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Arsenal v Olympiacos Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)

Arsenal V Olympiacos Champions League
These two are no strangers to each other as this is the third time in four seasons that they have been drawn together in the group stage of the competition. The two sides had contrasting fortunes on Match Day One as Arsenal scored a important away win in Montpellier, while the Greeks lost at home against Schalke. The Gunners will be expected to take a solid win.

Arsenal v Olympiacos Champions League Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365:
Arsenal 4/11, Draw 15/4, Olympiacos 15/2

The Gunners suffered a bit of a set back in their form as they lost at home against Chelsea in the Premier League on the weekend. But they still look a good side and they should have too much in the tank for the Greeks to handle. Arsenal won this corresponding fixture last season with a 2-1 scoreline, although the Greeks did give them plenty of problems. But Arsenal are a much improved side already from last season and having won both of their previous home games against Olympiacos, they will be favourites. They are looking a strong enough side going forward to get a comfortable maximum points out of this one and take firm control of the group. An Arsenal -1.5 Asian Handicap for a price of 21/20 at online bookmaker Bet365 looks around the right mark for this one.

Stat Attack:
This is the third time in four seasons they have been drawn together
Arsenal have won both of their home games and lost both of their away games against Olympiacos
The Gunners won four of their five home matches in the Champions League last season
Olympiacos lost two away matches in last season’s group stage

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Arsenal v Olympiacos Betting Preview:
Just as Arsenal had gotten into their top stride this season, they were gunned down by Chelsea at the Emirates on the weekend. Nonetheless, the Gunners are pretty dependable at home in the Champions League and they are still good enough to get through this match without too much fuss or bother. The Gunners have made it through from the group stage for 12 consecutive seasons now and that is vast experience to rely upon. They look a good settled side now and should get back into their stride at home this week after the Chelsea blow. The Gunners have goals in them and do look pretty tight at the back. The Gunners came from behind away to Marseille to gain a victory on Match Day One and if they back that up with a win on Wednesday, they should be on cruise control to win the group. Arsenal have lost just two of 42 Champions League matches at home.

Olympiacos lost at home against German side Schalke on Match Day One by a 2-1 scoreline. They have lost their previous two visits to Arsenal in the Champions League, even though they troubled the Gunners last season, who had a much weaker defence then. This is Olympiacos’s 14th season in the Champions League but they lost two on the road last season in the group stage. Overall in the Champions League/European Cup, Olympiacos have a terrible away record winning just three of their 56 matches and have lost all ten matches in England, having scored just one goal in that time. Not looking too good for the Greek side in this one.




Arsenal v Montpellier Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Arsenal V Montpellier Champions League
The Gunners kick off their Champions League campaign as the outside shot of the four English teams involved this season. The Gunners warmed up well by recording back to back victories in the Premier League for the season on the weekend, a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton. Last season’s French Champions Montpellier have struggled to get out of the starting blocks in the league, picking up three defeats in their opening five matches. Can early season form be enough of advantage see the Gunners get off to a good start?

Arsenal v Montpellier Champions League Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365:
Arsenal 6/5, Draw 9/4, Montpellier 9/4

French side Montpellier just haven’t shown up this season. Their defence has been wide open and they suffered their third defeat of the early season on the weekend. They won’t entirely be relishing the trip to the Emirates at the moment. After blowing the league away last season, it has been a tough act to follow for themselves. Arsenal have had a steady start to their new season, exploding into life up front as they transition to life without Robin van Persie. The big positive of the Gunners this season has been their defence, as they have only conceded one goal in their opening four matches. If they keep that kind of consistency going in Europe, where they have vast experience over the French side, then they should be able to kick things off with a win. A confident Arsenal may be worth backing at an -0.75 Asian Handicap price of 8/5 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Stat Attack:
This is the first time that the two sides have met competitively
Montpellier have only faced an English side once in European competition
Arsenal have not lost a match day one fixture since 2003
Arsenal have made it out of the group stage 12 consecutive seasons

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Arsenal v Montpellier Betting Preview:
Two sides with contrasting early seasons on the domestic front. Arsenal stated slowly in the new Premier League season, firing blanks in their first two matches. But they have come to life with boss Arsene Wenger tinkering with his front line, and summer signing Olivier Giroud will make a rapid return to face his former club. Giroud was Ligue 1’s joint top goalscorer last season with a haul of 21 goals, but has yet to open his account in the EPL with Arsenal. The Gunners should hold a big advantage here because Montpellier just aren’t looking the side that they were last season. Clearly Giroud was their main man and not only have they lost him, but defensively they look a bit lost.

