Best Bets of the Weekend: Premier League Matchday 10
We’re backing Arsenal and Aubameyang to keep doing what they’re doing, while our banker comes from outside the big six and this weekend’s acca is a tasty 23/1 fourfold…
Banker of the Weekend: Watford to beat Huddersfield at 3/4
Watford’s ‘blip’ is over after a fine 2-0 win at Wolves last weekend, and the visit of Huddersfield should hold few fears. The Terriers are still searching for their first win of the season and have scored only four goals all season.
Huddersfield’s woes go back to last season – they have now won just one and lost 11 of their last 19 Premier League games – while Watford have won seven of their 12 home games under Javi Gracia.
Fundamentally, with a quarter of the season gone, a team that sits seventh with five wins from nine games should not be anywhere near 3/4 at home against a team in 19th with six defeats.
Long Shot of the Weekend: Draw/Arsenal HT/FT against Crystal Palace at 15/4
It’s getting ridiculous now. Arsenal have not only won seven Premier League games in a row – remarkable in itself – they have now won all seven having been level at half-time. They did the same in midweek against Sporting in the Europa League.
It’s hard to pinpoint a reason for quite why Arsenal remain as laboured in the first half of games as they are irrepressible in the second, but frankly we don’t need to understand why this keeps happening; just enjoy the fact that it does and row in again at nearly 4/1.
To add to the fun, Palace have been level at half-time in four of their six Premier League defeats thus far – including each of the last two – and only fell behind in the last minute of the first half against Liverpool.
Palace have lost three of their four home Premier League games this season, four matches which have featured a grand total of five goals (none of them for Palace). James Milner’s 45th-minute penalty back in August remains the only first-half goal at Selhurst Park this season.
Goalscorer of the Weekend: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score last at 7/2
The Arsenal man has been in red-hot form recently, and has scored the final goal in three of the Gunners’ last four Premier League games. Indeed, he’s scored the last two goals in each of the last two.
We’ve already touched on Arsenal’s extraordinary second-half dominance in recent weeks – 16 of their last 20 Premier League goals have come in the second half – and Aubameyang has been key to that.
Acca of the Weekend: Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford and Arsenal all to win at 23.19/1
The case for Watford against Huddersfield has been made, while Arsenal also look good things at 4/5 to make it eight Premier League wins in a row at struggling Palace.
Brighton have already beaten Manchester United and West Ham at home this season, with their only defeat in four at the Amex against Tottenham; they’re overpriced at 11/5 against a Wolves side that slipped up badly last weekend.
Bournemouth have made a fine start to the season and, while last weekend’s goalless draw against Southampton was disappointing, they can make amends at 7/5 at a Fulham side that has lost its last three and shipped 12 goals in the process.
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