The oddschecker team have picked out a 16/1 Saturday FavFour covering action from the Premier League.
Arsenal vs Leeds – Arsenal
Top of the league Arsenal have been high flying all season and look unbeatable. They are eight points ahead of Manchester City going into the weekend, albeit having played a game more than their closest rivals, and look set to extend that against a struggling Leeds United side, who are well amongst the relegation dogfight at the other end of the table.
Mikel Arteta’s side have won their last six in the league and have dropped just four points at home. They put four past a managerless Crystal Palace and have scored at least three goals in their last three league home games. They look unstoppable in their pursuit of a first Premier League title since 2004. Only Newcastle could stop Arsenal from scoring at home, so the visitors will have to bear that in mind when travelling to the Emirates.
As for Leeds, they won their last league game away at Wolves, for just their second win away from Elland Road. Javi Gracia has won two of his league games since replacing Jesse Marsch, losing just the once, away at Chelsea. His seven points from four games since arriving at Elland Road is only bettered by Arsenal, Manchester City and Aston Villa in that period, highlighting the work he has done, already picking up a quarter of their points so far.
With that in mind, Arsenal can dispatch most teams on their day at home, and it would be foolish to go against the likes of Bukayo Saka, who scored two goals and got an assist in that win over Palace, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus in attack for the Gunners. We’re going for an Arsenal win to start our FavFour.
Bournemouth vs Fulham – Bournemouth
Bournemouth host Fulham with both sides looking for wins to achieve their respective goals.
They had looked to be coming up with better results when they were unfortunate to lose at Arsenal, before a tough game against ruthless Manchester City. A downbeat Fulham might provide an excellent opportunity for them to get back on track.
Fulham had been flying high this season, going way above their usual yo-yo status, only being a few points off the European places. However, two defeats in their last two and a FA Cup defeat against Manchester United, where they lost their heads and had Aleksandar Mitrovic, Willian and manager Marco Silva sent off, meaning they can take no part in the trip to The Vitality Stadium.
With Fulham’s season facing a stern test as they approach the run-in, we think Bournemouth will provide a further sting, with the Cherries looking to steer away from the relegation zone, and win at home.
Brighton vs Brentford – Brighton
The third leg of our FavFour sees European hopefuls Brentford travel to the South Coast to play fellow European rivals Brighton.
Both teams have been playing excellent football this season and are well within the mix for European spots, and potentially even the Champions League if they can out perform the teams above them.
The Seagulls will be travelling to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final, and they’ll want to take the good spirit with them if they really want to upset the apple cart and potentially win the FA Cup.
As for now, the league is just as important, and a win at home to another strong side this season will hopefully move them closer to their aims. Karou Mitoma has also been key to that with his 11 goal involvements in his last 14 appearances for Brighton, and five in his last five.
As for Brentford, they lost their unbeaten run at Everton, but bounced back with a win against Southampton before drawing with Leicester at home. They have 11 points from their last six games, which is only bettered by Arsenal, Aston Villa and their opponents on the weekend, Brighton.
With that in mind, it’ll be a interesting clash between both sides, potentially a cagey affair with neither wanting to lose. Brighton’s attacking mentality has served them well, so we think they’ll get the win against the Bees this weekend. A Brighton win is our selection.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester – Leicester
Two sides within the mix at the bottom of the table, Crystal Palace host Leicester, with both sides in dire need of a result.
The joint lowest scorers this season, with only five goals since the turn of the year from 12 games, Crystal Palace said au revior to Patrick Vieira and welcome back to Roy Hodgson, who they have appointed for a second spell, ideally to drag them away from danger.
They are the only side to not have won a Premier League this calendar year, with their last win coming on New Year's Eve. Going into the new year, they were eight points away from the relegation zone, but poor form since has closed that gap down to just three points.
As for Leicester, this season has been a nightmare for them. They rank third for the most goals conceded with 47, an average of 1.74 conceded goals per game, which is only higher than Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest. Failure to suitably replace Kasper Schmeichel has led to an increase in goals conceded per game from their average last season of 1.55 goals conceded per game and coupled with their decrease in goals scored per game from 1.63 last season to 1.41 this season just sums up why they are where they are.
Palace could benefit from a “new manager bounce” under Hodgson, but based on how the two teams have been performing as of late, especially with the return of James Maddison, who is key for Leicester’s successes, we think Leicester will get a big win at Selhurst Park, and it will be back to the drawing board for Roy Hodgson.