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Sam Hendry’s best football bets for the weekend

Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Saturday 3pm

Wolves have an excellent track record against the big teams, and I fancy them to cause an upset at the Emirates when they face an underperforming Arsenal side seemingly on the verge of crisis.

Gunners captain Granit Xhaka will not be considered for selection after his reaction to the boos aimed at him during last week’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

That result left Arsenal with just one win from their last four league games and Wednesday’s insane 5-5 draw and subsequent penalties loss to Liverpool has not improved the mood.

Wolves, on the other hand, are beginning to hit form after a poor start. They are unbeaten in five and were able to rest their key players during their own League Cup tie in the week.

They’ve already beaten Man City away from home and can add another scalp today at odds of 15/4 at bet365.

Brighton vs Norwich City – Saturday 3pm

Brighton’s strong home form should see them come out on top when they host the side with the worst away record in the league.

Their only defeat at the Amex Stadium came against Southampton after they were reduced to 10 men. Since then Brighton have drawn with Burnley and beaten both Tottenham and Everton to put some distance between themselves and the bottom three.

The Canaries, by contrast, have only scored once on their travels so far and that came at Anfield on the first day of the season.

With Teemu Pukki out of form they have seemingly little else to offer and have fallen apart since their shock win over Man City in September.

Neil Maupay has found the net in each of Brighton’s last three home games and I’m backing him to do the same this afternoon. It’s 7/4 at bet365 for Maupay to score anytime and Brighton to win.

West Ham United vs Newcastle United – Saturday 3pm

The Hammers have been as inconsistent as ever this year and have already achieved the following: gone on a six-game unbeaten run, beaten Man United, lost 5-0 and 4-0 to Man City and Oxford United respectively and are now on a run of four without victory.

Luckily for them they are facing Steve Bruce’s unambitious Newcastle team who have only scored six times in their ten games and look there for the taking without the suspended Sean Longstaff and injured Fabian Schar.

Andriy Yarmolenko has been West ham’s standout player so far after successfully recovering from a horrid achilles injury which saw him miss most of last year’s action.

The Ukranian has been in particularly electric form at the London Stadium and is 13/2 to score first. A 2-0 West Ham win also looks decently priced at odds of 17/2.

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