Tottenham’s lead on their bitter rivals was cut to just four points over the weekend as a late winner gave Arsenal all three points at Anfield. Spurs then were a little unfortunate to be beaten 3-1 by Manchester United following an impressive performance, which now leaves the Gunners in a strong position to take third place.
Arsene Wenger’s side now face Newcastle at the Emirates and spread punters will likely have taken note of their excellent scoring run. The two goals at Anfield took the Gunners’ total to 17 in six league games, at an average of 2.8 per contest. Arsenal’s past four Premier League games have all seen over 2.5 goals and Robin van Persie continues to fire.
The Dutchman’s brace against Liverpool took his total to 25 league goals for the season and buyers of his player performance spread have enjoyed a fruitful campaign. Van Persie has scored three times in his past two league games. Although the earlier league meeting between the clubs finished goalless, van Persie scored twice against the Magpies in the previous league match at St James’ Park.
England need only a point against Montenegro on Friday evening to secure their place at Euro 2012. As we’ve seen over the years though, the Three Lions have never made things easy for themselves. Fabio Capello’s side edged past Wales last time out as they continued to struggle on their own turf, which could have been far worse if Robert Earnshaw hadn’t missed an open goal late on.
Still, spread bettors looking at England’s final Group G game will likely have seen that the side have thrived on the road thus far. Buyers of England's supremacy won’t be disappointed to hear that England have won all three of their away games convincingly. England have bagged eight goals in those three away outings, conceding only once during that run.
Wayne Rooney has been on fire this season and that’ll have spread punters weighing up a bet on his player performance spread. The Man United striker scored twice in the Three Lions’ most recent away game in Bulgaria and he is the joint top scorer in the side with three.
England head off to Wales for their fifth and final ODI against India knowing they cannot be caught after the tie at Lord’s gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead. MS Dhoni was once again left cursing the English summer as his side saw victory snatched away from them at the death.
The India captain has had a torrid tour, but he has at last found some form with the bat. Dhoni played superbly at Lord’s and his unbeaten 78 lead India to an impressive total of 280. He has now made 147 runs in his past two 50-over matches and that’ll likely have spread bettors looking to buy his player performance at the SWALEC Stadium. His performance make-up last time was only just behind Suresh Raina who contributed 84 runs to India’s efforts last Sunday and he is once again showing his pedigree in this format of match.
Andre Villas-Boas opted to drop Fernando Torres to the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light over the weekend and the young manager could well do the same for Bayer Leverkusen’s visit. Striker Nicolas Anelka put in a good shift against Sunderland having been handed a start and he’ll be hoping to get his name on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge. He has one goal from his two starts this season.
Even though Chelsea were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of last season’s competition, the Frenchman had a fantastic scoring run. Anelka found the back of the net seven times in his nine Champions League matches and that will likely have spread bettors looking at his player performance index and goal minutes - Sporting Index offer 20-23 - against Leverkusen.
The Germans have made a decent start to their domestic league, but have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their three away league contests.
Jimmy Anderson capped off England’s fantastic performance at Lord’s by taking a five-fer in the second innings and with that having his name etched onto the history boards. The Lancashire paceman moved to second in the world rankings in the bowling stakes, with just Dale Steyn above him. England needed to claim nine wickets from the final day's play in the first Test and Anderson ended the innings with figures of 5/65.
The action now moves onto Trent Bridge and Anderson has fond memories of the Nottingham ground. England smashed Pakistan on their last game here and won by an impressive 354 runs. Any punters that enjoy a bet on the player performance markets might have spotted that Anderson was in fine form in that victory and that he finished with eleven wickets in the match. His second innings figures were 6 for 17 runs, taking his wicket total at Trent Bridge to 28 - at an average of just 15.89.