North London and Merseyside derbies in the latest matchday Premier League  weekend upcoming…

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Liverpool to beat Everton at 13/10 Ladbrokes

Tottenham to beat Arsenal at 5/2 BetVictor

Crystal Palace to win at Leicester 23/10 BetVictor

Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool’s prospects for the remainder of the season should be transformed by the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge and the goal-scoring cutting edge that he will provide. Surprisingly to me Liverpool have lost only one of their last 16 Merseyside derbies in the Barclays Premier League and they must have a good chance of continuing this trend at the weekend with Everton in flux.

Despite their win at Crystal Palace last weekend, their form is patchy with no wins in six games before that lacking their stability of last year at the back and with players like Lukaku and Barkley lacking form too

In recent weeks Raheem Sterling has been shifted back into the middle, igniting his goal-scroing potential and now with Sturridge back to occupy defenders I fancy Liverpool to press on, winning her at a general price of 13/10

Tottenham v Arsenal

Meanwhile, in North London Spurs have lost just one of their last six Premier League home games againsttheir local rivals and this should be a cracking match between sides fifth and sixth in the table.

Tottenham’s hopes lie with the superb form and chemistry between Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane and whether they can benefit against an occasional chaotic Arsenal back four, and indeed whether tactically Wenger will look to play more conservatively than the side normally does to deal with the threat of Kane in aprticular with 10 league goals since he became a full time starter in November. With the likes of Sanchez, Giroud and the returning-from-injury Wellback lined up on the other side this could well be a game that features goals.

With both sides in good form it is interesting to see the away side installed at 6/5 favourites for the game and Tottenham at 5/2 (Draw 11/4).  Purely on value grounds 5/2 on Spurs here looks very interesting, especially when you look at Arsenal’s recent away league games where they have only won two of their last five Premier League fixtures

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

The nascent recovery of Palace’s fortunes took an unwelcome (for my pocket) hiatus with the home defeat to Everton last week since when Pardew and team were busy at the end of the transfer window. Alan Pardew brought Wilfried Zaha back to the club on a permanent basis, having spent the first half of the season on loan from Manchester United. Palace also signed Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong on deadline day to add to the arrivals of Yaya Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, Senegal left-back Pape Souare from Lille and midfielder Jordon Mutch from QPR for £4.75million.

In terms of this game Leicester have won just one of their last eight home Premier League games and whilst in touch with the other sides at the foot of the table are lacking consistent form. They especially struggle to control games from midfield, and typically have to survive on less than 35% possession in games. As the back foru is often good for a mistake or two per game, it is difficult to secure results

Here Palace, an improving team helped by the return of Jedinak and Bolasie from international duty too are priced at a very tempting 23/10 to go to Leicester and win. It is not immediately obvious to me why the home side should be as short as 7/5

Recommendations

Liverpool to beat Everton at 13/10 Ladbrokes

Tottenham to beat Arsenal at 5/2 BetVictor

Crystal Palace to win at Leicester 23/10 BetVictor