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Bournemouth return to action on Wednesday night just 24 hours after Scott Parker became the Premier League's first managerial casualty of the season.

Original article published 8 September 2022
 
 

Gary O'Neil will take charge of the Cherries at home to Wolves as Bournemouth fans come to terms with Parker's exit, which comes just four games after winning promotion and seemingly on the back of comments made about his employers following Saturday's 9-0 mauling at Liverpool.

It's a big chance for O'Neil and it's also a big night for Arsenal, who will be looking to maintain their 100 percent start to the season by beating Aston Villa and piling more pressure on Steven Gerrard.

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Gerrard's case for the defence

What:

Arsenal v Aston Villa, Premier League

Where:

Emirates Stadium, London

When:

19:30, Wednesday 31st August, 2022

How to watch:

BT Sport

Odds:

Arsenal 9/20, Aston Villa 5/1, Draw 7/2

High-flying Arsenal and fast-falling Villa meet at the Emirates Stadium where the formbook says the Gunners make it five wins out of five.

Flawless so far, Arsenal enjoyed fairly routine wins over Crystal Palace, Leicester and Bournemouth before coming through a test at home to Fulham by turning a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 win.

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Three-goal Martin Odegaard sparked that comeback – he's 7/1 to open the scoring – before centre-back Gabriel atoned for his defensive howler which gifted Fulham their goal by grabbing the winner.

Arsenal, 9/20 to rock up here, did the double over Villa last season and look to be taking on Steven Gerrard's side at a good time.

Villa have managed just one win in five in all competitions and it must be a concern that Gerrard has started with five different central-defensive combinations already.

The Villa boss needs to sort his side out defensively and do so quickly – because four days after this match Manchester City are the visitors to Villa Park.

O'Neil praying for quiet baptism

What:

Bournemouth v Wolves, Premier League

Where:

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

When:

19:30, Wednesday 31st August, 2022

How to watch:

BT Sport

Odds:

Bournemouth 5/2, Wolves 23/20, Draw 23/10

Scott Parker won (or lost) the sack race, as he was shown the door at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday following Bournemouth's 9-0 drubbing at Liverpool and after his none-too-subtle digs at his board's work in the transfer market.

Gary O'Neil gets to step up and patrol the home technical area against Wolves where the Cherries should have few fears of being hit for nine.

Wolves have managed only two goals so far and were the Premier League's lowest scorers last term out of the clubs that stayed up.

Bournemouth have already shipped more in four games than Chelsea did in 38 during their 2004/05 title-winning season yet it’s 8/11 this match yields under 2.5 goals. And after what happened at the weekend, Bournemouth fans would probably take a dreary 0-0 right now.

Salah's sights on Howe's Magpies

What:

Liverpool v Newcastle, Premier League

Where:

Anfield, Liverpool

When:

20:00, Wednesday 31st August, 2022

How to watch:

BT Sport

Odds:

Liverpool 2/7, Newcastle 9/1, Draw 9/2

It was one of the great mysteries of the weekend, and left Fantasy Football managers up and down the land scratching their heads – how on earth did Liverpool manage to hit nine and Mo Salah wasn't involved in any of them.

Salah might not have managed a goal or an assist in the 9-0 demolition of Bournemouth, which ended any talk of an Anfield crisis, but Newcastle will still be wary of a player who has scored in all five of his Premier League home games against them.

He's 20/21 to find the net, while Saturday's two-goal hero Roberto Firmino, set to start once more with Darwin Nunez suspended, 6/4 to score at any time.

Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than any other club and haven't lost at home to the Magpies since 1994.

But Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, who has himself lost eight in a row as a gaffer against the Reds, has got a tune out of the Toon and punters who saw their brilliant 3-3 draw against Manchester City might well be tempted by the Draw or Newcastle double chance at 5/2.

London calling for capital rivals

What:

West Ham v Tottenham, Premier League

Where:

London Stadium, London

When:

19:45, Wednesday 31st August, 2022

How to watch:

BT Sport

Odds:

West Ham 13/5, Tottenham 19/20, Draw 14/5

It’s a big week for West Ham and Tottenham who each have a pair of London derbies to get through before marching into Europe next week.

At the weekend the Hammers are at Chelsea before bracing themselves for a showdown with Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League. Tottenham have Marseille on their minds in the Champions League but not until they've taken on Fulham on Sunday.

First things first is this bitter old dust-up in Stratford where Tottenham's decent start has earned them a 19/20 quote.

It's not been all plain sailing under Antonio Conte. They were played off the park at Chelsea, poor for a half at home to Wolves and tested to the limit by Nottingham Forest on Sunday before running out 2-0 winners thanks to a Harry Kane brace. The England skipper is 13/2 to get two or more on Wednesday night.

Gianluca Scamacca, meanwhile, has started three games for the Hammers and they've won all three. The three he didn't start all ended in defeats. That surely forces David Moyes' hand with the Italian 15/2 to open the scoring.

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Cooper wary of free-scoring Haaland

What:

Manchester City v Nott'm Forest, Premier League

Where:

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

When:

19:30, Wednesday 31st August, 2022

How to watch:BT Sport
Odds:

Man City 1/16, Nott'm Forest 28/1, Draw 12/1

Six-goal Erling Haaland is 15/8 to open the scoring and 9/2 to bag a hat-trick, repeating his feat from Saturday when his treble enabled Manchester City to come from two down to beat Crystal Palace 4-2.

Nottingham Forest are 28/1 no-hopers here, yet they acquitted themselves well in defeat at home to Tottenham on Sunday and have looked okay so far under Steve Cooper.

Worryingly, going into this round of fixtures no keeper had made more saves than Forest glovesmith Dean Henderson and he can expect a seriously busy night.

City and over 3.5 goals is a meagre 4/6 which illustrates what we might expect at the Etihad Stadium.

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