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Gunners to shoot down Spurs? Get Premier League tips for this weekend

Leigh Copson 29 Aug 2019
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (credit:pressinphoto/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of August 31/September 1. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight, including the North London Derby showdown between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben’s Bet: Burnley v Liverpool (Saturday 17:30 BST)

As games go, a match against Liverpool is never ideal, and while some will cite that Burnley do come into this one with some semblance of form behind them, they will likely feel that this good start to the season will count for little if Liverpool get anywhere near their best, with only Manchester City really able to challenge the Reds when they are on top form. Sean Dyche’s men come into this one on the back of a positive 1-1 draw with Wolves, with this preceded by a 2-1 loss to Arsenal and a 3-0 with over Southampton on the opening weekend. To say the side have looked good so far would be an understatement, with Burnley looking to get back to that Europa League chasing outfit they were a few seasons ago. However, Liverpool arrive looking ominously good, with three wins behind them and the goals flowing. A 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening day of the season was about as comfortable as it gets, while they then defeated Southampton on the road a week later. Their 3-1 win over Arsenal could, and perhaps should have been by a bigger margin, with the 25 shots they took only resulting in five on target as the usually clinical Reds were guilty of being too wayward. If they have anywhere near as many shots this weekend then we really fear for Burnley.

In this one, it would take a very brave bettor to back anything other than an away win. The Reds have looked so strong and, after winning the Champions League last time out, they will have the Premier League trophy firmly within their sight this time around after being edged out of lifting England’s main prize last time out. For Burnley, this is a chance for the side to attempt to roll over one of England and Europe’s best, with their current run of form seeing them arrive with confidence. The five goals they have netted along with the three they have conceded shows they do tend to deal in games with goals now, with each of their last three seeing Burnley net one or more. Liverpool meanwhile have scored nine times and conceded three, while they have seen four or more goals scored in three of their last four games this season when including their 2-2 Super Cup draw with Chelsea. With this in mind, we are backing there to be goals in a Liverpool win on Saturday, with the evening match providing excitement and reasons to celebrate. The Reds can currently be backed at 2/1 to win the game and to partake in a match with over 3.5 goals and this is the route I am taking for my recommended bet. I was also tempted by the match result and both teams to score market, but while Burnley have looked fairly good going forward, we are unsure they will be able to break down the Liverpool defence if the Reds are able to keep the ball for as long as we predict them to. 

Leigh's Bet: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 16:30 BST)

The first North London Derby of the season is upon us and neither Arsenal nor Tottenham Hotspur are going into it on a high. Arsenal opened their campaign with back-to-back victories for the first time in a decade as they battled past Newcastle United and Burnley, but when they came up against their first real challenge of the season they came up well short. In my preview for Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool last weekend I offered my thoughts on the Gunners’ summer spending, pointing out that the bulk of Unai Emery’s war-chest should have gone on top quality defenders instead of relatively ‘cheap replacements’, and sure enough his team backed up my comments. David Luiz blundered badly on two occasions to gift Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah a couple of goals, and by the hour mark the Reds were three goals to the good and cruising. Lucas Torreira did pull one back late on, but the game once again highlighted just how far off the pace Arsenal are when it comes to the premier clubs in English football. They face another of them on Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium. Spurs have established themselves as top dogs in North London over the past few seasons and although they were not flawless through the first two weekends, a 3-1 win over newly-promoted Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw at champions Manchester City meant they were full of confidence heading into the home match with a struggling Newcastle United. They produced a poor display though as they crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat, and if they want to mount a title challenge this season then they simply have to bounce back from such a poor result very quickly. Can we back Tottenham to do that by winning at the Emirates this weekend?

Spurs have lost only three of their last 10 meetings with their fierce rivals and they did run out 2-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium in the League Cup last December, but upon closer inspection their record does not offer much confidence. Tottenham have not won a Premier League fixture at the home of their rivals since a 3-2 success there in November 2010 and their last two league visits have resulted in 4-2 and 2-0 defeats, with their two trips prior to that ending in 1-1 draws. In fact, both teams to score has been a winning bet on four of their last six North London derbies at the Emirates Stadium and given Arsenal’s dodgy defence and Spurs’ inability to keep a clean sheet so far, there is every reason to believe it could be a winner for this latest encounter. The question is, who will come out on top. I find myself leaning towards Arsenal. They have won their last two Premier League home meetings with Tottenham and despite their struggles in recent years, this is still a team that tends to deliver on their home patch having won 15 of their last 20 league games at the Emirates while losing only twice. In Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette they have a strikeforce that ranks up there with the very best and if they are on form then Tottenham are going to have all sorts of problems trying to contain them. Of course, Spurs are no slouches themselves going forward and they should provide a major headache for their hosts, but ultimately I believe Arsenal will outscore Spurs to claim the North London bragging rights for a few months at least.

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