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Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Arsenal vs Brentford

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Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Arsenal vs Brentford

Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Arsenal vs Brentford

Man Utd vs Everton

After two straight defeats for Man United, surely Erik ten Hag’s men can pick up a win against an Everton team whose current struggles make the Manchester side seem like they don’t have a care in the world?

Everton slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham last week, Sean Dyche’s decision to drop Dominic Calvert Lewin producing mixed results. Yes, Beto did score the opener – but he also missed a penalty before that.

More broadly, Everton have failed to win any of their last 10 league games, while United have come out on top in the last four encounters between the sides in all comps.

The Red Devils have been caught out unexpectedly at Old Trafford on a few occasions in this campaign. But surely they can overcome these opponents in the lunchtime kick-off.

With neither side currently scoring for fun, combining United to win and under 3.5 goals in a double at 17/10 could pan out.

That said, perhaps Alejandro Garnacho is worth backing to find the net for the hosts. He scored in the reverse fixture and has also scored a brace in two of his last four home games. Garnacho is 23/10 to find the net.

Bournemouth vs Sheffield United

Bournemouth arrested a recent winless run by beating Burnley 2-0 last time; a visit from Sheffield United looks a fine opportunity for the Cherries to make it two wins on the bounce.

The Blades’ dismal season continued with a 6-0 defeat to Arsenal on Monday night; in four of the South Yorkshire side’s last seven games, they’ve conceded five or more goals.

The hosts are huge favourites to win, not unreasonably. But whether Bournemouth will bury the Blades or have to settle for a narrower win is less certain. The Cherries haven’t scored more than two goals in a game in their last eight league matches.

Perhaps backing Justin Kluivert to score at 6/4 is a decent approach; he found the net against Burnley last week, and tends to flourish against less fearsome teams – including Sheffield United back in November.

Crystal Palace vs Luton

Oliver Glasner won his first home game in charge, and will be hopeful of picking up another three points against Luton on Saturday. Even if the Hatters won the reverse fixture back in November, when Roy Hodgson was still in charge.

As far as current form goes, it’s four straight defeats for Luton in the Prem now, despite Rob Edwards’ side undeniable willingness to scrap. Luton looked good for a point against Villa at Kenilworth Road last time out, only for the Birmingham side to nick the win in the 89th minute.

Will this be another hard-fought encounter? On recent evidence, backing BTTS looks a no-brainer at 4/5. Six of Luton’s last seven games in all comps have featured at least four goals, too, so backing over 3.5 goals at 11/5 is another potential winner.

Wolves vs Fulham

With both these sides in decent form at the moment, this one’s tricky to call – not least because Fulham in particular are a tad Jekyll-and-Hyde, soaring and sliding in a way that’s not always easy to anticipate.

Fulham won 3-2 when these sides met at Craven Cottage in November. But in the Premier League, Wolves have never lost in seven home games against the Cottagers.

Still, always happy to jump on a bandwagon, I’m tempted to back Fulham’s Rodrigo Muniz to score once again. Muniz has five goals in five games for the West London club, and is 43/20 to add to that tally at Molineux.

Arsenal vs Brentford

Can Arsenal’s recent glut of goals continue as they welcome Brentford to the Emirates for this tea-time kick-off?

On Monday, Mikel Arteta’s side blew Sheffield United away 6-0 – scoring four within the first 25 minutes. It was the Gunners’ seventh league win on the bounce; the north London side have scored 31 goals over that run.

Brentford’s fortunes are less cheerful, some Bees fans even booing Thomas Frank last week after a draw to Chelsea. That might sound incredibly harsh – but the team have lost 12 of their last 16 league games, which might account for the current discontent.

Regardless, there’s little appeal in backing Arsenal to win at a heavily odds-on price. Over 3.5 goals at 11/10 is a better bet that would have paid off in six of Arsenal’s last seven games. You could also consider backing Kai Havertz to score; he is 31/20 to find the net, and has done so in his last three league appearances…

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