Arsenal have gotten more and more fluent as the early domestic season has worn on and this should be a confident start for them. Olympiakos and Schalke await in the group also for Arsenal, but they can really heap some more pressure on the French outfit here. The experience of Wenger here should produce results. They beat Marseille in the Group Stage last season and that was only their second win in 12 Champions League away matches (with eight defeats in that twelve). They face up against Man City next in the Premier League but shouldn’t be distracted too much by that. Defensively they should be strong enough to get a result.



Arsenal v Sunderland Betting Odds, Tips and Preview

Premier League Betting

Arsenal V Sunderland
With the Gunners resigned to having to sell their star striker Robin van Persie to their Premier League rivals Manchester United, will the Black Cats be able to capitalise on the Arsenal unrest and take an opening day win?

Arsenal v Sunderland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power:
Arsenal 2/5, Draw 7/2, Sunderland 15/2

Verdict: After limping towards the end of last season in the Premier League, Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has been a little unhappy that he hasn’t been able to be active in the transfer market. They snapped up Louis Saha on a deal to help out up front, but is that enough to solve the Black Cats’ lack of goalscoring talent which was evident last year? Arsenal will go into the season without Robin van Persie and how they cope without him is going to be the main factor of their season. Regardless, the Gunners go as short odds and with the squad proving that they are good enough with RVP, the Gunners still look decent for a +1.5 Asian Handicap at 23/20 with online bookmaker Paddy Power.

Stat Attack:

  • The Gunners have lost just one of their last 17 home matches in the league against Sunderland
  • Martin O’Neill has won just once in 16 EPL meetings against Arsene Wenger
  • Sunderland are carrying over a winless streak of seven away matches
  • Arsenal were the league’s highest goalscorers in the first fifteen minutes of matches

Head To Head:
There have been seventy meetings between the two sides at Arsenal and the Gunners have a big supremacy in the fixture. The Gunners have won 54% of the meetings at home against the Black Cats and recorded a win in the fixture last season. That was Robin van Persie netting a brace in a 2-1 win. Sunderland will be happy RVP won’t be there on Saturday, as the Dutchman has netted five in four home games against them. Despite two league defeats, Sunderland did record a home win over Arsenal in the FA Cup last season. Which means that Arsenal have won just two of the last five matches against Sunderland in all competitions. At home, Arsenal haven’t lost to Sunderland since a meeting in the 2002/03 League Cup.

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Arsenal v Sunderland Betting Preview:
Life without Robin van Persie, that is what Arsenal are looking at. With the Dutch striker refusing to sign an extension to his contract, Arsene Wenger admitted that he had no choice but to sell their best player. Van Persie netted 30 of Arsenal’s 70 league goals last season and even with his haul they finished nineteen points off the top. So how are they going to close the gap this season? They have drafted in Olivier Giroud and they have the likes of Gervinho and Chamakh around. They also picked up Germany’s Lukas Podolski to help weigh in. But is that going to be enough to fill the void that Van Persie has left behind? Maybe, maybe someone will step up and fill their boots. Arsenal do have a good crop of young players to call on in Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere in particular. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Alex Song are going to be crucial in holding things together.

Sunderland really haven’t taken on much of a new identity since last season. It all started well for Martin O’Neill when he took over, but the same old problems still seem to be there, a lack of expansive play and goalscoring ability. The Black Cats have turned to Louis Saha for goals. They are solid enough through the middle and at the back, but they really have to find a new dimension in pushing forward this season if they are going to be looking for a top half of the table finish. The Black Cats finished the season without a win in their last eight matches. A draw looks as if it will be just about the best that they could pick up on this opening day. If their pre-season form is anything to go by, four defeats and a draw (scoring just one goal in those matches) it could be a long season ahead for O’Neill and Sunderland.




