Aston Villa favourites to get better of injury-hit Preston

32Red's betting expert Jack Milner takes a look at Preston North End's clash with Aston Villa this weekend's as well as the crunchPremier League fixture between Liverpool and Arsenal

Friday, 28th December 2018, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:49 am
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Reds’ fan continue to chant ‘we’re going to win the league’ and there appears to be few chinks in their armour, with just six points dropped in the opening half of the season.

Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat of Newcastle saw them flourish in the final third once more and, simulation accusations aside for a second, Mo Salah continues to lead the line up front.

The PFA Player of the Year netted in both defeats of Wolves and Newcastle in the last week and has been cut to 11/4 with 32Red to be the league’s leading goalscorer, and 8/1 to be best amongst his peers for a second successive season.

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Preston North End's Ben Pearson is sent off against Sheffield Wednesday

The Reds face one of their sternest tests of the season thus far when hosting Arsenal at Anfield this evening, with Unai Emery’s men arriving on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw at Brighton midweek.

The Gunners themselves have a front-three of a similar quality to the hosts, with Luca Torreira and Mesut Ozil combining fluidly with the pair of Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the final third.

The latter netted the opener at the Amex at the weekend and currently tops the PL scoring charts having netted 13 goals in the Gunners’ first half of the season.

He looks a fair price at 3/1 with 32Red to win the PL Golden Boot and similarly a big price at 13/2 to break the deadlock at Anfield, and 6/4 to net anytime against The Reds.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the second goal of the game from the penalty spot against Newcastle

It will be fascinating to see how he fairs against Liverpool centre-half Virgil Van Dijk, who remains the even money favourite to be named PFA Player of the Year after a sparkling start to the season.

Nevertheless, Liverpool are often prone to errors at the back and I can see goals in a traditionally high-scoring game on Merseyside.

Liverpool backers at 1/2 would surely rather take them at 7/4 to win despite conceding at the other end.

Likewise, the Gunners are 6/1 to end Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season and 9/1 to win and both teams to score.

I can see both sides leaving with a point and, with goals fancied, think both the 2-2 and 3-3 correct scores could give punters a run for their money at both 14/1 and 40/1 respectively with 32Red.