Football betting tips: Tough test for Ljungberg in Norwich opener plus United to beat Villa – Premier League predictions


WE’RE heading into a bumper period for Premier League fixtures – and we’ve another selection of betting tips for you this weekend.

After a bumper Saturday featuring Spurs vs Bournemouth and Chelsea vs West Ham, it’s time to turn our attention to a Super Sunday which looks set to live up to its billing.

Freddie Ljungberg’s first test as Arsenal boss will come against Norwich in the league
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Norwich vs Arsenal, Sunday 2pm

UNAI EMERY is gone – and now the Gunners have Freddie at the helm.

Six without a win and now Arsenal head to a rejuvenated Norwich, with Daniel Farke’s side on a high from their 2-0 win at Goodison Park last week.

That will prove a huge boost to everyone at Carrow Road and could be the catalyst to kick-start their relegation scrap.

For the hapless Gunners though, this season is already spiralling out of control.

If it wasn’t for Alexandre Lacazette‘s late equaliser against Saints, the Spaniard may have been handed his P45 earlier than Friday.

When it comes to betting on Norwich City games, you only need to look at the goal markets.

Which end they rain in at doesn’t really matter.

You’ve got a Canaries side who showed Man City what they can do as an attacking unit when on song earlier in the season.

At the other end they’re still decimated by injuries – and we all know that the main strength of this unbalanced Arsenal side is their front-four.

Teemu Pukki celebrates firing the goal that ensured qualification to Euro 2020
Teemu Pukki celebrates firing the goal that ensured qualification to Euro 2020 for Finland

Back both teams to score with everything you’ve got this week, it’s our banker – even if 2/5 is a bit stingy.

Arsenal are odds-on to win the game, which is absolutely mad.

Don’t you even think about touching that, because we have a feeling we’ll be saying we told you so by 4pm.

If you want a goalscorer, it might be like find a needle in a haystack with both teams defences proving so brittle.

Regardless, we like Teemu Pukki to finally restart the party.

The Finn doesn’t have a Premier League goal since September 14 when he looked like a potential Golden Boot winner.

He helped fire Finland to their first major championships over the international break and we reckon back on home soil could spark a resurgence.

SunSport’s best bets

Both teams to score: 2/5

Draw at Carrow Road: 29/10

Teemu Pukki to end Premier League goal drought: 6/5

Man Utd vs Aston Villa, Sunday 4.30pm

BRACE yourself. We’re actually going to tip a Man Utd victory this weekend.

Yep. Honestly.

After telling you for the last three months to avoid placing your hard earned on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s hapless side, we’re now doing a complete U-turn.

Why? Well, once we lay out the stats it won’t look like a completely mad decision.

Ole’s men have a severe case of travel sickness and have been beyond awful away from the comfy surroundings of their home ground.

Back at the Theatre of Dreams though, their young guns seem to find a little extra and are unbeaten here in all competitions since the shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace in August.

Utd are a healthy 1/2 to win this game and you should be taking them at those odds.

Villa will be hardworking and industrious, just as Sheffield United were last week in the terrific 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane.

Mason Greenwood scored as soon as he was subbed on against Sheff Utd
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That was one of the games of the season so far, but we’re not expecting a similar goal-fest here.

Dean Smith’s side are currently the worst away side in the division. Fact.

They prop up the away league with just three points from a possible 18 on their travels, posting just one win and losing their other five matches.

That one victory was a 5-1 thumping of fellow new-boys Norwich – and even Utd beat them at Carrow Road.

Villa also have an absolutely atrocious record at Old Trafford.

Of their last 14 visits since 2003, they’ve lost THIRTEEN of them – with the sole anomaly a 1-0 win in 2009 when Gabby Agbonlahor nicked the winner.

We think United will race out of the blocks and there’s value to be had on there to be a goal – by either side – in each half at 8/13.

That’s a bet which has won in each of their last three home Premier League games.

Youth bailed out Ole in South Yorkshire and we like the 7/4 on Mason Greenwood to net anytime.

He’s pushing for a start and has proven a real hit off the bench – that’s a big price for a youngster who is dynamite in the box.

SunSport’s best bets

Man Utd to beat Aston Villa: 1/2

A goal to be scored in each half: 8/13

Mason Greenwood to net again at anytime: 7/4

*All odds correct at time of publication


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