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February results: 3 out of 7
United to be the toast of Dundee
Languishing 23 points behind their opponents, Dundee appear doomed to life back in the First Division after a difficult season in the Scottish Premier League. Barry Smith’s sacking may have been harsh, but results weren’t going the club’s way and, although unrealistically, they want to stay in the league things had to change. Controversially, ex-Dens midfielder John Brown was appointed his replacement and some Dundee fans struggled to see what he could change, however one game in Dundee appear to up for the near impossible task of staying in the league. A 2-2 draw at home to St Johnstone showed a Dundee team galvanised and threatening their opponents more than in any of their last 13 in the league. Bomber Brown also came out this week to publicly state his dislike for ‘Arabs’ and you can bet he’ll have got his players feeling the same way going in to today’s derby with Dundee United. The visitors to Dens Park have had a different time of it lately. Losing just one in their last eight, Jackie McNamara’s men are slowly but surely improving. Recent draws with Inverness and Hibs haven’t been ideal, but given both teams are above United in the table then they can be considered decent results. Celtic may have fired 6 by them just two weeks ago, but today won’t be as difficult a challenge as the league runaway leaders. You have to go back seven years ago to find the last time Dundee scored in a derby, and another year before to see the last time United lost in a derby match. The only negative for the Tannadice side is the potential absence of Johnny Russell who recovers from an injury picked up last week. If the Scotland under-21 striker does make it though, then we have to heavily back the UNITED win at 4/5.
Times are changing in North London
There was a time when Arsenal seemed like the only side in North London, but since the arrival of Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane things have steadily improved. The experienced Harry took Spurs to fourth in both 2011 and 2012, but that wasn’t enough for Daniel Levy who felt the club had to advance towards the top of the league. In came sacked Chelsea boss Andre Vilas-Boas and the Portuguese gaffer has done just that. They sit four points above Arsenal and just one behind Chelsea in third going in to this one. They’ve won four of their last five and have one man in particular to thank for that. Gareth Bale has been majestic as Spurs have maintained their place with the league front-runners. He has 15 goals this season – six of which have come in his last four games. If Arsenal are to have any chance today then they have to stop Gareth Bale. Significantly for Arsene Wenger, he misses Bacary Sagna at right-back today and it’s highly doubtful that Carl Jenkinson can do as good a job on Bale as the Frenchman. Arsenal won their last game against Aston Villa on a nervy afternoon, but lost to Bayern Munich and Blackburn Rovers before that so will have to improve their performance if they’re to take anything away from this tough derby. The form points to a SPURS win and that’s what we’re backing at 6/5.
Lyon ready to go top
The final pick of the day comes in France where Lyon visit Brest. Not ones for usually dipping our toes outside the UK, we have to be certain that a win is the most likely outcome and we’re sure Lyon can do the business against their opponents. Lyon sit just three points behind PSG who lost 1-0 to Reims yesterday; a win today would take them joint top. Brest on the other hand sit in 15th, just four points away from relegation and in real need of picking up points to pull them away from the danger zone. Lyon are at full strength as Bafetimbi Gomis and Lisandro Lopez head their attack and only Yohan Gourcuff a big miss for Remi Garde’s side. Don’t expect a high scoring game as the last five between these teams have finished with just two goals scored, but what you can expect is a LYON win at 10/11.
So for the Treble today we’ve backed wins for United in the Dundee derby and Spurs in the North London one – all based on recent form. Lyon have too much at stake to lose against an average Brest team and coming together at 6.56/1 it’s a sound treble bet for this Sunday’s football .
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