ARSENAL face a daunting trip to Stoke on Sunday. Will they emerge with three points Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79)?
Stoke v Arsenal | Sunday 16:15 | Sky Sports 1
Sunday looks sexy eh? Liverpool v Man Utd followed by this brutal, stiff test for Arsenal. Chelsea and Stoke seem to have the Indian Sign (I don’t know what that means either, sorry) over the North London club and it will be fascinating to see if title challengers Arsenal can banish it here.
Time and time again Arsenal have went to Stoke and left badly bruised. They’ve been beaten up, humiliated and kicked out of town with vim and vigour by the Potters.
Since Stoke were promoted to the top-flight in 2008 they’ve met Arsenal eight times and lost just once (2010). Five victories have come in those games with the last two both Potters wins.
If Arsenal are a stronger side this season then surely Stoke are too? Mark Hughes’ men sit seventh in the table just four points off the Champions League spots.
Its three wins out of four for Stoke and an impressive four wins out of five at the Britannia. Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea have all been squashed there this season and this looks a massive test for the Gunners.
While Arsenal have hugely improved their record against the fellow top sides over the last 12 months they’re still prone to some stunning WTF results.
Boxing Day was a brutal day for the club with them losing 4-0 to a woefully out of form Southampton. This came just five days after they beat Manchester City and it remains a scab on their season. Things like that just shouldn’t happen!
Arsenal are odds on across the board and for me that is the wrong price. It’s too short and allows me to get with the value and side with Stoke here.
If the Gunners do win I think it will be a significant marker in their progress this season and push them closer to that much-craved title. For me though, I’m not a believer at odds on. Not at all. I’ll side with Stoke with a half goal start at 19/20 with Netbet.
Stoke v Arsenal – Stoke +0.5 (19/20 Netbet)
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