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Saturday Premier League acca: Best bets for Saturday

07 Dec | BY Enda McElhinney | MIN READ TIME |
Saturday Premier League acca: Best bets for Saturday

Enda McElhinney's four-fold for Saturday's Premier League matches includes plenty of goals at Old Trafford and Villa Park.

Matchday 16 of the Premier League season features six games on Saturday, culminating in a clash between red-hot Aston Villa and league leaders Arsenal at Villa Park.

Best Bets

Manchester Utd to win & both teams to score @ 15/8
Brighton to win and over 2.5 goals @ 21/20
Wolves to beat Nottingham Forest @ 5/6
Both teams to score in Aston Villa v Arsenal @ 8/13

Manchester United v Bournemouth

Erik ten Hag received a nice midweek boost as his under-fire Manchester United side overcame Chelsea at Old Trafford, and the Red Devils are warm favourites to follow up with a home win over Bournemouth.

United should be good enough to triumph but it may not be completely plain sailing.

Bournemouth are fifth in the Premier League’s six-game form table, winning four times. Their one loss in that period was at Manchester City while they scored nine goals in collecting ten points from fixtures against Newcastle, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Luton are the only Premier League side of the last seven to visit Old Trafford who have failed to score and in current mood Bournemouth should at least find the net. 

However, that might be as good as it gets for the Cherries.

Brighton v Burnley

Brighton’s last three Premier League wins at the Amex Stadium have all featured over 2.5 goals, while both teams scored in their draws with Liverpool, Fulham and Sheffield United in a six-game unbeaten run on their own patch in the league.

After a dip in form Roberto De Zerbi’s side have won two of their last three league games, losing a five-goal thriller at Chelsea in between wins over Nottingham Forest and Brentford.

Burnley thumped a beleaguered Sheffield United at Turf Moor last weekend but Vincent Kompany’s side have lost five of seven on the road, with their only win coming at Luton.

Brighton should oblige in another goal-laden Amex encounter.

Wolves v Nottingham Forest

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil hailed a “massive win” as his side edged past relegation-threatened Burnley at Molineux in midweek, and Wanderers can repeat the trick when they entertain Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

O’Neil pointed to Burnley being well organised but the same cannot be said of Forest, who have conceded 12 goals in four games since they stunned Aston Villa at the City Ground last month.

That victory is fast becoming a distant memory and their shock win at Chelsea early in the campaign even more so.

Wolves are unbeaten in five at home, which is no mean feat considering Manchester City, Villa, Newcastle and Spurs were the visitors to Molineux before Burnley. 

Aston Villa v Arsenal

What a firecracker this could be. Villa were full value for their midweek win over Manchester City, which was a 14 straight home league success for Unai Emery and his troops.

The Villans face another high-profile showdown on Saturday with Emery’s former employers Arsenal the latest visitors to fortress Villa Park.

The Gunners somehow allowed Luton to score three times despite having fewer than ten touches in the Arsenal box on Tuesday night. But to their credit, the league leaders still left Kenilworth Road with three points and they have a terrific record at Villa Park, losing on only two of their last 21 visits.

Villa should have probably scored more than one goal against City, but Arsenal will cause them plenty of problems and both teams to score looks the sensible play in this one.