SUNSPORT is backing plenty of Premier League goals in the final weekend before the international break.
Arsenal play Aston Villa in the late Sunday kick-off after Manchester City welcome title rivals Liverpool to the Etihad in a huge encounter.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Sunday 7.15pm (Sky Sports Box Office)
Whisper it, but things look to be coming together for Mikel Arteta.
It wasn't pretty, but his side ground out a huge victory at Manchester United last weekend – just their second win at Old Trafford in 14 years.
The Gunners lost to Leicester last time they were at the Emirates, a result which ended an unbeaten 2020 on home soil.
Aston Villa meanwhile arrive on the back of two defeats, their early season promise now starting to evaporate.
Dean Smith's side haven't found the attacking fluency they showcased so ruthlessly against Liverpool and the Foxes – and have lost on all their last four visits to North London.
It would be typical Arsenal to go and lose this, especially after such a big victory.
But we're going to trust the home side this week as 4/6 is a big, big price on them condemning Villa to a third-straight defeat.
They're a work in progress but Thomas Partey has offered a steel and calm to the Gunners midfield that drew comparisons with Patrick Vieira this week.
We've got him in our 5-A-Side team.
Arsenal will need to win the midfield battle, stifling Villa's creativity in the process – and we're backing them to get the job done on Sunday night.
Of course things are never straightforward with Arsenal and they've conceded in all their home matches this campaign.
We wouldn't be surprised to see them do so again, especially as Villa haven't drawn a blank on their travels either.
So with that in mind, back Arsenal to win but with both teams to score at a mammoth price of 11/5.
Bukayo Saka was this week named as one of the top ten most valuable footballers in world football.
The 19-year-old has broken into the England team and is an exciting talent, combining defensive hard work with blistering speed on the counter.
He also has a goal in him – just ask Sheffield United.
Plenty of you will be on Aubameyang to net for a second consecutive week at 4/5, but we're after value here.
Saka is a huge 9/2 anytime, 14/1 to net the opener.
He did just that against the Blades – well worth a play.
SunSport's best bets
- Arsenal to win: 4/6 (bet here)
- Gunners to win and both teams to score: 11/5 (bet here)
- Saka on the scoresheet again: 9/2 (bet here)
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