– There are six Premier League games scheduled to take place on Saturday
– Tottenham return to the scene of their greatest comeback from last season
– Arsenal will face their former number one Bernd Leno when they take on Fulham
North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal face differing tests on Saturday when six Premier League games are on the menu.
Our Bet Builder tips cover the two contests involving the North London teams, as Spurs travel to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth in the early game before the Gunners entertain Fulham in one of four 3pm kick-offs.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm)
Bet 1: Over 3 goals in the match
Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester United last Saturday was an outlier in terms of the number of goals scored, with nine of their previous 10 Premier League games going over 2.5 and seven going over 3.5.
Four goals or more looks possible in this matchup too, given that both clashes between the clubs produced 3-2 wins for the away teams last season and Bournemouth were involved in a four-goal game only last weekend.
Spurs deserved their win over the Red Devils, but United missed a few clear-cut chances to score that could easily have bumped the goal tally up to four.
Bet 2: Over 9 corners in the match for both teams combined
Only two clubs won fewer corners than Bournemouth last season with the Cherries averaging a mere 3.7 per game, but there is a new coach in charge and things appear to be changing in terms of their corner production.
Bournemouth won 10 corners against West Ham in their opening game as they rescued a 1-1 draw and could make similar inroads against a Spurs side that allowed United to get six flag kicks against them last weekend.
The Cherries’ opponents averaged more than seven corners-per-game against them last term and Liverpool’s tally of 10 on Saturday, despite playing over 30 minutes a man down, suggests little has changed in that respect.
Bet 3: Tottenham to win from behind
Spurs were a second-half team last season, producing a +14 goal difference after the break in comparison to a -7 difference in the first 45 minutes.
Their most memorable comeback was at the Vitality Stadium when they came from two goals down to win 3-2.
The evidence of their two games this season suggests they remain that way, with Ange Postecoglou’s side producing stronger performances after the interval against both Brentford and United.
Arsenal vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm)
Bet 1: Gabriel Magalhaes to score anytime in the match
The Brazilian defender has been out of the team in the first couple of weeks of the campaign, but Mikel Arteta will recall him on Saturday if he believes in ‘horses for courses’.
Gabriel has scored in three of Arsenal’s last four games against the Cottagers, including both home and away clashes last term.
Fulham have been unable to deal with his aerial prowess at corners and there still seems to be issues there for Marco Silva’s men, as they have conceded 18 goal attempts from set plays through their first two games.
Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has an impressive goalscoring record when facing Fulham
Bet 2: Under 3 cards in the match for Arsenal
Following the furore over Takehiro Tomiyasu’s sending off against Crystal Palace, which stemmed from a first yellow card for time wasting, Arsenal are likely to be very wary over falling foul of the referee this weekend.
The Gunners received fewer than three cards in 34 of their 38 Premier League matches last term and collected only two in their season-opening win over Nottingham Forest — another of which was for time wasting.
Fulham were one of the more aggressive teams in the division last term, but Arsenal were not drawn into battles in either of their contests against them, collecting a total of three cards across the two games.
Bet 3: Over 8 corners in the match for Arsenal
Arsenal scored goals from inswinging corners in both games against Fulham last season and they are likely to pursue this route again because they know Cottagers goalkeeper Bernd Leno does not like them.
The former Gunners custodian appears tethered to his line when crosses are whipped in and his defenders are often left to deal with balls inside the six-yard box.
Arsenal won 17 corners against Fulham in their two meetings last term and swung 14 of them into the penalty area, which suggests they will be playing for more of the same this weekend.
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