Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will certainly have added incentive to bank three points at White Hart Lane on Saturday. The visitors are his former club Chelsea where he suffered a miserable first spell in England. After a sticky start with Spurs, AVB can now boast a win at Old Trafford on his CV and that forms part of a run which has yielded 12 points out of 12. Chelsea are flying too and lead the league by four points after dropping just two out of 21 so far. Chelsea thrashed Spurs 5-1 in their FA Cup semi earlier this year but three of the last four league meetings have ended as draws, including the last two at White Hart Lane. Another good stat is that, in the league, Spurs haven't lost a London derby on home soil since 2007. For several reasons therefore, a point apiece looks a good option so back the draw at 12/5.
Brian McDermott has very happy memories of Anfield - it was the scene of his first ever win as Reading coach. That came in the FA Cup in 2010 not long after he'd taken over from now Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers and it would come as no surprise if McDermott and his team emerged with something again on Saturday. Liverpool have won just two of their 13 home league games at Anfield in 2012 and are winless in the four they've played at home this season. With Pepe Reina a doubt, Luis Suarez coming back from a long trip to South America and England's game in Poland delaying the returns of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson this could be another difficult afternoon for Liverpool's fans. Reading at 8/1 or the draw at 7/2 are certainly decent options but, given Liverpool's leaky defence, I like the 7/2 about Pavel Pogrebnyak in the anytime scorer market. The Russian has netted in three of Reading's four road games this season so functions very well away from home.
Wigan striker Arouna Kone has made a bright start in English football with three goals in his last six league games. And if he could pick a defence on which to prey this weekend it would probably be Swansea's. Brian Laudrup's men kept clean sheets in their first two games but have since shipped 13 in their last six, conceding at least twice in all those games. Koune's pace and powerful running is likely to give the Swans plenty of headaches and, given his eye for goal, the Ivorian is well worth a punt at 5/2 to find the net again.