‘One for sorrow, two for joy’, so the rhyme goes, but Newcastle remain without a league win and two points from nine games means there’s no joy for these Magpies either.
It has been an unhappy time for Rafa Benitez and a long trip to Southampton in the Premier League this weekend may not bring any relief.
Southampton to beat Newcastle @ 11/10
Funnily enough, these teams have identical goal records going into this game, scoring six and conceding 14 in their nine games so far. Southampton have managed to yield one win and three draws from that haul, leaving them four points clear of Newcastle.
There was some promise in Newcastle’s 3-2 loss at Old Trafford early this month, though looking back now most of it was probably wrapped up in the stand-off defending of the home side early on.
Despite being armed with a two-goal start, they left empty handed and slumped to a turgid home loss against Brighton and former boss Chris Hughton last week.
Saints were engaged in earning a decent point at a flying Bournemouth side at the same time, and Mark Hughes will hope his troops can build on that. So flaky have Newcastle looked, the price on Saints here is very tempting, despite their own travails.
Bournemouth to beat Fulham @ 29/20
Eddie Howe and Bournemouth have built an array of Premier League experience and they can put it to good use at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have conceded at least three times in three of their last four games in the league, with Slavisa Jokanovic seemingly determined to stay true to the free-flowing attacking game that brought promotion last season.
The Premier League is cut-throat stuff compared to the Championship, though, and Fulham are paying a hefty price for what seemingly appears to be tactical naivety so far.
The Cherries have scored 16 times already in the league, equalling the tallies of Tottenham and Liverpool (and bettered only by Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal), they can hurt their opponents and record a sixth success in 10 league games.
Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace @ 5/6
It is all very rosy in Unai Emery’s garden right now and another win should be forthcoming at Selhurst Park against a goal-shy Crystal Palace outfit.
Never has the notion of ‘stop Zaha, stop Palace’ seemed more real than it does now. The forward hasn’t scored since last month’s 1-0 success against Huddersfield and Palace have failed to take a point from nine available.
The Eagles’ tally of five league goals is the second-worst in the division and they are facing an Arsenal side growing in confidence, with eight goals scored in their previous two domestic games and a 10-game winning run under their belts.
If the Gunners can keep tabs on Zaha, then it’s hard to see how they won’t cross London with three points.
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