Arsenal v Man City Betting Odds and Preview – Pre-season friendly

Manchester City - Carlos Tevez

Two of the Premier League’s top sides are out in Asia and are all set to square off on Friday, July 27th as Arsenal v Man City betting takes centre stage in the pre-season friendly circuit. Defending Premier League Champions Manchester City haven’t had a particularly successful pre-season so far, losing against Al-Hilal and then drawing blanks in a 0-0 draw away against German second tier side Dynamo Dresden they finally found some form with a 2-0 win against Turkish side Besiktas. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany got the job done for City, in easily their best pre-season performance so far. They had looked a little laboured and lacking any drive and creativity going forward until they met Besiktas where they were much more lively. Carlos Tevez is still putting in solid minutes during the pre-season and naturally City will get stronger and stronger in their build up to the new domestic season. After facing Arsenal, Man City then move on to play the Malaysian national side before facing Chelsea in the Community Shield on August 12th. So that really is not too far away and match sharpness will really have to start being honed now.

So on to face Arsenal in what should be an entertaining and familiar experience for both sides. Manchester City of course have placed a bid for want away Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, so there is an added little something on this one. Roberto Mancini’s men will be favourites to take the win here, and there is likely to be less trailists and bit-part players making an appearance than there has been on their pre-season tour. Both sides won their respective home fixtures in the Premier League last season against the other, and both were 1-0 wins. But it will be particularly interesting to see how Arsenal’s shape and look without Robin van Persie stands up against a strong Manchester City back line. That is because it could well be a test that will be coming very soon in the new Premier League season.

The Gunners have only played one pre-season friendly so far, and that was a 2-1 victory against the Malaysia All-Stars XI. It certainly wasn’t as convincing of a win as it was then the two sides met this time last year, with Arsenal cruising to a 4-0 victory There was not too much to be taken from that though, because Arsene Wenger used two different sides for each half of the game, but it took late strikes from the Gunners to avoid an embarrassing defeat nonetheless. Thomas Eisfeld struck an equaliser with three minutes to go, and in the 89th minute Chuks Aneke scored the winner. Arsenal didn’t really create much as an attacking force throughout the entire game, even with a spattering of stars like Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. We will no doubt see a stronger side against Manchester City, and after playing Gervinho and Chamakh up front to start the match against the makeshift Malaysia side, Arsene Wenger really won’t have had too many questions answered about what to do up front next season should Robin van Persie depart.

Manchester City v Arsenal betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Man City 11/10, Arsenal 21/10, Draw 11/5

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Arsenal v Malaysia XI betting odds and preview

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Arsenal v Malaysia XI betting will give Arsene Wenger his first look at his squad ahead of next season’s competitive action. He will also get to see how life may be without Robin van Persie in his ranks. Arsenal relied so heavily on the Dutchman last season for goals, and with Van Persie looking as if he is imminently going to be traded, then Wenger has to look at alternatives. Wenger though, does still seem to hope that Van Persie will have a change of heart and stay with the club, but that seems a bit unrealistic, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus chasing hard for his signature. So their match against Malaysia XI will be their first action on their tour of Asia, where they will bump Manchester City soon. They played the same fixture in Kuala Lumpur last year during the pre-season, cruising to a 4-0 victory, as they look to extend their fan-base abroad. So who will step up to cover for Robin van Persie?

Well, all eyes will be on Arsenal big two summer transfers up front. Arsenal snapped up French striker Olivier Giroud (reportedly as future cover for Robin van Persie according to some reports) as well as Germany’s Lukas Podolski. So the Gunners will have options and will want the new players to gel and settle into the team quickly, because the pressure could be on them next season to make up for the absence of Robin van Persie, who scored 30 of Arsenal’s 74 league goals last season. Both of the new signings have been confirmed for Arsenal’s Asian tour, and the likelihood is that both will get a run out in Arsenal v Malaysia XI betting. Naturally this is not going to be a highly competitive match, as it is against an assembled side which don’t play together.

