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 By Derek Bilton

Goals galore in Arsenal vs. Tottenham, Sane and Malah on target

The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.
The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.
The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.
The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.
The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.
The ESPN FC crew hand out their grades for the season so far.

Another big week of profit for the column courtesy of Germany's last gasp 2-2 draw with France, napped on these pages at 14/1. Thank you, Lars Stindl! The Premier League returns this weekend, starting with the north London derby at the Emirates.

Running total: -£78.08

The Home Banker

Tottenham have not won at Arsenal since 2010 but will fancy their chances this weekend. Harry Kane and Dele Alli -- having missed the November internationals -- should be rested and raring to go while Christian Eriksen is in the form of his life. However, Arsenal's chances cannot be dismissed easily with Alexandre Lacazette scoring twice for France in Germany in midweek. Arsene Wenger's men have already lost four times this season so another defeat is pretty much out of the question. Arsenal men go off as slight 13/10 favourites but a more solid bet would be backing over 2.5 goals with both teams finding the net.

Selection: £6 on over 2.5 goals and both teams to score at 5/6 with bet365

The Tasty Treble

Liverpool (4/11) and Manchester City (3/10) should justify favouritism against Southampton and Leicester City respectively this Saturday but Burnley look an interesting price at 11/10 at home to Swansea. The Clarets have kept five clean sheets already this term and are going for what would be a third Premier League win on the spin while Swansea are second bottom having lost seven of their 11 games so far. The treble, which looks pretty tidy, is paying almost 7/4.

Selection: £2 on treble at 2.72/1 with bet365

The Euro Wager

It's been a tough start to the season for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid. They are already well off the pace La Liga after a slow start and progress from Group C of the Champions League also now looks very unlikely. Therefore, victory against city rivals Real Madrid is imperative on Saturday. Both teams are playing catch up after Barcelona's blistering start but Atletico look a spot of value here at 21/10 with Los Blancos' league performances this season blowing hot and cold.

Selection: £2 on Atletico Madrid to win at 21/10 with bet365 

The Wildcard Tip

Romelu Lukaku may be suffering a bit of a goal drought in the Premier League but showed his worth for Belgium, scoring a brace against Mexico and the winner against Japan. Lukaku will be buoyed by news Paul Pogba is also back in training and United's No.9 could be worth following here at 12/5 to score two or more against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Selection: £2.50 on Lukaku to score 2+ goals v Newcastle at 12/5 with bet365

The Bookie Basher

Leroy Sane has already weighed in with six Premier League goals for Manchester City this season and the lightning fast German youngster might be overpriced at 9/2 to score first against Leicester. Similarly, Mohamed Salah has been arguably Liverpool's best player this season, scoring seven goals in just 10 Premier League outings. The Egyptian is a 4/1 chance to score first against Southampton and backing the duo in a first goalscorer double pays better than 25/1 with bet365.

Selection: £1 on Sane - Salah first goalscorer double at 26.5/1 with bet365


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