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Wolves to feast on wounded Gunners? Get Premier League tips for November 2

Ben Darvill 29 Oct 2019
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette (credit:Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of November 2/3. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight. Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben's Bet: Arsenal v Wolves (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Arsenal’s Premier League campaign stuttered once again on Sunday as they were held to an abysmal 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Gunners had started off in flying style as goals from centre-halves Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz in the seventh and ninth minutes respectively had put Arsenal in control. However, goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew saw Palace draw level and take a point from the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal slipped up again, meaning they are now four points short of Chelsea in fourth and 12 behind league leaders Liverpool. The game was also marred by the reception club captain Granit Xhaka was given as his sub-par performance saw him hooked after 61 minutes with the fans clearly agreeing with the decision as a mixture of cheers for Unai Emery’s decision and boos for Xhaka’s performance saw the midfielder stroll off the pitch, thus wasting time despite Arsenal needing a goal to go into the lead again. The draw was the sixth time this season Arsenal have dropped points (four draws and two losses), and it shows that they are still someway short of being a top side in the league. 
For Wolves, Sunday’s clash with Newcastle was one they were unlucky to come away with just a point from. Wanderers dominated the game in the second-half but struggled to break down a resolute Magpies’ defence. Their only goal came courtesy of a goalkeeping error from Martin Dubravka who could only palm a cutback towards Jonny, who volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The draw was not a hugely damaging result considering how the side have fared this season, but it shows how far Wolves have come that the dropping of two points on the road is disappointing. Now though, they take on an Arsenal side that have not won in their last two and look there for the taking. 

Last season, battles between the two provided some very entertaining clashes with Arsenal unable to draw out three points from Wolves in the league. The game at Molineux ended in a convincing 3-1 win for the home side while it was a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last year. While some will claim that Arsenal’s home form is something the side pin their league campaign on, Wolves proved last year that they are no pushovers, and they were able to take points off all of the traditional top six bar Liverpool. Wanderers may not quite be where their talent shows they should be, but they have been in better form of late, and they are unbeaten in their last five with three draws and two wins in this time. Arsenal meanwhile have just a single win in their last four, while they fell to a hugely disappointing 1-0 loss at the hands of newly-promoted Sheffield United to compound their misery. Of course, Arsenal will want a big improvement following their shambolic performance on Sunday, but Wolves are not the sort of team they will want to play, especially with Wanderers seeming to genuinely relish playing the supposed ‘big boys’. With this in mind, we have plumped for Paddy Power’s same game multi feature for this one. Here, we are predicting a Wolves win or a draw in the double chance market, while we are also backing both teams to score and for there to be over 2.5 goals in the game. Arsenal are notoriously poor at the back and while they do score goals, they also concede them. Wolves meanwhile have hardly been perfect at the back conceding 13 and scoring the same amount. If this one is anything like last season then we feel there will be goals, especially if Arsenal’s defence continues to play the way it is. 

Leigh's Bet: Watford v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Chelsea’s fantastic run of Premier League form continued last weekend as they stormed to a 4-2 victory at Burnley, extending their win streak in the top flight to four games while also landing us a 9/4 winner for our ‘Bet of the Day’. And if they were successful in the midweek League Cup clash with Manchester United (this preview was written before that tie), then Frank Lampard’s young guns will have now won eight straight games in all competitions, and even if they did fail to come out on top you could still say that the Blues are a team in great shape right now. They certainly are away from home. Chelsea have now won four straight on their travels in all competitions, including a couple of tricky Champions League away days at Lille and Ajax, and during this red-hot run of form they have rattled in 11 goals. But can they keep it going at Watford on Saturday evening? While Lampard’s lot are flying, the Hornets are rock-bottom in the Premier League and are in pretty horrible shape heading into this fixture. A miserable start to the season resulted in Quique Sanchez Flores returning to the club as manager, and although they are now unbeaten in three games, home draws against Sheffield United and Bournemouth are hardly impressive results. They are the only Premier League side yet to record a victory, with all five of their points coming via draws, and through 10 games they have mustered a pathetic tally of just five goals while conceding 21 times. They desperately need to get something from this match, but not even the most ardent of Watford supporters would fancy them to beat Chelsea at this time.

Understandably the Blues are odds-on favourites here, but the price is not as short as I would have expected it to be. In fact, the odds are backable if you fancy a ‘safe’ bet for the weekend, but I am so confident about Chelsea running out winners here I am looking to back them at bigger odds and, as it has done so many times already this season, bet365’s Bet Builder feature offers a great opportunity to do just that. There are three legs to this bet, the first of which is simply backing Chelsea to beat Watford for the sixth time in seven meetings and for the third time in four trips to Vicarage Road. The second selection is to back Tammy Abraham to open the scoring. The young striker made a blistering start to the season with seven goals in his first five appearances and although he has managed only one in his last five I am not about to write off 22-year-old as the leading candidate to break the deadlock. In the five fixtures in which he has scored, Abraham has been the first goalscorer on four occasions, and seven of the nine goals that he has scored in all competitions this season have come way from Stamford Bridge. Those are statistics I cannot ignore here, and I also cannot ignore the possibility of this match producing at least three goals. Watford’s defence has been a little more stubborn in recent weeks, keeping clean sheets in each of their last two home games, but they were hardly facing free-scoring sides. Chelsea have been rattling in the goals away from home this season, scoring 19 times in their last six competitive fixtures on the road, but they have been conceding regularly too with only one clean sheet coming in their seven fixtures away from Stamford Bridge. This could be an ideal opportunity for Watford to rediscover their scoring touch and help the total goals tally, so everything points to us seeing a few goals on Saturday.

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