Side with Spurs
Tipster Dave Tindall looks for more Premier League profits in his weekly betting column.
By Dave Tindall
Last Updated: 15/11/12 10:28pm
(Last week's headline tip landed as Luis Suarez - recommended as Liverpool's first goalscorer at 9/4 v Chelsea - netted the equaliser at Stamford Bridge)
The big north London derby is Sky Sports' Saturday lunchtime offering and Sky Bet go: 10/11 Arsenal, 13/5 the draw and 11/4 Spurs. This fixture has been riddled with goals over the last few seasons with the last five producing 7, 3, 6, 5 and 5. Add that to the fact that Spurs have been better away from home this season (3 wins compared to 2 at home) and there is a juicy way of backing AVB's side at 5/1. The market is Tottenham to win and both teams to score and it looks a good way of increasing the payout on a basic Spurs win at 11/4. To add some supporting evidence, Spurs won 3-2 at The Emirates two seasons ago while in the current campaign they've conceded in all three of their away wins - 3-1 at Reading, 3-2 at Man Utd and 2-1 at Southampton. Arsenal have won just two of their five home games so have hardly been formidable in front of their own fans.
Wigan have taken all three points from their last two visits to White Hart Lane. So having beaten Liverpool 2-1 in front of The Kop last year, they must have a pretty decent chance of recording successive wins at Anfield when they make the short trip to Merseyside on Saturday. Liverpool seem utterly incapable of rolling over teams at Anfield; it always seems a huff and puff job even if they do eventually emerge with the win. Wigan are 13/2 to secure the victory and that simply has to be value. Roberto Martinez's men have a habit of winning on the big grounds (they also triumphed at The Emirates last season) so, while they're definitely not punting material at short prices on their home patch, they are worth a big-priced punt away from home.
After Zlatan Ibrahimovic's sensational four-goal salvo against England, it may cause some amusement amongst non-English fans to look at the latest betting for World Cup 2014. While Roy Hodgson's men are 18/1, it's a long scroll down the listings to find Sweden at 150s. Should they be eight times the price of England? Clearly not, but the odds, of course, reflect how much money Sky Bet will take on each team respectively. Hosts Brazil head the betting at 3/1, ahead of Argentina at 9/2 and holders Spain at 5s. Germany come next at 15/2 while Holland, at 16s, are the only other team shorter in the betting than England.
England looked to have a huge task on their hands when they started the four-Test series against India on Thursday. For starters, England hadn't won a Test series there since 1984/5 and since that triumph, they'd managed just a single win in 12 Tests on Indian soil. To be fair, India have put most visiting teams to the sword and their home record is pretty phenomenal - 10 wins and four draws from the last 14 series on their own soil. Not surprisingly, Sky Bet made India clear 8/15 favourites to triumph, with England 7/2 and a drawn series 100/30. Don't worry if you missed those prices. Sky Bet will have in-running betting on all four Tests.
He's a fine singer and a lovely lad but I can't quite believe that Jahmene Douglas has replaced Ella Henderson as favourite to win the X Factor. However, Sky Bet know what they're doing and these odds now reflect a surge in support for the ex-Supermarket worker. The betting on the final six shows Jahmene at 5/4, Ella 7/4, James Arthur 7/2, Christopher Maloney 16/1, Union J 16/1 and Rylan Clark as the 66/1 outsider. Over on I'm A Celebrity, Brian Conley has quickly gone to the front of the market and is Sky Bet's 2/1 favourite. Former Coronation actress Helen Flanagan has been a big part of the show so far and that has seen her slashed to joint 5/1 second favourite alongside Charlie Brooks. As for Strictly, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is now the odds-on favourite at 10/11. Denise van Outen at 9/4 is his nearest rival.