Premier League: Smile Emile…

The first game of this Premier League weekend sees Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates.

The Gunners have to recover from their 4-0 defeat at Anfield last weekend, which brought an eight match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt. But I think it’s fair to say that Newcastle aren’t quite at Liverpool’s level, even with new manager Eddie Howe on the bench for the first time.

If the Geordies remain as open as they were in their 3-3 draw with Brentford last weekend, the Arsenal frontline will have fun.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a fantastic record against Newcastle, scoring in his five most recent appearances, but he’s a short price. Instead we’ll side with Emile Smith Rowe, who is looking to net for the third home game in a row, and add in a home win to pad the price.

The late game sees Brighton host Leeds at the Amex Stadium.

Both sides are going through tricky spells – Brighton haven’t won in their last seven league games while Leeds have only won twice all season, both against newly promoted teams.

The scoring of goals appears to be the root of the problems for both teams, but Leeds show more signs of snapping out of their slump. They were the better side for much of the game against Leicester and for the first half against Spurs.

Leeds also will welcome Raphinha back from injury, and the Brazilian can provide that touch of class on the break. He’s the only player in the Leeds squad who has netted more than twice this season, and we’ll take him to score again tonight.

Recommendations:

Arsenal/Newcastle: Smith Rowe to score and Arsenal win, 1 pt, at 9/2, SkyBet

Brighton/Leeds: Raphinha to score anytime, 1 pt, at 4/1, William Hill

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