talkSPORT betting tips – Best football bets and expert advice for Wednesday 3 April

There’s plenty of midweek football to look forward to on Wednesday, but the spotlight will be on the three games in the Premier League with two of the title challengers in action.

Two teams at opposite ends of the table meet at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal take on Luton Town, while Brentford will be desperate to pick up a victory against Brighton to ease their relegation concerns.

Wednesday’s late game is the pick of the bunch as Manchester City welcome top-four hopefuls Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium.

With so much to play for at both ends of the table, it has the potential to be a pivotal night in the race for the title and the battle against relegation.

Bet of the day

Arsenal – Over 3.5 goals vs Luton – 11/10

Arsenal will be expected to collect all three points on Wednesday when they face strugglers Luton. The Gunners have only lost one of their last 11 games in all competitions, while Luton are now winless in 10 and are in the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference.

Mikel Arteta’s side were involved in a 0-0 draw against title rivals Manchester City on Sunday, but they should have no issues finding the net against the Hatters. Arsenal have scored 14 goals in their last four league matches at the Emirates, while Luton have conceded 15 in their last five on their travels.

Rob Edwards’ side have also got a whole host of injury problems to contend with, particularly at the back, so expect Arsenal to put on a finishing clinic.

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Special of the day

Brentford v Brighton – Draw and BTTS @ 17/5

Brentford were unlucky to not pick up all three points against Manchester United last weekend, and even though they needed a 99th-minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw, there’s still the chance they come out firing this week.

Thomas Frank’s team have not won any of their last seven games, and keeping clean sheets has been their Achilles heel all season.

The Bees have only recorded four shutouts throughout the campaign, and they will do well to stop Brighton from scoring.

Brighton have been inconsistent all year, but they have what it takes to produce a big performance when it matters, and could easily take the game to their hosts.

However, they have kept just four clean sheets all season, and with both sides struggling for victories, there is every chance they both find the back of the net in an entertaining draw.

Long shot of the day 

BetBuilder – Man City v Aston Villa – Over 2.5 cards, Manchester City to win 1-0/2-0, Rodri to have 2+ shots

Third plays fourth in this Premier League battle, but it is difficult to see Aston Villa getting a result, despite having beaten the champions in the reverse fixture.

Unai Emery has confirmed striker Ollie Watkins will be absent, and Villa will do well to score without their talisman, who has netted 16 league goals this season.

City may have some crucial injuries to key defenders, but Watkins makes Villa tick, and it is tough to see them keeping the ball or offering as much on the counter-attack.

Villa have also collected the third-most yellow cards this season with 79, and they will have no choice at times to make cynical fouls to try and slow down City’s continuous attacks.

One man who could be at the centre of those attacks is midfielder Rodri. The Spaniard has scored four goals in his previous eight matches against the Villans, while he averages 1.9 shots per game this season.

City may need to think outside the box at times to break down Villa, so expect Rodri to try his luck on more than one occasion.

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