This is more of an exercise in branding than anything. Arsenal cruised to victory in this one last year and even without Robin van Persie a pretty resounding victory should be on the cards again. This starts a busy period of matches for Arsenal ahead of the new Premier League season, as they face Manchester City three days later, followed by Kit Chee and then Cologne before they set themselves for the domestic season. So the Arsenal squad will be looked over and no doubt there will be plenty of experimentation throughout the match by the manager. But what it does give is an Arsenal forward an enormous chance to catch the eye of the manager.

Arsenal v Malaysia XI betting odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Arsenal 1/10, Draw 6/1, Malaysia XI 12/1

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Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Odds, Preview and Money Back Special

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Little doubt about the big game in the Premier League on the weekend, as Saturday we have a look at Arsenal v Chelsea betting, which will have a big say in the final places in the top four. Chelsea need the win much more desperately than Arsenal, and defeat at the Emirates for Roberto Di Matteo’s men, could really scupper their chances of booking a Champions League place for next season. Online bookmaker Paddy Power have a great Money Back Special running for Arsenal v Chelsea betting. There is, without doubt a wealth of forward talent on the pitch, from Robin van Persie to Didier Drogba. So there is the potential for goals in this crucial top four battle. The two sides produced an eight goal thriller earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge, with Arsenal winning 5-3.

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Arsenal v Chelsea Betting Odds
Arsenal to win: 21/20 at Paddy Power
Draw: 27/10 at Bet Victor
Chelsea to win: 11/4 at Bet365 

The Gunners look the part for a third place finish in the league, and they take a seven point lead over 6th placed Chelsea into this fixture. So the Gunners do have a bit of breathing space for a top four finish, and a win here could put them well in control. The Gunners have earned their position well, with a very strong run of form since the start of February, and they have won nine of the last eleven matches. Although they have lost two of their last four, including their last outing at home against Wigan Athletic, they are still in pretty strong shape. That home defeat against Wigan, was only their third home defeat of the season, and they have a W12 D2 L3 record for the season. They have the unquestionable prowess of Robin van Persie up front, and he has helped them score in all but one of their home games this season. The Gunners average over two goals per game at home, and their defence, by and large has been very solid, keeping four clean sheets in their last six matches. Can they get the win which will likely finish off their London rivals’ chance of a top four finish? Arsenal have held a pretty home strong record against the Blues, losing just three of the last nineteen matches. The Gunners have lost Mikel Arteta for the rest of the season through injury.

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Chelsea must quickly come down from the euphoria of beating Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blues scraped a 1-0 win, thanks largely to a massive defensive effort and huge slices of luck. The Blues suffered a heavy 5-3 at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal earlier in the season, and really need to reverse that on Saturday. Chelsea have still lost only one match since Roberto Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas Boas, but again, luck has played a huge factor in their progress. They were lucky to beat Wigan, they were lucky to be awarded a goal that never was in the FA Cup semi final versus Spurs, they were luckily saved by the woodwork on a couple of occasions against Barcelona, and the list can go on. But if luck is on your side, then you have to roll with it. Maybe all this luck will translate into success for Chelsea on all fronts. Chelsea’s away form is nothing to write home about still, as they have only won one of their last seven matches on the road. So they will go as underdogs here, especially based on Arsenal’s good home form. But this is another crucial match for Chelsea, and it is awkwardly sandwiched in between the two Champions League semi final matches. The Blues expended a lot of energy in shutting Barcelona out, so they will probably need to shuffle their pack and Fernando Torres could spell Didier Drogba ahead of the trip to Spain, but Drogba has a great goal scoring record against the Gunners.


Arsenal v Wigan Betting Odds, Preview and Money Back Special – 16.04.12

Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)

Arsenal v Wigan betting for Monday night’s Premier League match has some coverage being offered on it by online bookmaker Paddy Power. Arsenal look to have third place in the league firmly in their grasp and really just have to play the season out, while Wigan are still struggling to remain in England’s top flight for next season. Robin van Persie found his way back on to the score-sheet again against Wolves over the Easter weekend, his first goal in five matches. So, with Van the Man netting his 27th league goal of the season, he naturally is the main focal point of Arsenal betting in the goal scorer markets. Van Persie rounded off a 4-0 win over Wigan earlier in the season.

