September 17th, 2016 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

Arsenal just about saved us last week with a late, very fortuitous penalty against Southampton, who defended well. On what I saw, the Gunners have a long, long way to go to match the main title contenders but, in fairness, they are very much a work in progress.

You will never see a top-flight team defend more poorly than Sunderland did against Everton on Monday night and I am embarrassed that I tipped them. I still believe they will be safe enough this term and I also think Everton will soon receive a reality check from one of the top teams but they are in very good nick at present and you have to give Ronald Koeman credit for getting things organised so quickly

This is a quiet weekend but I think Claude Puel will shuffle the Southampton squad to good effect and come up with the right combination to account for Swansea on Sunday.

7/10 is a bit skinny, especially when you can get 4/6 about NEWCASTLE when they take on Wolves. As you know, Newcastle are my stand-out nap to win the Championship and they may be on top by Saturday evening. Wolves have money behind the scenes now but there is no sign of any real improvement and I doubt the 4/6 Newcastle with Coral will last very long.

The Bristol City v Newcastle game recently was most informative. Hardly a riveting spectacle, it still saw Newcastle do just enough to get their season on track while City suffered a minor blip. They have picked up again and there was no disgrace in the narrow defeat to a talented Sheffield Wednesday team which so nearly returned to the top flight last time. BRISTOL CITY can account for Derby, who seem to be going nowhere at all and are drifting dangerously close to the relegation area, early days though these may be.

I’m returning briefly to Both Teams To Score because Sheffield United simply have to gain promotion and Peterborough always seem to find the net win, lose or draw.


NEWCASTLE 40 units at 4/6 to beat Wolves

BRISTOL CITY 20 units at 6/4 to beat Derby

Sheffield Utd v Peterborough 20 units both teams to score