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Arsenal to win v Leicester

Mikel Arteta was finally allowed to put his new-look Arsenal side to the test in Friday’s 2-0 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace. Impressive performances from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko gave Arsenal’s side a fresh feel to the one that narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season. A dominant first-half display showed promise before a second-half resurgence from Patrick Viera’s side proved that The Gunners still have work to do on their game management.

Nonetheless, fans will be expecting nothing less than three points at home to a Leicester side who seem to be in a stalemate, with key players reportedly looking to leave before the window closes. On the pitch, Leicester took a two-goal lead against Brentford last Sunday before a second-half comeback saw the Bees take a point from the King Power. We are backing Arsenal to get the win here in front of what should be a bouncing Emirates Stadium. 

15:00 Saturday

Ipswich to win v MK Dons

We are backing Ipswich here in the second leg of the four-fold to beat at MK Dons side who are recovering from the losses of star players Scott Twine and Troy Parrott in the summer. The Tractor Boys drew their opener at home to Bolton, who are showing early season promise, and won 2-1 away at Forest Green in the second.

A much-changed side was named on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup defeat to Colchester and Kieran McKenna’s side should return to winning ways against MK Dons. Liam Manning’s side haven’t picked up a point from their opening two games this season, losing 1-0 away to Cambridge Utd and being pipped by that same scoreline at home to Sheffield Wednesday. MK Dons have failed to beat Ipswich in their past six league games, and we expect the home side to continue that trend by picking up three points.

15:00 Saturday

Sheffield Wednesday to win v Charlton

Darren Moore’s side are the bookmaker’s favourites to earn promotion from League One to the Championship this year, and they have certainly started the season how they mean to go on. An entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Portsmouth on the opening day was followed by a 1-0 win away at MK Dons.

Charlton too have started the season positively; on the opening day, they were denied a win at Accrington Stanley by an injury-time equaliser, and that result was followed up by a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Derby. Despite a promising start, we are backing Wednesday to beat the Addicks here and continue the strong start to the season for the Owls.

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Northampton to win v Hartlepool

The Cobblers will be looking to go better than last season’s play-off semi-final elimination and push for promotion to League One this season. Jon Brady’s side are generally second favourites across our bookmakers for promotion this season and host a Hartlepool side who are also second favourites, but in the relegation market. Northampton started their campaign with a 3-2 victory at home to Colchester and picked up a point in their second game away at Grimsby Town.

Hartlepool, on the other hand, suffered a 4-0 defeat to Walsall on the opening day before a 0-0 stalemate against Wimbledon at home. Northampton haven’t lost at home in their previous five league fixtures and we are backing them to extend that run and pick up the three points Saturday afternoon.