TT split on Gunners and Reds

TEAMtalk's writers are split over Arsenal and Liverpool's chances this weekend - but you can get special prices on any of our accumulator tips.

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Matt Briggs' Numbers Game betting blog had readers firmly in profit last season and was at it again last week as he tipped both Liverpool and Manchester City to 'win to nill' last Friday.

Aside from Matt's more serious tips, we know there are plenty of you that enjoy a more speculative punt on a multiple-team accumulator.

We've all suffered at the hands of a 'dead cert' costing us a fortune with a shock slip up at home to the league's no-hopers, and this season the TEAMtalk writers are going to suffer their humiliation publicly by revealing our long-odds accumulators.

The hope, of course, is that we can beat the bookies for once and turn a profit - and our friends at Sky Bet are providing price boosts on all of our tips, exclusively to TEAMtalk readers, to ensure you get the very best price on our selections.

Week 1

Predictably, things got off to a bad start last weekend with none of our accumulators coming in.

James Marshment's 7/1 tip (Sunderland, Man Utd, Spurs) was ruined by Fulham's win at the Stadium of Light, while Pete Hall went close with his 20/1 punt (Norwich, Man Utd, Southampton) but was unfortunate to see Everton come from behind at Carrow Road.

Mark Holmes (Norwich, West Ham, Sunderland -14/1) and Ian Watson (Liverpool and Cardiff to win; Swansea to draw - 20/1) were even less successful.

Week 2

Not to be deterred, we're putting our money where our mouths are again this weekend.

Remember, if you like the look of any of our tips, Sky Bet are providing price boosts for all of them, exclusively to TEAMtalk readers.

Rob McCarthy: Aston Villa, West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday all to win (28/1)

I fancy the in-form Christian Benteke to give the Liverpool back four a torrid time and for Villa to edge a close encounter against Brendan Rodgers' improving Liverpool team.

Sam Allardyce will have revenge on his mind when he takes West Ham to a Newcastle team that seem to be in a bit of disarray at the moment, while a huge Sheffield Wednesday side will likely cause Millwall all sorts of problems from set pieces and should claim their first league win of the season against the Championship's basement boys.

Sam Nightingale: Fulham, Ipswich and Yeovil all to win (28/1)

I'm going for three home wins. Fulham's Craven Cottage is a tough place to go, and despite Arsenal's midweek victory at Fenerbahce, the pressure is still on Arsene Wenger.

Ipswich need to bounce back after only one win from three matches - but that win was at home to Millwall.

Gary Johnson's Yeovil will also be looking to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the bounce in the Championship, and their form at Huish Park will be vital if they are to stay up this season.

Pete Hall: Arsenal and Everton to win, Newcastle and West Ham to draw (14/1)

I can't see Arsenal starting the season with two defeats, especially after their midweek Champions League win, while Everton looked good against Norwich last weekend and should be too strong for West Brom.

Newcastle were terrible against Manchester City on Monday, but I fancy them to get a draw against West Ham.

James Marshment: Doncaster and Sheffield Wednesday to win, Stoke and Crystal Palace to draw (30/1)

I was impressed with the Eagles last week and thought they were unlucky not to get a point from their clash with Spurs. A trip to Stoke is not the daunting prospect it once was and I think Palace can get off the mark in what I expect to be a drab, possibly goalless, affair.

Doncaster have really caught my eye of late and the capture of Theo Robinson has added much-needed pace to their attack. They were unlucky not to see off Wigan in midweek, so a trip to struggling Charlton should hold no fears.

Sheffield Wednesday may be yet to win this season, but neither have Millwall and the Lions are seriously lacking in belief at the moment and I can see Wednesday grinding out a hard-fought win at Hillsborough.

Matt Stead: Norwich and Liverpool to win, Fulham and Arsenal to draw (18/1)

Norwich put in an excellent showing against Everton and were more than worth their point, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel should put a weak looking Hull side to the sword.

Liverpool also looked great against Stoke, and a fluid attack involving Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge always provides a goal threat. While Villa shouldn't be underestimated and will pose a huge test for the Reds, I feel their narrow defeat at Chelsea could hit them hard.

Arsenal, despite the comprehensive win at Fenerbahce, have all the pressure on them. The last place they'll want to go in that case is Craven Cottage, where spirits should be high following their 1-0 win over Sunderland. I don't see the Gunners losing, but I think a win is a tall order.

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