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Points to be shared in top four battle at the Emirates

Points to be shared in top four battle at the Emirates

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Your old side Arsenal are six points off Chelsea in fourth ahead of their meeting on Saturday evening. Do you see that gap closing this weekend? 

Neither side has been on top of their game recently. I thought Chelsea played well at Spurs in the Carabao Cup but they lost on the night and they’re still trying to work out their best system. With Higuaín coming in at some point before the window closes, you’d think they’ll start to play with a recognised number nine again. But for Saturday I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue with Hazard in that role and Pedro and Willian in support.

Apart from that West Ham defeat last weekend, goals haven’t been hard to come by for Arsenal and I’d fancy them to find the net against Chelsea. But you certainly wouldn’t back them to keep a clean-sheet at the moment; there’s too much uncertainty in the defence right now. So I’ll go for a score draw.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Draw and BTTS – 59/20

A draw at the Emirates would probably suit Manchester United perfectly. Should we expect anything other than a seventh win on the bounce for Solskjaer, when they take on Brighton?

I can’t see Brighton getting anything from Old Trafford. Confidence is high at United right now and they’ll be looking at those Champions League places and thinking they’ve got a great chance of making it. Winning at Tottenham was a massive result for Solskjaer and his team. They had De Gea to thank. On another day they could have lost 3 or 4-1.

Brighton are poor on the road and this should be a routine win for United.

Manchester United to win 2-0 – 23/4
Manchester United to finish in the Top 4 – 8/5
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be Manchester United manager on the first day of the 2019/20 Premier League season – 5/4

Tottenham are well placed in the Champions League hunt but suffered that big injury setback with Kane. How will that affect their season? 

Any side in the world would miss a player like Harry Kane. It’s not just the goals he scores but his all round play. But Spurs have been here before and Pochettino will have a plan to deal with it. If Son wasn’t away with South Korea, I think that’d stick with what they’ve got, but because he is, I think they’ll dip into the transfer market and make an attacking signing to make sure they’re still well placed by the time Kane returns.

Even without a new arrival before this weekend, they’ve got enough quality to get three points at Fulham. The Cottagers are struggling a bit for goals and they’ll look at other fixtures as must wins. Anything from this game will be a bonus for them.

Tottenham to win at Fulham – 10/13
Tottenham to sign Malcolm from Barcelona in this window – 1/1

 

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Ray Parlour Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Romford Pele’, Ray is one of football’s great characters. In a career which saw him make nearly 500 senior appearances, he won numerous honours including three Premier Leagues and three FA Cups, as well as representing his country 10 times. Part of Arsenal’s invincibles during a 12 year stay with the Gooners, Ray is now a regular on talkSPORT radio.