Aubameyang can down Man City and Bale to dazzle on Tottenham return

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The international break is over and the Premier League returns this weekend with some mammoth matches.

The action resumed with a cracking Merseyside derby – which finished 2-2 on Saturday – while there is a huge all-London showdown on Sunday.

Here are our predictions and best bets for of this weekend’s biggest games…

The weekend started with an eventful Merseyside derby

The weekend started with an eventful Merseyside derby

Man City vs Arsenal – Saturday, 5.30pm (LIVE ON TALKSPORT)

Two former champions hoping to get back to the summit of England’s top flight clash in Saturday’s evening kick-off – and history suggests it will be a tough evening for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Since a 2-1 loss in December 2015, City are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League meetings with Arsenal, winning seven and drawing two.

However, the Gunners look revitalised under Arteta and have won eight of their previous 12 Premier League games. The Arsenal boss also has the added advantage of knowing City’s strengths and weaknesses all too well, having served as assistant to Pep Guardiola prior to taking on the Emirates job.

The apprentice, Arteta, can get one over the master, Guardiola, this weekend


The apprentice, Arteta, can get one over the master, Guardiola, this weekend

While City have had Arsenal’s number in recent years, they still look less than convincing at the back this season – new arrival Ruben Dias will need time to bed in – and they have won only one of their opening three matches while they’ve conceded more than they have scored.

They may also be without key man Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday after he picked up an injury on international duty, while Sergio Aguero may still not be fully fit to start, and there are fitness concerns over Raheem Sterling too.

Arsenal would be delighted to see De Bruyne in particular miss out as he loves playing against them  – he has been involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts against the north Londoners.

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Given City’s problems and De Bruyne potentially missing out, the 6/1 on offer for an Arsenal victory at the Etihad is hugely tempting. The draw at 19/5 will also have its backers but we’re going all in and backing the Gunners for glory.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored both goals in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Man City in the FA Cup semi-final last season, will fancy his chances of finding the net and is 11/2 to open the scoring while it is 10/1 he gets another double.

Aubameyang is Arsenal’s star man and can fire at the Etihad


Aubameyang is Arsenal’s star man and can fire at the Etihad

We’re certainly expecting goals – 32 have been scored in City’s last eight home matches – so it should be a cracker whatever happens.

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Tottenham vs West Ham – Sunday, 2.30pm

Sunday sees two of the Premier League’s form sides meet in a big London derby.

If the match didn’t already have top billing, the thought of Gareth Bale making his second debut for Spurs has got the N17 faithful – and plenty of neutrals – excited.

Seven years after he left for Real Madrid, the Welshman is back and he’s looking in fine fettle in training.

One of his most iconic moments in a Tottenham shirt came when he struck a 90th minute winner to hand them a 3-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park back in 2013.

With Bale still returning to full fitness, any debut may be from the bench – and you can get him at 4/1 to score the last goal.

Bale is back and ready to excite in a Spurs shirt once again


Bale is back and ready to excite in a Spurs shirt once again

Tottenham and West Ham have both been in the goals this season too, getting 12 and eight, respectively. That’s 2.5 per game in their combined eight matches.

You can get odds of 4/7 on the match at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium having more than 2.5 goals on Sunday.

It’s not all about Spurs, the Hammers have won their last two matches 7-0 on aggregate.

Michail Antonio has been in fine form and regularly troubles the Lillywhites having scored four goals in his seven Premier League games against them. He’s also got 10 in his last 11 for the Hammers and is priced at 15/8 to score anytime.

Still, we’re backing Spurs to come out on top – they will be buoyed by their stunning 6-1 win over Manchester United, and Bale’s involvement, and were 2-0 winners in this fixture back in June.

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All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication

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