This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off on Saturday lunchtime as Newcastle host Arsenal at St James’ Park – we preview this and all of the weekend’s TV games.
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Saturday 29th August / 12.45pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||Evens||Bet365, BetVictor|
|Arsenal 1-0||Correct Score||7/1||Bet365|
|Arsenal 2-0||Correct Score||7/1||Bet365|
|Olivier Giroud (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/2||Paddy Power|
|Laurent Koscielny (ew)||First Goalscorer||33/1||Paddy Power|
The Magpies have yet to win in the Premier League this season (D2, L1) and face an Arsenal side who themselves have just one victory to their name so far (D1, L1).
Fans of both sides will remember the 4-4 game here back in Feb 2011, when Arsenal were 4-0 up at half-time before a remarkable second-half comeback by the Magpies. However, since then this fixture at St James’ Park has finished 0-0, 0-1, 0-1 and 1-2.
We recommend backing Arsenal to win 1-0 and 2-0 – both at 7/1 with Bet365 who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0.
Olivier Giroud scored both Arsenal goals in that 1-2 win here last season and scored twice in the reverse fixture at the Emirates. He also scored the only goal in this fixture the previous season and has a total of 8 goals in five starts vs Newcastle.
We therefore suggest backing him each-way to score first at stand-out odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power (1/3 odds for the ‘place’ – if he scores any of the first 5 goals). The Irish bookmaker also offer best odds of 13/2 on him scoring two or more goals.
Another Frenchman, Laurent Koscielny, missed Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday night with a bad back, but if the centre-back starts he is also worth backing to score first on the basis that he has scored the first goal in two of Arsenal’s last five games against Newcastle. Again Paddy Power offer the best odds of 33/1.
Spurs v Everton
Saturday 29th August / 5.30pm
|Romelu Lukaku (ew)||First Goalscorer||15/2||Sky Bet|
|Kevin Mirallas (ew)||First Goalscorer||11/1||Paddy Power|
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||8/11||BetVictor|
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||17/20||BetVictor|
|Everton 2-1||Correct Score||14/1||Betfred|
|Tottenham 2-1||Correct Score||8/1||Betfred|
Another game between two sides with just a single win between them so far this season, with Everton (W1, D1, L1) having beaten Southampton at St. Marys, while Tottenham have yet to collect 3 points (D2, L1).
Everton, who have looked dangerous on the counter attack, will fancy their chances against a Spurs defence that has conceded in 9 of their last 10 home matches.
Romelu Lukaku has looked particularly sharp and we suggest backing him each-way to score first at best odds of 15/2 with Sky Bet, while Kevin Mirallas has scored in 2 of Everton’s last 3 visits to White Hart Lane and is best price 11/1 with Paddy Power.
But Tottenham have a good recent record against the Toffees – winning their last 3 meetings. Plus Everton have not won on any of their last seven visits here (D2, L5).
Given that both sides have scored in 11 of Tottenham’s last 16 home games and 4 of Everton’s last 5 away games, we suggest backing Both Teams To Score at best odds of 8/11 with BetVictor and Over 2.5 Goals at 17/20 with the same bookmaker.
We also recommend backing both sides to win 2-1 with Betfred, who refund losing Correct Score bets on all televised games that finish 1-1.
Southampton v Norwich
Sunday 30th August / 1.30pm
|Russell Martin (ew)||First Goalscorer||40/1||Paddy Power|
|Graziano Pelle (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/2||Bet365|
Yet again, two teams with just one win between them so far, with the Canaries (W1, D1, L1) having won 3-1 at Sunderland, while the Saints will be hoping that home advantage gives them the edge as they look for a first win of the season (D2, L1).
Norwich have scored in each of their first three games and with Southampton conceding 3 goals (to Everton) in their only home match so far this season, Betfred are taking a chance in offering 1/2 on them scoring for a fourth consecutive match.
Defender Russell Martin has scored in each of the last two games and is a handful when coming up for corners – Paddy Power offer 40/1 on him scoring first here.
Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle scored in each of Southampton’s last three home games last season and the Italian can be backed each-way at 9/2 with Bet365 to score first.
Swansea v Manchester United
Sunday 30th August / 4pm
|Swansea (+0.5)||Asian Handicap||3/4||BetVictor|
|Bafetimbi Gomis||First Goalscorer||7/1||BetVictor|
|Wayne Rooney||First Goalscorer||11/2||William Hill|
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||10/11||Betfred|
The Swans did the double over Manchester United last season, winning both games 2-1 (another 2-1 is 12/1 with Bet365) and come into this fixture unbeaten, having scored in each of their three league games.
Given that (Champions League aside) United are struggling in front of goal, we feel that the bet here is to be with Swansea once again, but on a derivative market.
Swansea/Draw No Bet at best odds of 6/4 with Coral is one way of playing it – but we would rather be with Swansea getting a 0.5 goal start at 3/4 with BetVictor, in the knowledge that we will win should Swansea draw or win the game.
Bafetimbi Gomis has scored in each of the Swan’s first three games this season, to add to five goals in the last six games of last season – and he also scored the winner in this fixture last season. He looks overpriced at 7/1 with BetVictor to score first.
Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick in midweek and you can back him to score first at 11/2 with William Hill with their 2nd Goalscorer Insurance – money back as a free bet if your player scores the second goal instead.
Finally, Swansea have failed to score in just 3 of 20 home matches since the start of last season and given both sides have scored in five of their last six meetings, we suggest a bet on both teams scoring at a stand-out price of 10/11 with Betfred.