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Arsenal v Wigan Betting Odds
Arsenal 2/7, Draw 9/2, Wigan 9/1 at Paddy Power

Arsenal go into the weekend’s round of matches with a five point lead over Spurs in the race for third spot. It has been a tremendous turnaround in form from Arsenal from the first half of the season, and with seven wins in their last eight matches, a lot of credit is due to Arsene Wenger. Sure, they have the massive asset of Robin van Persie, and his goals have carried the team, but the team behind him has gotten stronger and stronger over the course of the season. The Gunners have rattled off five wins from their last five home matches in the league, and have kept clean sheets in their two at the Emirates. Better reading than that, the Gunners have kept four clean sheets in their live five Premier League matches home and away. So they are in great form, and with twelve wins, two draws and two defeats at home this season, they are a strong bet. Arsenal have averaged just over two goals per game at home, and their mean defence is only conceding at a rate of 0.75 per game. Arsenal have only failed to score in one home game this season. So, unbeaten in five at home, their last home game producing a win over Manchester City, can Arsenal seal the deal on third spot?

Wigan did their chances of surviving a world of good, when they turned in a wonderful home performance to beat leaders Manchester United last week. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has fervently stuck to his football philosophy, and Wigan’s good passing game has finally started to reap the rewards it deserves. The Latics were unlucky to come away from Stamford Bridge without a point in the match prior to the Man Utd fixture, but that defeat against Chelsea remains their only loss in the last six matches. So Wigan are actually in pretty good form, having lost only two of the last ten. They are fighting for their lives, but they are doing it in style. It has been a tough run in for Wigan, but they are hanging in there, and their form may just get them over the line. But just because they turn up and surprise a very tepid Manchester United, doesn’t mean that they are going to go to the Emirates and grab another three points. They will be heavy underdogs for the match, even though their away form has been decent, with just one loss in their last four away matches, a win away at Anfield coming in that run. Wigan have only won four matches away from home this season, and while another would be timely, they only average a goal per game away from home and have only kept one clean sheet all season on their travels. They are the best footballing side of the relegation candidates, and a point away at Arsenal at this stage would be momentous


Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Odds and Preview – 08.04.12

Arsenal - Theo Walcott

Arsenal v Manchester City betting could prove to be a big Premier League title decider on Sunday, in a negative way for the visitors. City already are five points behind Manchester United heading into the weekend, and boss Roberto Mancini has already conceded this his side won’t be winning the title if they lose at the Emirates. So it is down to the wire now for Man City, but they, and Arsenal have a tremendous amount of goalscoring potential in their sides, and that is why it will be worth heading to Boylesports to take some coverage on your Arsenal v Manchester City First Goalscorer betting. Back a First Goalscorer in the match at Boylesports, and if your bet loses, but your selection scores the second goal of the game, then Boylesports will refund your lost stake on the market. A great bit of insurance to take as it is available, and it should be extra valuable when backing the main protagonists in this match.

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Arsenal v Manchester City Betting Odds
Arsenal: 13/8 at Stan James
Draw: 5/2 at Bet Victor
Manchester City: 9/5 at Bet365

Arsenal have the chance to do their old rivals Manchester United a huge favour on Sunday. Arsene Wenger is able to select from a fully fit squad, and they of course have their own important agenda, of trying to finish third in the table. So this is the big highlight match of the weekend, and a match which could have huge reverberations in settling the top four. Arsenal looked a long way from ever making the top four at the end of January, but a blistering run of seven consecutive wins fired them upwards rapidly, helped along by the failings of Spurs and Chelsea, it has to be said. Still, the Gunners have been going along at a fair old pace, that was until they ran into QPR last weekend at Loftus Road. The Gunners had their win streak brutally snapped by a 2-1 defeat, which has left them level on points with fourth placed Spurs. So this is a massive match for the Gunners, but naturally it pales into comparison of the importance it has for the visitors. Wenger will have a bit of revenge in mind, because twice he has faced City this season and both occasions it ended in a 1-0 loss for the Gunners (once in the league and once in the Carling Cup).

