Blues can stun misfiring Gunners

Chelsea can move nine points clear of ailing Arsenal by winning Saturday’s London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Both clubs have had similar seasons so far, enjoying long unbeaten sequences before enduring difficult recent runs.

The Gunners remain solid at home but have failed to win any of their last five away matches and were devoid of midfield inspiration in last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Ham.

Maurizio Sarri’s team have recovered from a grim spell of three losses in six games to put together a four-match unbeaten run built on a strong defence.

They have not scored more than two goals in a game since the 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace in early November – a run of 11 matches – but can grind out a narrow 1-0 victory, available at 11.25, against Unai Emery’s side.

No happy return for Hodgson

Elsewhere, former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will be keen to frustrate the Premier League leaders when he brings his Crystal Palace side to Anfield.

The Eagles have been better on their travels than at Selhurst Park this term and have beaten Manchester City and Wolves in their last two away contests.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s side should be able to break down a no doubt well-organised Palace defence and a repeat of the 2-0 victory they enjoyed at Selhurst Park in August is not out of the question at 6.85.

United can floor Seagulls

Manchester United can continue their excellent run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by beating Brighton at Old Trafford and gaining some revenge for their 3-2 loss to the Seagulls in the second game of the season.

Five league victories in a row have catapulted United into top-four contention and, with their next three games being against Burnley, Leicester and Fulham, they can pile the pressure on the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in the next few weeks.

A draw at half time and United win at full time is available at 3.90.

Spurs to draw at last

Tottenham have a host of injury problems to contend with, not least Harry Kane’s absence, but Son Heung-min’s departure for the Asian Cup could be equally problematic for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Incredibly Spurs have not drawn any of their 22 Premier League matches to date, but that run could come to an end at Craven Cottage with a draw against Fulham on Sunday good value at 3.45.

Puel to settle for a point

Wolves and Leicester City have been probably the two most unpredictable teams in the top-flight this season.

Wolves have beaten Chelsea and Spurs but lost to Huddersfield and Cardiff, while the Foxes have emerged victorious against Manchester City and Chelsea, only to lose to the Bluebirds and Southampton in their last two home games.

The pressure is once again building on Leicester boss Claude Puel who may have to settle for a draw on Saturday at 3.20.

Hammers have a spring in their step

Bournemouth’s season is in danger of unravelling – they have lost nine of their last 12 fixtures – and face a West Ham United side that are on a high after beating Arsenal last weekend.

The Hammers are one of the form teams in the top-flight as they have won six of their last nine matches and can add to Eddie Howe’s problems by winning in both halves at 9.00.

Benitez to enjoy rare win

It promises to be a grim affair at St James’ Park when relegation rivals Newcastle United and Cardiff City meet.

Rafa Benitez’s side will have been buoyed by their midweek FA Cup win at Blackburn while Cardiff were fortunate to draw 0-0 with rock-bottom Huddersfield last weekend.

The Bluebirds have scored just two goals in their last five games and have only managed six in 10 away encounters all season.

It may not be pretty but Newcastle can edge to a crucial three points by beating Neil Warnock’s team 1-0 (6.60).

City can go goal crazy

It looks set to be a damage-limitation exercise for managerless Huddersfield when Manchester City visit the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers did draw at City last season, but lost 6-1 to Pep Guardiola’s team in August and have scored a measly five times in 11 home matches this term.

A City win by three or more goals should be taken up at 4.30.

Elsewhere and Southampton can continue their recent renaissance by beating Everton with a revitalised Shane Long 8.00 to score the first goal while Watford can bring Burnley’s three-match winning run to an end by beating Sean Dyche’s side by two goals at Vicarage Road at 4.55.