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

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

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

Arsenal vs Newcastle

The good news is that Newcastle scored three goals last week against Brentford. The bad news is they still didn’t win. Eddie Howe’s Magpies continue their search for a first league win of the season, somewhat farcically – could it come against Arsenal?

The Gunners were taught a chastening lesson against Liverpool last time out, but they’ve been pretty solid since September, and a visit from the Premier League’s rock bottom side seems as good a way as any for Arteta to put that Anfield defeat behind him.

Emile Smith Rowe has scored in three of his last four appearances for Arsenal – and on two of those occasions, it’s been the last goal scored in the match. The young England player is 11/5 to score at any time, or 13/2 if you think he can continue his recent habit of scoring the last goal of the match.

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa

Palace have lost just two league games so far this season, but the Eagles are building a reputation as draw specialists under Paddy Vieira, with seven ties so far this season – five of which have come in the last seven matches.

Will this be another stalemate? Steven Gerrard’s first game as Aston Villa boss ended in a victory for the former Rangers man, after the side had lost their previous five matches under Dean Smith. Can Stevie G maintain that winning start in South London?

Well, Palace have won five of their last six home matches against the Villans. Factor in the team’s difficulties since Jack Grealish was sold, and perhaps this could be a tough afternoon for Gerrard. Palace might have struggled for wins so far this season, but backing the hosts at 6/5 here could be the right call.

Liverpool vs Southampton

It’s difficult to see how Southampton get anything at Anfield against a Liverpool side that rarely put a foot wrong, particularly when the Saints warmed up for this one by losing to Norwich.

Maybe that’s more a tribute to Dean Smith’s instant influence, rather than Ralph Hasenhuttl’s haplessness – but either way, the south coast side will need Liverpool to be extremely out of sorts to get anything out of this match.

The last four meetings between these sides at Anfield have ended 3-0, 3-0, 4-0, and most recently 2-0 in Liverpool’s favour. Liverpool to win to nil is a 13/10 shot. Diogo Jota, who has scored in his last two appearances at Anfield, is 59/50 to find the net.

Norwich City vs Wolves

Somehow, Wolves have moved up to sixth in the Premier League table without anyone really noticing.

Bruno Lage’s team have arguably benefited from the fact they haven’t really played too many tough matches yet (and West Ham were far from their best last week), but let’s not worry about that right now – the important thing is, Wolves have proved they can beat the weaker sides.

Do Norwich still fall into that category? They’ve won back-to-back games, which has to have done the side’s collective confidence a world of good – but it’s nine years since they last won three consecutive games in the Prem.

Do we keep on believing in Norwich? If so, Teemu Pukki, who has scored in the last two games for the Canaries, is 21/10 to score at any time here.

If Wolves’ stealthy ascent of the table has impressed, you might want to consider backing Hee-Chan Hwang to score. He’s 12/5 to score at any time, and is Wolves’ leading scorer this season. Furthermore, his goals have come against Leeds, Watford and Newcastle – all sides that haven’t been pulling up any trees. Norwich would seem to fit that criteria, too…

Brighton vs Leeds

The Seagulls are looking for their first win since September, and lost last time out to Gerrard’s Villa. But Leeds have had a disappointing second season thus far, their only wins coming against Watford and Norwich.

Leeds do welcome back Raphinha, which could make a difference, but Patrick Bamford is still out. Brighton have a fine record against the Yorkshire side, having won eight of their last nine matches against them.

This is a chance for both teams to turn things round, then. But with Graham Potter’s side tying five of their last seven league games, it would be no shock if this one ends honours even too; the draw is a 12/5 shot.

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