Matthew Ireland's four-fold for Saturday's Premier League matches includes a win for the league leaders with goals at both ends.
Matchday 14 of the 2023-24 Premier League season is split evenly between Saturday and Sunday this week with five matches scheduled on each day
Arsenal v Wolves
Arsenal assumed leadership of the Premier League with a 1-0 success at Brentford last weekend, and the Gunners are the only top-five side in action on Saturday.
So the table-toppers will be keen to stretch their advantage at the top with victory over Wolves, and their enviable record at the Emirates this season – they have won eight and drawn two of ten home matches in all competitions – highlights the size of the task facing Wanderers this weekend.
However, the Old Gold have been thoroughly progressive under new boss Gary O’Neil, especially going forward.
Wolves have scored in every league game since their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season and they have already beaten Manchester City and Tottenham this season, so they won’t be fazed.
Arsenal should pull through but Wanderers can get on the scoresheet at the Emirates.
Arsenal to win & both teams to score @ 21/10
Brentford v Luton
The ten-point deduction handed down to Everton has given Luton’s survival bid a shot in the arm but the Hatters are also doing some good work of their own.
After 13 games, Luton have amassed more points than fellow promoted side Burnley and Sheffield United and also scored more times and conceded fewer goals than that pair.
They will make the short trip to Brentford on Saturday on a high after last weekend’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace and they could be worth supporting with a one-goal handicap start at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Brentford are a capable side but they have failed to win five of their seven home league games this season and are missing the goals of suspended striker Ivan Toney.
Luton +1 v Brentford @ 17/10
Burnley v Sheffield United
Sheffield United were well beaten by Bournemouth at Bramall Lane last weekend and the Blades could be blunted by another relegation rival on Saturday.
Burnley have struggled just as badly as United on promotion to the top tier, but they have arguably been more competitive despite having taken one point fewer than their Yorkshire rivals.
Even at this early stage a draw would be no good for either side and Burnley, who were deserved 2-0 winners at home to Sheffield United in the Championship in April, are given the vote of confidence.
Burnley to beat Sheffield United @ 4/5
Nottingham Forest v Everton
The fallout from Everton’s points deduction will likely rumble on in the background for months to come, but they will need to put their angst to one side as they target points on the pitch.
Their bid to immediately eat into their deduction fell flat against Manchester United on Sunday and a trip to Nottingham Forest will also test the Toffees’ resolve.
However, resolve has been something Sean Dyche’s men have shown plenty of and they have already won at Brentford, West Ham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season.
At a shade of odds-on, the fired-up Toffees could land another vital away success.
Everton draw no bet v Nottingham Forest @ 4/5