Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Forest vs Arsenal
Spurs vs Brentford
With one win in their last six games, Tottenham don’t stand out as a particularly attractive odds-on flutter here.
Brentford sit just four points behind their more glamourous London rivals. And the Bees have won three of their last four, including a 2-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last month. Thomas Frank’s side also beat West Ham 2-0 this weekend, even without Ivan Toney.
Toney won’t be a factor here either, of course. But Brentford could still cause this listless Tottenham side some problems. Impressively, the Bees are unbeaten in their last eight London derbies.
The last two meetings between these sides have ended in draws, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the visitors could take all three points in this lunchtime kick-off.
With that in mind, backing Brentford or the draw in the Double Chance market at Evens seems a reasonable approach.
Bournemouth vs Man Utd
Man Utd have won just one of their last six away games, whilst losing four. But United are playing to make certain of a Champions League place, while Bournemouth have already clinched Premier League survival. Does that mean the Cherries might not be at their most focused at the Vitality?
Gary O’Neil’s side have exceeded expectations in this campaign, but it’s probably wise not to get too carried away about their chances this weekend. They’ve lost their last two league games, and been defeated in three of their last four home games too.
With United presumably motivated to produce a win and stay ahead of Liverpool, it’s easy to fancy the visitors – but not the odds-on price. Instead, it might be worth backing BTTS No at Evens. That bet would have paid off in 12 of United’s last 13 league games.
Fulham vs Crystal Palace
Fulham slammed five goals past Leicester in their last home game. But Palace have enjoyed recent trips to Craven Cottage, winning on their last two visits.
When these sides met in the reverse fixture this season, though, the Cottagers ran riot, winning 3-0. Will Marco Silva’s side prove similarly dangerous here, even with Roy Hodgson having breathed new life into this Eagles side?
It could be worth taking a punt on Fulham’s Carlos Vinicius to continue his good run. The Brazilian striker has found the net three times in his last four appearances for the Cottagers. Vinicius is 9/5 to get on the scoresheet.
He’s not the only player in good form here, of course. Eberechi Eze has six goals in seven games for Palace, with a brace last time against Bournemouth. The midfielder is a very backable 4/1 to find the net at any time.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa
Unbeaten in nine and with seven straight wins, Liverpool are finishing the season strongly. But Jurgen Klopp won’t view a visit from Aston Villa lightly, with Unai Emery’s side performing impressively since the Spaniard’s arrival back in November.
Villa’s fine record doesn’t necessarily extend to away games though; Emery’s team have lost their last two, away to Wolves and Man Utd. And Anfield is usually a tough place to get a result.
Mo Salah has scored in his last nine home games for Liverpool – and he’s also found the net against Villa in this fixture in each of the last two seasons.
Furthermore, when these sides met at Villa Park earlier this season, the Egyptian King found the net after five minutes. Salah is 15/4 to open the scoring; or you could back Liverpool to win and Salah to score at any time in a double at 57/50.
Wolves vs Everton
Wolves have won their last four home games without conceding a goal, which is pretty solid. That said, the side are way clear of the relegation zone and have little left to play for – the same is not true of Everton.
With three games left the Toffees are fighting for Premier League survival, and if they can go all out against Julen Lopetegui’s side they can keep some distance between themselves and fellow strugglers Leeds and Leicester, each of whom are seeking to avoid the drop too.
Sean Dyche’s team have shown they have the stomach for a fight. Everton stormed to a 5-1 win over Brighton in their last away game, and are unbeaten in their last three matches on the road.
Dyche is unbeaten against Wolves in his last six Premier League encounters with the side, too. That doesn’t mean his team will prevail against a side that are resolute at Molineux, but they’ll surely give it a crack. The Toffees could earn a draw here at 47/20. Meanwhile, Dwight McNeil is the likeliest source of goals, with four in his last six outings. McNeil is 24/5 to find the net…
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
Tricky one this. There’s surely a universe where a raging Arsenal hit the City Ground with the force of a thousand angry suns, tearing the Tricky Trees asunder.
Equally, having seen any slight hope of landing the title slip away during the Brighton defeat, the dispirited Gunners may not be at their sharpest on Saturday. And that could certainly provide Forest with a great opportunity to ease their relegation concerns.
Forest have won their last two home games, and held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
With both sides seemingly capable of finding the net, maybe sidestepping the result makes sense. Let’s focus instead on goals; Four of Forest’s last five games have featured at least four goals.
Arsenal games typically serve up plenty of goals too – seven of their last nine matches have seen four or more goals scored. Over 3.5 goals at 11/8 has a good chance of paying off.
For Forest, Taiwo Awoniyi has four goals in his last two appearances, and is 5/2 to find the net here.
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