Matthew Glazier of www.bettingpro.com expects both teams to find the net at St James’ Park on Saturday, while Stoke seem overpriced against the Saints and the Arsenal v Liverpool game should be full of goals.
The Premier League title race appears to be wide open this season, with Chelsea having the chance to become the latest team to ascend the tallest branch of the table on Saturday. Here are the best bets for the game at St James’ Park, along with the games between Stoke v Southampton and Arsenal v Liverpool.
Newcastle United v Chelsea – 12.45
Chelsea are warm favourites to claim victory and go top of the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, with Sunday’s 2-1 win against Manchester City having lifted them to second in the table and their second string was pretty impressive when beating Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Nevertheless, Newcastle created enough chances to beat City on Wednesday night and could easily claim a point, especially after claiming a recent 2-2 draw against Liverpool despite being reduced to ten men for half the match. We think both teams scoring in this match represents the better bet than the away win.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 5/6 with BetVictor
Stoke City v Southampton 3.00
The bookies make Mark Hughes’ team the rank outsiders to claim victory on Saturday, although a spirited performance at Old Trafford last weekend suggests that Stoke are along the right track, despite making hard work of the midweek Capital One Cup win at St Andrews.
The Potters might not have won in the Premier League since 31 August, although they are overpriced against a Southampton team who surely can’t sustain the sort of form which has them challenging for Champions League honours at the moment. The best bet is Stoke to win on the Draw No Bet market which means money back if the game ends all square.
TIP: Stoke City on Draw No Bet @ 13/10 with BetVictor
Arsenal v Liverpool 5.30
The big game of the Premier League weekend should see a few goals being scored, with the corresponding fixture ending 2-2 last season and a similar scoreline could be on the cards here. Luis Suarez wanted to be an Arsenal player in the summer and the Uruguayan’s recent hat-trick against West Brom illustrates why Arsene Wenger wanted to sign him.
Talk of the Gunners’ bubble bursting could be wide of the mark following defeats to Dortmund and Chelsea in cup competitions, although it does indicate that Wenger relies on key players to make the team tick, while neither team have a defence that are keeping too many clean sheets at the moment.
TIP: Over 3.5 Goals @ 2/1 with William Hill
Matthew Glazier is the Managing Editor of www.bettingpro.com, an award-winning sports, news and betting website.