Premier League Tips: Shutouts not possible for Liverpool or Arsenal

Simon Mignolet is likely to be denied a third clean sheet in three games
Simon Mignolet is likely to be denied a third clean sheet in three games
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The Opta stats point to both Liverpool and Arsenal conceding on January 2, and Shane Long firing past Norwich...

"Both teams have scored in each of the last five Premier League matches between the two at the Boleyn Ground."

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.9310/11

West Ham v Liverpool (Saturday, 12:45, BT Sport 1)

Both teams have scored in each of the last five Premier League matches between the two at the Boleyn Ground

West Ham recently embarked on a run of three successive 0-0 draws, but this was a case of breaking from the norm and grinding out results at a time when every member of their first-choice front four - Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho - and Andy Carroll were injured.

Eight of their nine games before that stalemate spree were devoid of clean sheets and the two since have been too, indicating that when the Irons have the players available to terrorise defences - as they do again with Lanzini and Carroll back and Payet close - they are a great both-teams-to-score investment.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 1.9310/11


Arsenal v Newcastle (Saturday, 15:00)

There have been 18 goals scored in the last three Premier League meetings between these two sides at the Emirates Stadium

Surprisingly, more than half of Newcastle's away fixtures this season have produced under 2.5 goals, yet absolute carnage strikes whenever they visit a top-five club. Whether it is a 6-1 thrashing at Man City, 5-1 pasting at Crystal Palace or 2-1 come-from-behind triumph at Tottenham, something strange happens and it always involves a high goal count.

So they should have no trouble repeating what four of the past five Premier League guests to the Emirates have managed in finding the net, though it is likely to be in a losing effort as Opta note that the Gunners have beaten Steve McClaren's men in eight consecutive league showdowns.

Recommended Bet: Back Arsenal to win and both teams to score @ 2.915/8


Norwich v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00)

Shane Long has scored six goals in his last nine league appearances against Norwich

One theory on Southampton's inconsistency this season is that they require an alternative during Graziano Pelle's lean streaks because, while the Italian is very effective when on form - see his five goals in seven outings from September 20 to November 1 - he followed it with a six-game drought.

However, what has become apparent this Yuletide is that the Saints don't need to spend heavily to bring this plan to fruition as the solution is already in the squad in Long. The Irishman struck twice in a man-of-the-match performance against Arsenal, before creating the opener at West Ham, and he loves facing Norwich.

Recommended Bet: Back Long to score @ 3.02/1


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