Arsenal return to Premier League action after a hasty exit from the Capital One Cup, which left everyone wondering just how much longer their inconsistency will last. This Saturday, the North London derby has the same stakes for both teams; the loss of three points will destroy whatever form the teams might have picked up.
The Gunners’ recent loss to Southampton left the team with a lot of disappointment, and Arsene Wenger had to state that their two errors led to the goal “It’s disappointing because we had a good start and we made two unneeded errors on the two goals – and big ones.” Arsenal did have control of the match in the beginning, but lost it somewhere trying to also cover for a frail defensive line. For the match against Tottenham, Wenger hopes to have Gibbs and Mertesacker back: “You sit there and think: Gibbs had a little hamstring problem and we could not play him, Mertesacker is a bit on the edge, and then we have no choice.”
Tottenham might be displaying the same inconsistency as their opponents, but they only have seven points out of 5 matches as opposed to Arsenal’s nine. The visitors started off the Premier League in style, won two matches in a row then collapsed against Liverpool and West Bromwich. Mauricio Pochettino will not be able to start Walker and Townsend, still sidelined with different injuries. Last time the two teams met back in March Arsenal won with 0-1, but this time around it would be impossible to predict the winner due to recent results by both teams.
William Hill still favors Arsenal to win at 1.80, Tottenham at 4.20 and the draw at 3.75. The moneyback offer is available for this match should it finish in a goalless draw and you bet on the correct score. Both teams to score is at 1.65, over 2.5 goals at 1.70 and Arsenal to lead after 60 minutes at 2.00. For this particular match we will make use of William Hill’s headline offer of Danny Welbeck to score and Arsenal to win at 4.00 and bet 5 units on it.
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
Tottenham: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Danny Welbeck to score and Arsenal to win
Result: -8 units, bet lost
Result: +12,25 units, bet won
Atletico Madrid need to stop dropping points and become the team that won the title last season, as their fourth position is the table suggests qualification rounds for next year’s Champions League edition. As Atletico get ready to visit Almeria, Diego Simeone prepares to return to the bench and lead his team to victory.
Almeria shocked La Liga when they won against Real Sociedad and climbed up to the 10th place in the table. The win was their first in this league’s edition and Francesco Rodriguez will try to make his players believe they can win against the current title holders. Should they win against Atletico, they will have to play it smart in the midfield, where the likes of Koke and Gabi are setting up the play for the visitors. Almeria will be without Corona and Dubarbier who is serving a suspension.
Atletico might be at the beginning of their title defense, but Gabi has stated over and over again about the importance of the match against Almeria: “It’s a very important Wednesday’s game,” he told Marca. “With a draw against Celta we have to win and I think we will get a result. This game is a final.” The start of La Liga has seen Atletico with confusing results, which put them four points behind Barcelona. Mario Mandzukic has returned to team training after his nose surgery and might get to play in 10 days with a mask on. Before placing the bet take into account the fact that Atletico are yet to win against Almeria on their home ground, but we believe the visitors will play better than they have done before.
Cerci is tipped to replace Mandzukic in the attack, and with Diego Simeone on the bench, Unibet favors Atletico to win outright at 1.55. Almeria gets 6.30 for a win and both teams to score at 2.08; over 2.5 goals at 2.10 with Unibet; Almeria for both halves at 9.50, and the same betting market for Atletico at 2.28. Griezmann to score anytime is at 2.85; Cerci at 3,10 and Koke at 4.60. We are betting 8 units on Atletico Madrid to score in both halves at 2.65 with Unibet.
Almeria: Team’s Formation
Atletico Madrid: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Atletico Madrid to score in both halves