The weekend waits as we count down towards the end of the season. We think we have found you a treble where we expect both teams to score and for even more interest they are all games from the Premier League which we have not done before, but this treble looks too tempting.
Newcastle United v Manchester United -3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 8/11
Newcastle United appear to have been going through the motions for a number of weeks now after Alan Pardew was dismissed for his notorious incident with David Meyler verses Hull City. Manchester United will travel to the North East with a little more confidence after registering a 1-1 draw in midweek to Bayern Munich, when the world predicted a heavy defeat.
This fixture has staged some classics over the years and rarely fails to deliver. Newcastle usually come out second best but have won two of the last four fixtures between the clubs and there will be an electric atmosphere at St James’ Park, to spur them on. The Toon have delivered too many poor performances lately and the fans will not stand for the side putting in another bad display here- I expect the Magpies to rise to the occasion and find the net.
There will be one particular player in red who will be looking forward to this tie more than any other, and that is Wayne Rooney. The England forward has scored ten Premier League goals against Newcastle during his career and has found the net six times in his last six league games, so look out for a Wayne Rooney anytime goal as a single. We just need any United player to get a goal for our bet here and the Red Devils have the best away record in the division, having won their last three and having scored in all but two games on the road this season.
Everton v Arsenal – 1.30pm Sunday
Both teams to score odds – 8/11
With the Champions League race on, these two sides are very much fighting for fourth spot with Arsenal having the points advantage, however a victory for the Merseyside club would bring them within a single point of their London rivals, with a game in hand to play. If Arsenal can win here then their fourth place target looks very much a done deal. What a match!
Everton are the side with all the momentum, having won their last five games as well as their last six home matches. Confidence will be through the roof at present and there is no worse time to face the Toffees. I am actually predicting a home win here, so fully expecting Everton to score at least once and probably more. Goodison Park is a tough place to visit and seeing the fans leaving without witnessing a goal is a rare souvenir.
With fourth verses fifth here, it is up to Arsenal to defend their higher position, with participation in the Champions League next season in their own hands. As i have already mentioned I cannot see Everton failing to score, so it will be up to Arsenal to come forward and get goals. With the quality they have in midfield to create chances, I can see this being a BTTS banker for the weekend.
Aston Villa v Fulham – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 4/6
Villa Park hosts a game involving a Fulham side who are golden for BTTS this season and are just desperate for a win. They have to realistically win four out their last six games to give them any sort of chance of survival and the Villains are going to take full advantage of that mentality with their counter attacking football. Should be a good one for the neutral.
Fulham have now gone 15 away games without a clean sheet, telling you all you need to know about their prospects for a BTTS winner. No other team in the league has a worse record. Villa fans are expecting a mauling and their biggest win of the season is being spouted around the forums. Christian Benteke is coming back into form and along with Agbonlahor and Weimman, the Villains have the tools to punish a Fulham side destined for relegation.
Should be a bit of a party atmosphere in the Fulham end as 3,000 fans are travelling north where the majority have accepted relegation and are going to enjoy the last few games in the Premier League. Manager Felix Magath and his players hold out plenty of hope but will be fully aware that they need to win away games against both Aston Villa here and Stoke City in a few weeks time along with home victories if they are to have a chance of staying. Expect an open game and a Fulham goal.