North London derby is taking the spotlight this weekend in the Premier League, but this time the pride of London translates into a Champions League spot. The derby defeat halted Man City record but on midweek their run has already restarted, and the odds on a large win at Fulham are too good to be believed. Great tactical duel between Marcelo Bielsa and Thomas Tuchel, old and new guard of the same style for a symbolic takeover. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham
Sunday, March 14, 2021 – 12:30 PM EDT at Emirates Stadium
When Jose Mourinho smells the blood, he is ready to bite. And Arsenal are often bleeding. Tottenham are there 5 points behind the Champions League spots, and Arsenal are sitting 7 points behind them. What is hurting Tottenham the most is the majestic Chelsea comeback since Tuchel took over, but Spurs still have 1 game in hand and have made the most of more favorable scheduling to line up 3 consecutive wins, something they weren't able to do since November.
Mourinho can't make miracles but can make a group of players express at their best, and Tottenham are eyeing the Europa League journey and League Cup final to get a trophy for the first time after 13 years (although is a bit revolting to consider League Cup a title, and in fact outside League Cup the drought in last since 29 years, the 1992 Charity Shield). All of this to say that Spurs' self-esteem is growing sensibly.
At Arsenal instead, it seems that there is always something missing. The European path is bringing them to the quarter-finals and is helping to boost their confidence, but otherwise domestically the Gunners are a continuous rollercoaster from exaltation to frustration. Mourinho though has something to fix: he lost all 5 direct clashes in the Premier League with the Champions League spots contender or above, so he got an issue still to raise his game.
But the last win came exactly against Arsenal, whose defensive naivety looks perfectly fitting on Mou's game plan. Both also are coming from the Europa League fixture, but Spurs task was way easier at home against Dinamo Zagreb - a flat 2-0 - compared to Arsenal's trip to Piraeus, where the Gunners took down Olympiakos 3-1 but only by scoring the two decisive goals in the last 10 minutes after an intense match. Don't expect many goals, but with those odds especially focus on Mourinho to win, as one more stop could be fatal on the way to the Champions League positions
Leeds vs. Chelsea
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 07:30 AM EST at Elland Road
An extremely fascinating tactical face-off by two managers on the same narrative, Bielsa and Tuchel. Chelsea will keep in mind that nothing less than a battle that expects them on Wednesday to defend their 1-0 against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Under Tuchel there is a staggering sequence of 10 Under 2.5 Goals results out of 11 games, as Leeds too had a less impressive but still relevant portion of 4 Under 2.5 Goals games in the last 6.
Fulham vs. Manchester City
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 03:00 PM EST at Craven Cottage
Only the special factors involved in the Manchester derby could halt City's run, which otherwise has resumed as it was by trashing Southampton 5-2. One of the most impressive things is that City won by a gap of at least 2 goals in 5 out of the last 6 away league games. When they win, they just go all the way. The odds on a handicap win are so high because Fulham lost only 2 games out of the last 18 by more than 1 goal gap. But one of those two was from Manchester City.
Free Soccer Picks: Man City -1.5 at +105 (2.05) with Intertops