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View from the Press Room: The Weekend Preview

It’s the penultimate round of Premier League fixtures before the World Cup break, and if Arsenal can match or better Man City’s points tally from the next two games, then it will be the Gunners who will sit atop the table during the break. Let’s take a look at everything that’s happening in the world of football and beyond. 

Let’s start with Mikel Arteta’s table-topping Gunners, who are still the big 7/1 outsiders to claim the Premier League title. This weekend they face a real test of their title credentials as they travel to London rivals Chelsea. 

Graham Potter has had a mixed time of it since joining the Blues, with his team recovering from last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing away at Brighton, with a 2-1 Champions League win against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek.

If Arsenal can come away from Stamford Bridge with a victory, not only will their price for the title shorten, but it would signal to the chasing pack that they are a force to be reckoned with.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “The last time Arsenal were top of the Premier League after 12 games they went on to be crowned champions with the ‘Invincibles’ romping to the title, boasting a mammoth 11 point cushion!

However, despite being two points clear of Manchester City at present, the Gunners are currently rated as 7/1 shots to reclaim the coveted crown in 2022/23 with Pep Guardiola’s array of stars the red-hot 1/6 favourites.”

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That Chelsea v Arsenal fixture is one of the six 6 Scores Challenge fixtures this weekend.

Last week was a disastrous round for bet365 players. Not a single player correctly predicted that Brighton would beat Chelsea 4-1 AND that Newcastle would defeat Aston Villa 4-0, meaning that the jackpot was safe following the two Saturday 3pm matches.

This weekend’s 6 Scores Challenge kicks-off on Saturday at 3pm when Fulham travel to the Etihad to take on champions Manchester City, and concludes with a cracker at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs take on Liverpool. In between, players will have to correctly predict the score for Everton v Leicester, Chelsea v Arsenal, Aston Villa v Man Utd and Southampton v Newcastle.

The free-to-play game was introduced at the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season and provides football fans with an opportunity to win cash prizes if they are able to predict the scores from six pre-selected matches each week, with the jackpot of £1,000,000 remaining in place until it is won.

View this week’s predictions from Sam Matterface, Kelly Somers and Steve Freeth

Making their 6 Scores Challenge debut this weekend is new Aston Villa Manager Unai Emery. The former Arsenal, Sevilla and PSG boss faces a daunting opening fixture with his new side having not registered a home league victory over United since 1995 – a remarkable run which now stretches 23 matches.

bet365’s Steve Freeth added:  “Welcome back to the Premier League Unai! The Spaniard kicks off his Aston Villa reign against Manchester United – a side that the Lions have historically struggled against – and bet365 are 16/1 about his new club doing the double over the Red Devils.

United are the 21/20 favourites to maintain their recent upturn in fortunes and seal the points at Villa Park this weekend, with the home side, who are 2/1 to lose both Premier league games against the Red Devils, priced up at 12/5.”

View the full article following Unai Emery's appointment

What:Sri Lanka vs England, T20 World Cup
Where:Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
When:08:00, Saturday 5th November
How to watch:bet365 Sports Live Streaming and Sky Sports Cricket
Odds:Sri Lanka 10/3, England 2/9

Let’s switch sporting disciplines now and look at a couple of international fixtures this weekend.

In the T20 Cricket World Cup England have steadied the ship following their rain-affected defeat to underdogs Ireland and they are 2/9 to finish the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup with a victory against 10/3 shots Sri Lanka.

However, Jos Buttler's men will be taking nothing for granted against a dangerous Sri Lanka side who won the Asia Cup in September and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the last four with a clinical six-wicket victory over Afghanistan.

Australia’s lacklustre win over the Afghans today has moved them above England in the group standings, but England will qualify for the semi-finals with a win over Sri Lanka, thanks to their superior net run rate.

View the full England v Sri Lanka betting preview

WhatEngland v Argentina 
WhereTwickenham, London
When14:15, Sunday 6th November 2022
How to watchAmazon Prime
OddsEngland 1/9, Argentina 11/2

Argentina are the visitors for to Twickenham for this weekend’s Autumn International. England head coach Eddie Jones is also looking for some positive form as his side builds towards the Six Nations and the next World Cup.

The Red Rose finished the last Six Nations with just two wins from their five games, with a poor return for a side that should be challenging for the title every year.

Argentina will have their dangerous strike runners, with Newcastle Falcons winger Mateo Carreras a player to look out for on Sunday.

Los Pumas have a pack to also cause England problems but if the hosts do make a positive start at Twickenham, this could then be a one-sided affair.

View the preview for this weekend's Autumn internationals

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