By William Hill
Last Updated: 5th December 2019
The Premier League action keeps on coming. It’s Arsenal and Brighton at the Emirates Stadium and Sheffield United and Newcastle at Bramall Lane on Thursday night. We preview the action.
Aubameyang to continue scoring for Arsenal
Arsenal looked an entirely different outfit in the opening stages of their 2-2 draw against Norwich last weekend. Sadly for the fans, that lasted all of 20 minutes before Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell rained on Freddie Ljungberg’s parade.
Club legend Ljungberg, who has taken over the Gunners on an interim basis, did manage to salvage a point but his side’s frailties were on show for the world and, in truth, the Canaries will be disappointed they didn’t win.
The Swede had two players to thank for coming home with a share of the spoils, one at each end of the pitch with goalkeeper Bernd Leno having arguably one of his best games in a Gunners shirt.
At the other end it was once again Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang demonstrating why some of the biggest clubs in European football are linked with a move for his signature in the January transfer window.
Only Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham have netted more than the Gabon international in the Premier League this season and his two-goal haul at Carrow Road means he will be heavily fancied to net against a Brighton side on Thursday night without an away clean sheet in three.
Of Aubameyang’s 10 league goals this term, four have come first in matches with two others coming in games where he has scored more than once, so the 13/5 on him to net the opener against Brighton looks a good bet for an Arsenal side needing all three points.
Back Sheffield United to have it all their own way
Heavily tipped to go straight back down, Sheffield United have proved a number of critics wrong on their return to the Premier League and go into Thursday’s game with 19 points.
Having beaten Arsenal and Burnley and drawn with Manchester United, despite going 3-2 down in the second half, in their previous three homes games fans will be expecting a win against Newcastle on Thursday.
Whisper it quietly, but Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is actually doing a pretty good job at the club since replacing Rafa Benítez in the summer and has the side in a better position than this time last campaign.
However, there haven’t been all that many enjoyable away days for the Toon in recent seasons and that has continued under Bruce, with the Magpies suffering five defeats on the road in the Premier League this term.
One of their victories came against a very out-of-sorts West Ham and they have failed to score in three of their previous four matches on their travels, so it’s no surprise to see Sheffield United priced at 4/5 for the win.
That’s too short for a single, so instead it’s worth backing the home side to win to nil at 13/8. Only one of their last five home league games have seen both teams score and that looks set to continue.