Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the historical superpowers of English football with massive followings around the world. However, in the modern era of huge overseas investment in Premier League clubs even millionaire owners cannot compete with the resources available to Manchester City due to the backing of some of the richest men in the world. Studies show that there is a relationship between the size of a club’s wage bill and their average finishing position in the league. Or to put it another way City have the most money and are the champions elect this season.
Arsene Wenger keeps living to fight another day and is running out of lives. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil always seem to be on the brink of leaving the club but should be playing against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium tonight. Jurgen Klopp’s brand of heavy metal football produces many goals but Liverpool continue to show frailties at the back. ARSENAL have won all but one of their last 14 Premier League fixtures on their own patch so should be backed tonight at 6/4.
There are six matches in the second round of the darts PDC World Championship tonight and Michael Van Gerwen is topping the bill. The defending champion and number one seed plays the 32 seed so the draw has worked out as expected. Van Gerwen has played James Wilson four times and won every match and is 1/33 to progress this time. The Dutchman is different class and is only 5/6 with Ladbrokes to win this match four sets to nil and that is the standout bet of the night.
There is a decent card at Newbury today worth £137,000 over six races which is more like it after some derisory money on offer during this week. Potentially the best horse in action is Finian’s Oscar at 2.30pm. The horse won at Grade 1 level over hurdles but couldn’t keep up with the pace in the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown 13 days ago. Today’s trip means the horse will be more in his comfort zone and the ratings suggest FINIAN’S OSCAR should be backed at Evens with William Hill.