There are some very interesting stats to look at for Arsenal v Manchester City betting. The Citizens haven’t won at Arsenal for 26 matches, yet the Gunners have only managed to score in one of the last six meetings against the Northerners. Since a 2-1 reverse at home against Manchester United, Arsenal have won their last four home games straight, scoring seventeen goals in those four matches and conceding just four. So the Gunners are going to be a formidable opponent for Manchester City and their title hopes. In total, the Gunners have only lost two home games all season, winning eleven of their fifteen fixtures there. While there were questions over the rigidity of the Arsenal defence, the Gunners concede on average less than a goal per game at home. Going forward, they average over two goals per game, and surely Robin van Persie is due a goal. The flying Dutchman has not netted in three matches now.

So what can City produce under pressure? They haven’t been able to cope with the pressure of being expected to win the league title so far, so can they produce a stirring finish? Well, their away record against Arsenal isn’t good, but at least they will be boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero who has missed the last two matches. City have suffered in those last two matches, scraping an away draw at Stoke, and the needing to come back from a 3-1 deficit against Sunderland at home last week. For the first time this season, City dropped points at home in that 3-3 draw, and it left the Citizens with a bit of a resigned air. Dropping four points in two games at this stage of the season, is something you won’t see United doing. Forget all the verbal banter that has been dished out, City have to perform on the pitch and right now, a repeat of their 1-0 league success over the Gunners earlier in the season would suffice. But City have conceded in each of their last four matches, and they have just one away win in their last four, losing two of those. There are not going to be any more chances should they lose this one.


Sunderland v Arsenal FA Cup betting odds, tips & preview – 18.02.12

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)

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Sunderland v Arsenal FA Cup betting odds
Sunderland to win: 2/1 at BetFred
Draw: 12/5 at Bet365
Arsenal to win: 6/4 at Bet Victor

It has been a season of two halves for Sunderland winning just two league games from the start of the season up until the start of December. Since then, Sunderland have rattled off seven wins and have only lost three of their last eleven. So a definite and huge improvement since they got rid of Steve Bruce and brought in Martin O’Neill. One definite big change has been in the defensive set up of the Black Cats, which has markedly improved. Sunderland have conceded just two goals in their last four Premier League matches and are looking a much more cohesive and polished side. So too, their return in front of goal has improved, averaging two goals per game in their last four Premier League matches. This is really without a prolific man up front to take them forward. Frazier Campbell and Stephane Sessegnon are chipping in and helping Sunderland get vital points on the board, but they are still lacking that individual spark. Sunderland will be looking to avenge a bit of harsh luck in last weekend’s Premier League fixture against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light. Arsenal’s Thierry Henry popped up in stoppage time to score a winner for the Gunners, who clawed their way back from falling behind to win 2-1. That was the second time this season the league that Arsenal have triumphed over Sunderland by that score line, so that is a good trend which may be worth looking out for in your Sunderland v Arsenal FA Cup betting. Sunderland have been much better at home lately, having lost just one of their last six home matches, winning four of those too. So, even though they came unstuck last weekend against the Gunners, will it be third time lucky against the London side this season? The Black Cats will be hungry to revenge those dropped points last week, and gave a good enough account of themselves to suggest that they can take this one off shoot out. Sunderland needed a replay against Middlesbrough to get through to face Arsenal here, winning 2-1 in extra time at Boro. That was after a comfortable 2-0 away win over Peterborough in the third round.

