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Sunday's Sport: London derbies in the spotlight

Two London derbies and an intriguing clash between two of the form teams in the Premier League - Newcastle United and Fulham - are the highlights of a busy Sunday of sporting action.

Arsenal’s visit to Tottenham is sure to have a major bearing on the destination of the title this season and on the race to finish in the top four, while under-pressure Graham Potter will be desperate for his Chelsea side to beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

In addition there are three matches in rugby union’s Champions Cup, as well as Newcastle’s visit to Cardiff in the Challenge Cup, while in snooker the The Masters comes to a conclusion at Alexandra Palace.

Premier League: Arteta eyes derby success

WhatTottenham v Arsenal
WhereTottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
When16:30, Sunday 15th January
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Football
OddsTottenham 21/10, Draw 13/5, Arsenal 6/5

Despite being held to a goalless draw by Newcastle in their last Premier League match, Arsenal are 11 points better off than their north London rivals, who continue to stutter under Antonio Conte.

Spurs did win 4-0 at Crystal Palace in their last league match, but before that encounter they had picked up an annoying habit of conceding the first goal in games.

Conte’s team were unbeaten in their first seven games of the campaign, but have lost five of their last 11 and are in danger of failing to secure a top-four spot for only the third time in the last eight seasons.

Harry Kane, Spurs’ top scorer for the last eight seasons, continues to shine though and can be backed at 4/1 to 'Score the First Goal' on Sunday.

Premier League: Potter desperate to relieve the pressure

WhatChelsea v Crystal Palace
WhereStamford Bridge, London
When14:00, Sunday 15th January
OddsChelsea 4/6, Draw 14/5, Crystal Palace 15/4

Former Brighton manager Potter has only been in charge at Stamford Bridge for just over four months, but the pressure is growing on him after his side’s 2-1 loss at Fulham on Thursday left them stranded in mid-table.

Chelsea have won their last 11 meetings against Palace though and Patrick Vieira's side have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions, so it would appear that Potter could not have wished for much better opponents to face at such a difficult time for him.

A 2-0 victory for Chelsea is available at 7/1, while Newcastle can be backed at 1/2 to beat Fulham at St James’ Park.

Champions Cup: Exiles target crucial victory

WhatLondon Irish v Stormers
WhereGtech Community Stadium, Brentford
When13:00, Sunday 15th January
How to watchBT Sport 1
OddsLondon Irish 6/5, Tie 20/1, Stormers 8/11

After losing their first two Champions Cup games before Christmas, London Irish need a victory against Stormers to boost their qualification hopes.

The Premiership side lost 32-27 at home to Montpellier before suffering a 34-14 defeat to Stormers in Cape Town, leaving them struggling in Pool B.

Stormers will be seeking back-to-back wins against the Exiles after suffering an opening-round 24-14 defeat at Clermont Auvergne.

The Irish beat Bristol in their last Premiership game, while Stormers lost to Glasgow last weekend in the United Rugby Championship.

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