Sam Hendry with the best bets on a busy footballing Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
Spurs have been grinding out narrow wins in the league to keep pace with the leaders but will need to up their game if they are to inflict City’s first Premier League defeat of the season.
A shaky defence will not help their cause – keeping clean sheets against Cardiff and Huddersfield is fine but they’ve conceded ten in three in the Champions League.
Hugo Lloris went from the sublime against West Ham last week to the ridiculous against PSV on Wednesday and even the usually reliable Toby Alderweireld was guilty of a costly mistake during that game.
The champions haven’t missed a beat from last season and will gleefully pounce on any repeats of those errors on Monday night.
Their strength in depth in attacking areas is frightening; they can rotate eight or nine players without compromising the quality of their performance.
City won these two fixtures last season by an aggregate of 7-1 and I envision more goals and another victory for Pep Guardiola over Mauricio Pochettino here. A City win and over 3.5 goals in the game is 11/4 with Ladbrokes/Coral
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Arsenal are big favourites to continue their stunning 11-game winning streak, a run that has taken them to within two points of the top of the table.
After two seasons out of the top four, hopes are high at the Emirates that they will at least be securing a Champions League spot for next season and while caution should be advised until they meet another top six contender, they are doing an excellent job of swatting aside the mid-to-bottom table Premier League sides.
In contrast Palace are on a terrible run of form at home and have failed to even score a goal at Selhurst Park so far this season.
Arsenal to continue these trends and win to nil is available at odds of 5/2 generally.
Hearts vs Celtic & Aberdeen vs Rangers
It’s League Cup semi-final day in Scotland on Sunday and Celtic and Rangers could be in track to meet in a final for the first time since 2011.
Celtic will have to be at their best if Brendan Rodgers is to continue his streak of winning every domestic competition he has entered against Scotland’s surprise early pacemakers Hearts.
The Hoops are much handier in the betting thanks to an inconsistent start to the season and their opponent’s terrific form, but they have looked much more like themselves when scoring ten goals in their last two league games.
In what is always a fiery encounter, Rangers should be able to see of an Aberdeen side who have yet to hit the heights of the last few seasons.
They have arguably not looked this impressive since Walter Smith’s era, while Aberdeen’s very unfavourable recent record against the Old Firm and at Hampden counts against them.
Betting on either or both individually is an option but it looks worth sticking the two in a double at odds of about 15/8 to make a healthier profit.