How badly will Arsenal be smarting from their Champions League humiliation in Rome? Arsenal were thumped 4-0 by AC Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of their last sixteen tie in the Champions League. Arsenal’s defence in midweek looked slow and really a bit clueless with the smart football that was being played in front of them. It is not as if Arsenal’s defence has been water tight all season really, and they are vulnerable to giving up goal. They have kept just two clean sheets in their last ten Premier League matches so there will be hope for Sunderland in this fixture. Arsenal must be a bit battered and bruised after their Champions League miseries, and they won’t be a fresh as Sunderland will be for this match of course. Does that swing the advantage back into the court of Sunderland? Arsenal have won just one of their last four away matches in the Premier League as well (last weekend’s triumph over Sunderland) and their main man Robin van Persie will need to stand up and be counted for them again, because they really lack firepower from elsewhere, especially now that Thierry Henry has finished his loan spell with the club. Arsenal had to fight off Aston Villa in the fourth round, beating out the Midlands side 3-2 in a great game at the Emirates, a game in which the Gunners were two nil down. In the third round, Arsenal beat Leeds United, also at the Emirates. The Gunners will be favourites in Sunderland v Arsenal FA Cup betting, but will know that a tough match will await them.

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Swansea v Arsenal Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 15.01.12

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The return of Thierry Henry to Arsenal was the big talking point ahead of their FA Cup fixture against Leeds last weekend. It was the talismanic Frenchman who stood up and scored the winning goal of the third round tie, reigniting his passion for the club. That was a big emotional moment for Henry on his return to North London and it will be interesting to see what the Gunners legend can now produce in the Premier League. Henry is only back on loan while the MLS season is closed down and Henry will at least give Arsene Wenger some alternative attacking options up front, as they have been lacking in that area, with no-one offering support to Robin van Persie. Will boss Arsene Wenger go for a dual pronged attack of Henry and Van Persie against Swansea? Arsenal need to muster up a response to their last Premier League outing which was also on the road, as they went down 2-1 at Fulham on January 2nd. The goals have started drying up just a little bit for the Gunners, so the arrival of Henry may give them an extra spark. Arsenal have only scored more than one goal in just one of their last six Premier League matches. A trip to face Swansea is not going to be an easy one, and Arsenal haven’t secured a great record on the road this season. The Gunners have landed just four wins and a draw out of their ten away fixtures this season, and they have conceded a goal in each of their last three games away from the Emirates. Their have conceded a tremendous amount of goals on their travels this season, 22 in total which is an average of 2.20 per game. What has seen them through has been the twenty away goals they have scored, so there is potential for a pretty tight game at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners have only managed just two clean sheets out of ten on the road, and 80% of their away games have, not surprisingly ended over 2.5 goals. The Gunners need the input of Robin van Persie and there is the feeling that a victory will probably just come by a one goal margin. With Arsenal suffering two defeats out of their last three away fixtures, this match is by no means a foregone conclusion. They are still in a scrap for fourth place at the moment, and obviously won’t want to lose any more ground to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool who are sandwiching them.

Swansea are ticking along a nice enough pace, which should see them maintain their Premier League status if they keep up their form. The Swans are now undefeated in their last three matches in the league and go into Swansea v Arsenal betting on the back of a well earned three points away at Aston Villa at the start of the year. It is Swansea’s home record which is still making impressive reading in the league, as they have suffered just one defeat at the Liberty Stadium this season. For Premier League new boys, that is a pretty great stat to look at for the Welsh club’s fans. Swansea have won four, drawn five and lost just that one game at home, and the only side to beat them on their home turf has been Manchester United, who scraped a 1-0 win there. There have been just four goals conceded by Swansea at home, as they are proving to be a pretty tough team to break down, and conceding at just 0.4 goals per game, should give them hope of taking another important point off one of the top teams in the Premier League, just as they did against Spurs during the festive period. The Swans have only netted twelve times themselves in their ten home games at just over 1 goal per game, but with 60% of their home matches ending in clean sheets for them, they will make life difficult for the Gunners. Eighty percent of Swansea’s home games have ended Under 2.5 goals this season, and with their very attractive style of football they will be confident of making use of the fortress Liberty Stadium. There hasn’t been many too goals flowing for the Swans of late, and boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking for his defence to stand tall again. But having failed to score in five of their last ten matches, they will be looking to top scorer Danny Graham to overshadow the Premier League return of Thierry Henry.

Swansea v Arsenal Betting Odds
Swansea to win: 4/1 at Totesport
Draw: 11/4 at BetFred
Arsenal to win: 5/6 at VC Bet

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