Only two teams in the top four divisions have a 100 per cent record going into this weekend’s action and they meet at Anfield on Saturday evening. Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool normally produces goals and plenty of them. In fact, the last six Premier League games at Anfield, a total of 30 goals have been scored at an average of 5.0 per game. This is the stand-out fixture this weekend and is one of the games highlighted by Charlie Mullan in his weekly betting column.
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Liverpool to beat Arsenal & BTTS at 7/5
Arsenal (5/1) travel to Liverpool (1/2) with both sides hoping to extend their winning starts to the season. The Reds have began the campaign by beating newly-promoted Norwich 4-1 and last weekend’s 2-1 win at Southampton. The Gunners followed up their 1-0 opening day win at Newcastle by beating Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates.
Last season, Liverpool led the league with 21 clean sheets with first choice goalkeeper Alisson between the posts, but his injury in their win over the Canaries has left the Reds relying on back-up keeper Adrian. The free agent summer signing conceded a goal against Norwich and another last week at Saints and the Gunners will fancy their chances of finding the back of the net at Anfield like they did last season when Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave Unai Emery’s side the lead in the 11th minute. That advantage didn’t last long as Liverpool led 2-1 within five minutes before winning the match 5-1. BTTS has happened in six of the last seven meetings including both league games last term.
Liverpool are 7/5 with SportPesa to win with both teams scoring while the Gunners are 15/2 to win with goals for both sides. The two sides met in a 3-3 draw at Arsenal in December 2017 and another score draw is trading at 15/4. Mohamed Salah leads the goalscoring market with the Egyptian 7/2 to open the scoring and 10/11 to be an anytime scorer while strike partner Sadio Mane is 4/1 to be first scorer and 1/1 to score anytime. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 6/1 to score the game’s first goal for Arsenal and 9/5 to be an anytime scorer while Alexandre Lacazette is 8/1 to net the first goal at Anfield.
BTTS – Norwich v Chelsea, Fleetwood v Accrington, Rochdale v Blackpool
After losing 4-1 at Liverpool on their return to the Premier League, Norwich (16/5) could have been forgiven for following that up with a home defeat to Newcastle last weekend. Instead, Daniel Farke’s side added to the woes currently being experienced by Magpies’ manager Steve Bruce with a 3-1 win at Carrow Road.
It was the eighth consecutive league game in which BTTS has happened in games featuring the Canaries. Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester on Sunday after Mason Mount gave Frank Lampard’s side an early lead so there is every chance BTTS will happen in this fixture at Carrow Road. After just two rounds of fixtures, Teemu Pukki is the league’s leading scorer with four which includes the Premier League second’s hat-trick of the season against the Magpies.
Pukki leads the market in scoring the game’s first goal at 4/1 and the Finnish finisher is 13/10 to be an anytime scorer. Mount has scored Chelsea’s only league goal of the season as Lampard started both league games with Tammy Abraham up front. Abraham has come close to scoring a couple of times and he is 4/1 to open the scoring and 13/10 to be an anytime scorer. Norwich are 21/4 to claim all three points with goals for both teams while Chelsea are 39/20 to win and both teams finding the net.
Until Sunderland (10/19) learn to keep clean sheets, they are likely to be included in most people’s BTTS accumulators. It has been well documented how many times it happened in their League One matches last season (33), and they are on course to beat that total this season. All four of their league fixtures this season have seen both the Black Cats and their opponents find the back of the net. In their first three matches, they conceded the first goal and rallied to take a point against Oxford and Ipswich before beating Portsmouth last weekend.
In their midweek fixture, Sunderland scored the first goal at Rochdale in a 2-1 win at Rochdale. Three teams have been involved in matches where both sides have scored in all their games and Jack Ross’ side host one of the other two – AFC Wimbledon (5/1). The Dons are yet to win a league game this season despite taking the lead in their last three fixtures. They failed to hold on and were beaten by Fleetwood and Ipswich both by a 3-2 scoreline while drawing 1-1 at home to Accrington in the middle of those defeats.
Wimbledon are 47/20 to score the first goal for the fourth game running while Sunderland are 10/27 to open the scoring. Sunderland have won the last three meetings 2-1 and another 2-1 win for the Stadium of Light side is trading at 7/1 with SportPesa. Sunderland to win and goals for both teams is available at 23/10 while the Dons are 10/1 to win with both teams scoring.
Fleetwood (4/5) are the third League One side whose first four games have seen both teams scoring and they take on Accrington (7/2) at Highbury Stadium. Two of the three games Stanley have played have seen goals for both teams including their 3-2 defeat at home to Shrewsbury on Tuesday night despite leading 2-0 with 13 minutes to play. Accrington have yet to score a goal in the first half while three of the six goals Sunderland have scored so far this season have come before half-time.
Accrington are 7/2 to lead at half-time for the first time this season while the home side are 27/20 to take a lead into the interval for the second time this season. Fleetwood are 53/20 to win and BTTS while the visitors are 15/2 to take the three points with goals for both sides.
Over 2.5 goals – Shrewsbury v Burton, Leyton Orient v Crawley, Mansfield v Scunthorpe
Shrewsbury and Burton were involved in two high-scoring fixtures during the week where they both had to come from behind to win. Shrewsbury (8/5) came from 2-0 down with just 13 minutes remaining to win 3-2 at Accrington thanks to two goals in the final five minutes. On the same night, Burton (33/20) led after half an hour before falling 2-1 behind with 56 minutes on the clock.
Albion claimed their second away win of the season with three unanswered goals in the final 29 minutes to win 4-2. Shrewsbury, who are 33/10 to win with over 2.5 total goals scored, are 15/2 to come from behind to win while Nigel Clough’s side are 27/4 to win from a losing position and Burton are 3/1 to win with at least three goals scored which has happened in three of the last four meetings.
Crawley (23/10) travel to Leyton Orient (6/5) with three of their four matches seeing at least three goals scored including Tuesday’s 3-2 win at home to Crewe when they scored in the 16th minute for the third game out of four. Leyton Orient had to come from a two-goal deficit at Mansfield to win 3-2 thanks to a 96th minute winner from Jordan Maguire-Drew. A 3-2 win for Orient, who are 5/2 to win with at least three goals scored, is trading at 25/1 while Crawley are 32/1 to win by the same score. Crawley are also 17/4 to win the game with over 2.5 total goals scored.
Anyone who has watched all four of the league games involving Scunthorpe will have got value for money with 16 goals scored at an average of four a game. Sadly, for Iron supporters, 11 of those goals have been scored by their opponents. It’s been a poor start to the season for Scunthorpe who are propping up League Two and they are in desperate need for a win. The Iron are 57/20 to win with at least three total goals scored in the game while Macclesfield are 16/5 to win a game with over 2.5 goals scored.