Arsenal vs Bournemouth
Arsenal increased the gap at the top of the Premier League standings to five points with a mid-week thumping of Everton in the postponed fixture of Gameweek No 7 at Emirates Stadium.They will have a great chance to repeat such a showing three days later when bottom-half strugglers Bournemouth come to visit North London in the 26th round of the competition.The Cherries were not capable of causing any problems to the other title candidate Manchester City seven days ago, losing 1-4 at their Vitality Stadium on the occasion.
The visitors are second from bottom with only one point between them and Leeds in the safe zone. However, it is very hard to see them grabbing the salvation points against the current leaders and the main title favorites away at Emirates Stadium.
The victory over Everton was the third consecutive Premier League success. It was also the second game out of these three in which the Gunners bagged four goals.Bukayo Saka delivered a goal and an assist on Wednesday night, while Gabriel Martinelli showed his excellent form with a brace on the occasion.The Brazilian winger now has three goals in the last two appearances and is a great option for the anytime goalscorer pick for the hosts on Saturday.
On top of form, Arsenal have tradition to back them up here. They won 9, drew 2, and lost only 1 of 12 H2H games against the Cherries.The Gunners have won all five home encounters with Bournemouth historically with an impressive 14-2 goal difference in the process.Arsenal celebrated a commanding 0-3 victory when they visited Vitality Stadium in the first half of the season.
Everything points towards an easy home win in what should be a one-way street for Arsenal from the first to the final whistle. We will back the Gunners to win both halves.You can alternatively go with the in-form Gabi Martinelli to score anytime.Do not forget that the Brazilian has been on target in each of the last three of Arsenal’s games.
Prediction : Arsenal to Win and Over 2.5 Goals.
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
Villa put an end to their poor streak with a hard-fought win over Everton the last game week on the road. And now they will be determined to keep this momentum going.
And Crystal Palace could be their perfect opponent. They are on a long winless run, and they have just two wins on the road all through the campaign.
The last four h2h clashes in a row had goals from both teams, and four of the past five had three or more goals as well.And at this venue, the hosts have a perfect winning record in the past seven years, barring a single draw.After two tough back-to-back games against Arsenal and Manchester City, Aston Villa recorded a much-needed 0-2 win on the road the last game week against Everton. And they are hoping to build from here.It helps their cause that they are at home, where they have a 100% winning record in h2h clashes in the past seven-year period barring one draw.Moreover, Palace won just thrice on the road in league games in the past 11 months, and two of these wins came against teams currently placed 19th and 20th in the table.As things stand, expect a win for Aston Villa this weekend.
The latest h2h encounter was a four-goal affair, and four of the past five clashes had three or more goals. Moreover, the last four fixtures of Villa produced 18 goals in total, while their counterparts could muster a single clean sheet on the road in the past five months.It looks like goals are coming in plenty this Saturday.Villa might have the edge this weekend, but note that they let in eight goals from their past two appearances at home. They also registered their last clean sheet at home back in October.Likely, both teams are expected to find the back of the net this weekend.
Villa are in high in confidence after their 0-2 win on the road against Everton and on top of that they also have a near-perfect h2h record against this rival at this venue in the past seven years.Moreover, Palace could win just thrice on the road in the past 11-month period, and all three of these wins came against teams currently placed 16th or below in the table.As such, Aston Villa to Win But do note that they have not fared well in defense lately. They conceded four or more goals in their last two appearances at home, and their latest clean sheet at this ground came almost five months back.As a result, the Both Teams to Score wager looks strong.
Prediction : Aston Villa to Win and Over 2.5 Goals.
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