The Big Saturday Multiple: Two wins in a week for Villarreal

The Villarreal players have put their Real Madrid heartbreak behind them
The Villarreal players have put their Real Madrid heartbreak behind them
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It's that time of the weekend where Paul Robinson selects a home win, an away win, a match to go over 2.5 goals and a match to go under 2.5 goals. Here are his selections:

- Back Villarreal @ 1.8 (4/5)
- Back Newcastle @ 2.7 (17/10)
- Back Over 2.5 Goals in Liverpool v Arsenal @ 1.7 (7/10)
- Back Under 2.5 Goals in Metz v Rennes @ 1.57 (4/7)

The Multiple pays approximately 12.97 (12/1)

Bet 1: Villarreal (HOME) @ 1.8 (4/5)

The hosts bounced back from their agonising defeat to Real Madrid by thrashing Osasuna 4-1 in midweek. They are back on home soil this evening and they will be keen to improve on their recent record of just one win in five at Estadio de la Cerámica - although they did have to face Barcelona and Real Madrid during that period.

Today's visitors are Espanyol and they remained in ninth place in La Liga following an away draw at Celta Vigo on Wednesday. That may not sound like too bad a result but it's worth remembering that Celta were reduced to 10 men before the break in that game and Espanyol couldn't capitalise in the second half.

Prior to their recent sticky spell in front of their own fans, Villarreal had won six out of seven at home and that included a 5-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo and a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid. The odds are that they will get back to wining ways tonight.

Bet 2: Newcastle (AWAY) @ 2.7 (17/10)

The Magpies returned to the top of the Championship on Tuesday evening thanks to a somewhat fortuitous win at Brighton. Despite the luck involved, the victory will give them huge confidence ahead of a tricky trip to the John Smith's Stadium and they are a decent enough price to take all three points.

Rafa Benitez's have a better away record than they do home record this term and that should stand them in good stead. The manager will also have Dwight Gayle back in his squad and he's scored 20 league goals already this season.

Huddersfield are still pushing for an automatic promotion place but at the very worst they'll be in the play-offs. David Wagner has worked wonders at the Terriers and they come into this fixture having taken 19 points from a possible 21 in front of their own fans.

That being said, they are taking on the best team in the league today and they took a tonking from Man City in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

Bet 3: Liverpool v Arsenal (Over 2.5 goals) @ 1.7 (7/10)

The goal-fest will hopefully come from Anfield as Liverpool take on Arsenal in the big game of the day.

I'm not sure where to start with Liverpool. They have either been absolutely brilliant or total garbage this season, with the latter being far more common in 2017.

A 2-0 victory over Spurs three weeks ago seemed to put them back on track but the fortnight they had off clearly did them no good as they basically failed to turn up against Leicester on Monday.

It's a similar story for Arsenal as you just never know which Arsenal will be on show when they take to the field. They haven't played in the league since a 2-0 home win over Hull in the second week of February, but since then they were humiliated at Bayern Munich and barely sparkled in their win at Sutton.

I have no idea which way this game will go tonight, but one thing I am quite confident of is goals. Both teams are better in attack than they are in defence and the three points could prove vital in the race for the top four.

Bet 4: Metz v Rennes (Under 2.5 goals) @ 1.57 (4/7)

We conclude in France for this week's low-scoring affair as two of the lowest scorers in Ligue One take each other on at Stade Saint-Symphorien.

Metz are 17th in the table and that's where they stand in the goal-scoring charts as well. They've netted a mere 25 goals in 26 fixtures this season and three of their last four at home have gone under 2.5. Their defensive record is pretty poor - 50 in the against column - but it is three clean sheets from seven on this ground.

I am hoping that the visitors won't be able to take advantage of it anyway as despite being in eighth place, they have only outscored five other teams.

That has led to their matches averaging a mere 2.11 goals each time this year, with 19 of their 27 seeing this selection land. They also come into this game on a run of six in a row to go under 2.5 on their travels.

Recommended Multiple

Back Villarreal @ 1.8 (4/5)

Back Newcastle @ 2.7 (17/10)

Back Over 2.5 Goals in Liverpool v Arsenal @ 1.7 (7/10)

Back Under 2.5 Goals in Metz v Rennes @ 1.57 (4/7)

The Multiple pays approximately 12.97 (12/1)

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