TAB Betting Blog: Everton to cruise past out-of-form Newcastle

Everton vs. Newcastle, Goodison Park, Saturday 11.30pm (AEDT)

Everton are shorties but they look a great way to kick off the EPL on Saturday night.

The Toffees are coming off a short break having drawn 1-1 with Leicester on Thursday morning and that is pretty strong form for a game like this.

Since holding Liverpool to a scoreless draw just under a month ago, Newcastle have completely lost their way with six straight losses in all competitions, while they have only scored two goals during that span.

Steve Bruce's side are struggling while Everton are chugging along nicely and a win here will see them leap into the top four (temporarily, at least).

Punters hoping for a bit more value can set their sights on the Total Goals market in this fixture. An average of 3.4 goals have been scored in their past five clashes with Newcastle winning two of those while there have also been two draws.

With the match being at Goodison, Everton will be looking to continue their consistent form and will be smelling blood here as a wounded and weak Newcastle side rock up on Merseyside. It's hard to go past Everton here.

TIP: Everton (Result) @ $1.50

Arsenal vs. Manchester United, Emirates Stadium, Sunday 4.30am (AEDT)

One of the most highly-anticipated fixtures in the EPL remains Arsenal vs. Manchester United despite both clubs being a shadow of the teams that created such an intense rivalry two decades ago.

They do battle once again here with an important three points on the line but it may be somewhat of an anti-climax.

Arsenal have been on a strong run in the league since beating Chelsea 3-1 just prior to Christmas. Since then they have knocked off Brighton, West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton while they have drawn with Palace during that run. The only blip was an FA Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton which they avenged midweek in the league.

Prior to Thursday morning you would have thought United were in the driver's seat for this game, however, a shock 2-1 loss to bottom side Sheffield United came from nowhere. The Blades were $9 with TAB to get the upset!

The Red Devils have been one of the in-form teams in England in the past few months which is why they find themselves unlikely title contenders. The loss against Sheffield United though shows they still have plenty of work to do.

One thing that will hold them in good stead for this game is their impressive away record, which is an equal club record of 17 games in the EPL without defeat.

Arsenal won't be pushovers though and they will still have designs on a European place at the end of the season, so they need the points as much as United do. They will also have a bit of confidence having won at Old Trafford earlier this season.

At the end of the 90 minutes though, look for both sides to nullify each other and play out a draw.

TIP: Draw (Result) @ $3.40