.

Tottenham has not finished an English Premier League season above Arsenal on the ladder since 1995 but Spurs can assure themselves of ending that horrible run versus their major rivals by beating the Gunners at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Arsenal is 14 points behind Tottenham on the English Premier League ladder with the Gunners having six fixtures to fulfil so a Gunners loss this weekend would make it impossible for them to overhaul Spurs, something that they did at the very end of last term when it looked for all money that they would finish below their neighbours. Tottenham choked when the English Premier League title race heated up because Spurs were not used to contending for silverware. Tottenham has improved again under Mauricio Pochettino and, while the odds are against Spurs winning their first English title since 1961, they will be serious contenders next season.

Tottenham is a shade of odds on to post its first victory over Arsenal in five derbies across all competitions and one thinks that Spurs are a bit overpriced. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Tottenham enjoys a 13-2-4 lead over Arsenal and most of the results that favour the Gunners involve lowly ranked teams. Betfair is offering odds of -105  about a Tottenham win and, with standout punting opportunities being harder to find as the English Premier League program approaches its conclusion, Spurs are the best bet on the weekend coupon.

Crystal Palace is a fair price to get the better of the English Premier League’s worst road side, Burnley, at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Crystal Palace is available at odds of -120  to defeat Burnley with several bookmakers, including BoyleSports, Ladbrokes and William Hill.

Sam Allardyce has as good as completed his initial mission, which was to save Crystal Palace from English Premier League relegation – the Eagles are seven points clear of the drop zone with most teams having four games remaining. Crystal Palace has not lit up Selhurst Park very often – the Eagles are 5-2-10 in their 17 English Premier League home matches – but those numbers are much better than the away ones of Burnley because the Clarets are 0-4-13 on their travels.

According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Crystal Palace holds a 9-3-7 edge over Burnley and, while one is not the biggest subscriber to the theory of sides being in or out of form, it is probably fair to say that the Eagles are in a better frame of mind than the Clarets. Burnley is five points above the English Premier League relegation places and it may require another point or two to safeguard its top-flight status but one suspects that the Clarets will be targeting its home games versus West Bromwich and West Ham before the tournament is over.

Returning to the matter of Tottenham’s English Premier League championship push, one thinks that Spurs will not receive good news in the hours before they play Arsenal, with one picking Chelsea to win at Everton on Sunday at +110  with BetVictor.

According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Chelsea boasts an 11-3-5 advantage over Everton, including a 5-0 home victory in November’s reverse fixture. Everton has lost just once in its 17 English Premier League home matches but it was against Liverpool and the Toffees are 1-4-4 versus the division’s top five teams.

Tips Summary

Tottenham to beat Arsenal
Sunday 30th April, 16:30 GMT
Odds:  -105

Crystal Palace to beat Burnley
Saturday 29th April, 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -120

Chelsea to beat Everton
Sunday 30th April, 14:05 GMT
Odds:  +110