Andrew Hughes thinks Tottenham will prevail against their closest rivals on Saturday and help to land another weekend multiple in the process
“Tottenham’s high defensive line left them vulnerable to Liverpool’s direct counter-attacks style last weekend, but while Arsenal may attempt to exploit the same tactic, Arsene Wenger’s side lack the flexibility to get the ball forward quickly.”
Chelsea's struggles have opened the door for Tottenham or Arsenal to break into the top four, and with just four points between them, Saturday's north London derby promises to be tenser than usual.
Tottenham's high defensive line left them vulnerable to Liverpool's direct counter-attacks style last weekend, but while Arsenal may attempt to exploit the same tactic, Arsene Wenger's side lack the flexibility to get the ball forward quickly.
They may also be vulnerable in midfield. As Alex Keble points out in his must-read preview, the Arsenal midfield is often given too much to do, particularly away from home, and the in-form Mousa Dembele should be able to stamp his authority on proceedings. Back Spurs to edge this one.
South Africa's one-day fortunes have taken a dive in recent months and after a disappointing Champions Trophy last summer, they have been woeful in three heavy defeats on their home soil by an increasingly dominant Indian side.
There are some mitigating circumstances. Injuries to Quinton de Cock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers have left the batting line-up severely weakened and the makeshift order has failed consistently against India's wrist spin.
South Africa's bowling has also disappointed, with Morne Morkel, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada offering little variety and India's settled batsmen - particularly Virat Kohli - have enjoyed themselves. It may be tempting to back the home side at odds-against, but there were no signs of a revival in Wednesday's 124-run defeat, and it makes sense to stick with the tourists on Saturday.
After convincing opening round wins, Hull FC and Wigan look well-matched as they go into Saturday's historic encounter in Wollongong. This will be the first Super League game to be played outside Europe, and it's a slight surprise to see the Warriors as odds-on favourites.
Challenge Cup winners Hull FC also finished some way ahead of Wigan in Super League last season, and while the Warriors will be hoping for better luck with injuries this season, they are fundamentally the same side as last year, while Hull's steady improvement under Lee Radford can be expected to continue.
It's hard to weigh up how playing in unfamiliar conditions will effect these sides, but at odds-against, Hull are surely the value selection here.
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