Mikel Arteta needs a big Valentine’s Day gesture to remind Arsenal fans what they ever saw in him.
Of course, any long-suffering partner will be thrilled by carnations and a scratchcard from the garage. A pack of bungees and an air freshener is another solid move.
But sometimes you’ve got to turn that romance up to 11, Mik.
Wine ’em, dine ’em, 1989 ’em – offer them a whiff of the old Mickey Thomas, make them feel special.
Marcelo Bielsa is giving visitors Leeds (4.30pm) something to smile about most weeks. Twice at Christmas.
They hit the woodwork three times in the 0-0 reverse fixture, bossing 10 men — but with the goalscorer prices squeezed dry, cards could be the way to play here.
If Hector Bellerin starts, the 17/4 (BetVic) he is ‘shown a card’ is ripe on his data.
Arsenal have had seven ‘no goalscorer’ results (90min) this season – a 4/1 return – so nibble ‘no goalscorer’ at 16/1 (Bet365).
It takes someone special to steal any headlines from Bruno Fernandes, and punters should take that hint when Manchester United go to West Brom (2pm).
Scott McTominay is 9/2 (Paddy) ‘anytime scorer’. Tasty enough on his bare stats, but we get gravy – first, the Baggies’ weak data against long shots. Second, he’s flying. Be on.
Take the DRAW at 11/5 for Wolves at Southampton (12pm). Thrill-seekers want Romain Saiss ‘anytime scorer’ at a plump 11/1 (Bet365).
Everton are buzzing with belief and will have plenty of backers at Evens (Fred, Hills) to beat Fulham (7pm). They have scored 10 goals in their last three outings – all meaningful, and eight of them in Big-Six games.
But Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out, and there will surely be better moments to get with the Toffees before the season is up.
Fulham have failed to score in seven of their last 10 (90mins), but they shape very hard for 0-0s – have a nibble on ‘no goalscorer’ at 9/1 (Fred).
Over in Italy, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the ‘anytime scorer’ call at 22/5 (Unibet) when Lazio go to Inter in Serie A (7.45pm).
Last week: Winner at 10/11
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