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More Emirates misery for Cherries? Get Premier League tips for October 5/6

Leigh Copson 4 Oct 2019
Callum Wilson of Bournemouth (credit:Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of October 5/6. 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.

Leigh’s Bet: Arsenal v Bournemouth (Sunday 14:00 BST)

The best way to describe Arsenal’s start to their Premier League campaign would be hit and miss - there have been some positives like the fightback against Tottenham Hotspur, and there have been some negatives like the blown two-goal lead at Watford and how hard they made the home win over Aston Villa. At the top end they continue to pose one of the biggest attacking threats in England’s top flight, but by contrast at the other end they continue to put out a defence that looks like it could be sliced open at any point. There have been a few clean sheets along the way, but every Arsenal right now is resigned to the fact that this dodgy unit, led by David Luiz, will cost the Gunners more points than they earn them this season. Every side that lines up opposite Arsenal will fancy their chances of hitting the back of the net, and that includes Sunday’s opponents Bournemouth. The Cherries were held to a 2-2 draw at home by West Ham United last weekend, but that stalemate did extend their unbeaten sequence to three games and they have now taken seven points from their last three Premier League fixtures to bounce back well from those back-to-back 3-1 defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Leicester City. They have also won two of their three away games in the league so far this season, so they will have plenty of reasons to be optimistic that they can get a result at the Emirates Stadium and go into the latest international break on a positive note. Do I share that optimism? No.

Those of you who have read any of my previous previews involving Arsenal will already know that I have absolutely no faith in this Arsenal rearguard. They are a disaster waiting to happen every time they step out onto the field and they get very little help from Granit Xhaka, who despite being something of a liability has been bizarrely named the club captain. Therefore they desperately need to be firing on all cylinders at the other end of the pitch and despite the absence of Alex Lacazette through injury, they do continue to look very dangerous when going forward. And that brings me to the first leg of the bet I am recommending using bet365’s Bet Builder feature – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score anytime. The Gabon striker has been in blistering form since the start of the season, rattling in the goals to put him firmly on course to beat last season’s 22-goal tally in the Premier League, and he showcased a healthy knack for scoring against Bournemouth by netting in both of the Premier League meetings between these two clubs last season. Aubameyang will find the back of the net here, but so will Bournemouth in my opinion. The Cherries have scored in all seven of their league fixtures so far and they have found the back of the net in each of the past three games against the Gunners, so when you consider just how frail this current Arsenal defence is you have to fancy the visitors to grab a goal. However, that one goal will not be enough. Since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League they have played Arsenal on eight occasions, and their record is dismal – one win, one draw and six defeat. Narrow that down to matches at the Emirates Stadium and it is even uglier – four games, four defeats, two goals scored and 13 conceded. All four of those losses came via a margin of at least two goals, so there is bags of appeal in backing Aubameyang to score anytime, Arsenal to win by 2 or more goals & both teams to score at 15/4 (at the time of writing).

Ben's Bet: Southampton vs Chelsea (Sunday, 14:00 BST)

Chelsea's Premier League campaign is yet to really ignite itself in Frank Lampard's first foray into England's top league, but their win in midweek will surely help to boost their confidence going into what is a 'should win' clash against Southampton. The Blues came away from their trip to France to face Lille in the Champions League with all three points after the disappointment of their first match-day in the competition. Now, the English side are in a far better position with three points from two games, meaning the London based side are just three points off the top of the group. In the league, Chelsea have managed to pick up 11 points from their opening seven games and sit a single point behind Arsenal in fourth and the last Champions League spot. While it has clearly not been all clear sailing for Lampard and his team so far, they have actually only lost twice in the league this season, with defeats coming at the hands of Manchester United and Liverpool. Southampton meanwhile sit in 14th in the league table and, despite something of a bright start, it looks as though a relegation battle once again looms for them. Two defeats in a row in the league leaves the side just two points above the bottom-three and while they will target their home form as what most-will likely save them this season, we feel that even though Chelsea are not anywhere near the best team in England, they will be too much for their opponents. Indeed, the exploits of striker Tammy Abraham have been drawing huge praise from all corners of the game with the transfer ban and Lampard's drive to blood younger talent helping the forward to make a real impact in the league. Seven goals sees him just one behind top scorer Sergio Aguero so far and he looks like a real handful, with his pace, skill and adept finishing seeing him lead the line for Chelsea in impressive style. With this in mind, we are looking to back Abraham to add another goal to his repertoire and really hurt the home side's chances of winning this one. Along with this we are backing there to be goals as neither side has been particularly good at the back. Chelsea have conceded 13 in their seven games while the Saints have shipped 11, while Southampton have only failed to score in one of their domestic games this season, with Chelsea achieving the same across the season so far. 

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