Arsenal took two big wins over BATE in last season’s Europa League groups stage. The English Premier League side are red-hot favourites to progress through as the two meet up again, this time in the round of 32 knockouts. Read our BATE v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.)
BATE who are the Belarusian champions, were up against English opposition in his season’s group stage. They faced Chelsea there and lost both encounters against the Blues 1-0. It didn’t look as if they were going to get out of the group at all really, but they pulled out back to back wins at the end to squeeze through. That was their fourth group stage campaign in the Europa League. This is their appearance in the round of 32. They were on a five-match winless streak at home in Europe before a 2-0 win over Vidi on matchday five. Overall BATE are W6 D5 L7 at home in the Europa League (including qualification). They have lost all six previous games against English opponents, four of them by a one-goal margin.
Arsenal breezed through their group stage, winning five of their six games (D1). They met BATE in the group stage of last season’s campaign and earned a 4-2 way win and then a 6-0 victory back in North London. In the round of 32 in last season’s campaign, Arsenal met Swedish debutants Ostersund, Arsenal’s first ever game at that stage of the competition. The Gunners won the away leg, but slipped to a loss back at home, still getting through on aggregate. Arsenal’s overall record in the Europa League is W7 D1 L2 with a total of 19 goals scored and just the six against them. They took a clean sheet in five of their six group stage games.
Will Arsenal go full strength for this? Probably not and that could mean this ends up being one of those low-key away affairs for them. The best option we can size up is the Arsenal to win to nil at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 11th, 2019 at 11:18 p.m.).
12th February 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Huddersfield suffered of their 18th defeat of the season last weekend as they were blown away by Chelsea. They face another of the big six this weekend as Arsenal come for a visit. The Gunners will be looking to pick themselves up after losing against Manchester City last Sunday. Read our Huddersfield v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 5th, 2019 at 11:38 p.m.)
14 points from safety. That is the gap which Huddersfield have to try and make up their final 13 games of the league season. They suffered a 5-0 loss at Chelsea last weekend, which was their third straight Premier League defeat. The Terriers have now earned just one point from their last 12 EPL fixtures. There has been just one home success for them this season (D2 L10) and they have suffered six consecutive defeats on home soil. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last seven league home fixtures.
It is just miserable reading where we look for Huddersfield. They have scored only the five goals in their 13 home games this season. Just 38% of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. Huddersfield have produced a total of one single goal in their last six league matches, home and away combined. Four of the five home goals that they have scored this season have been in the first half of matches. If they pull themselves out of this mess it will be one of the greatest escapes ever.
Arsenal earned a 1-0 home win over Huddersfield back in December
Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak against Huddersfield in all competitions
Three of Arsenal’s last four wins over the Terriers have been by a one-goal margin only
Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their three previous EPL games against Arsenal
Arsenal’s makeshift back line had a tough time of things in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend. They continued their Jekyll & Hyde season. They have been brilliant at home, less so on the road. Arsenal are on a three-match losing streak on their travels, with defeats against Liverpool, West Ham and Man City in that sequence. Overall this season Arsenal’s away record reads W4 D3 L5 and they have earned only two points from their last 18 available away from the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are yet to earn a clean sheet on their travels in the top flight this season. In total, they have conceded 25 goals, which is just over an average of two per game. But they have scored very well too with 23 goals in 12 road fixtures. 83% of the away games Arsenal have been involved in have ended up over 2.5 goals. Both teams have scored in 92% of Arsenal’s away games. Three of Arsenal’s for away wins this season have been by a one-goal margin only. The Gunners have been drawing at half-time in eight of their 12 road fixtures (L4).
It is hard to see Huddersfield’s fortunes changing in this one. Arsenal have been poor on the road though, but still, even with that they should have the goals to beat the Terriers. Arsenal to win by a two-goal margin.
7th February 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the headline feature of the Premier League weekend as Manchester City look to try and recover from having suffered a midweek upset against Newcastle. While their title defence seems to be in big jeopardy, all they can focus on is beating Arsenal on the weekend. The Gunners continue to thrive at home but remain very shaky on their travels. Read our Manchester City v Arsenal betting tips for more.
Man City 1/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 29th, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
The title hopes of Manchester City took a big hit in midweek. After opening the scoring within the first minute at St James Park against Newcastle, the Citizens ended up losing 2-1. That was a major setback as they had been in tremendous form prior to that, winning four matches in a row. But they do get back to home soil on the weekend where they have a W11 L1 record this season.
The only team to have survived a visit there is Crystal Palace who took a victory back in December. City have won their last two home games, beating Liverpool and Wolves. Manchester City have averaged 3.3 goals per home game this season and 58% of league fixtures at the Etihad had have ended over 3.5 goals. Only one of City’s home fixtures have failed to make it over 2.5 goals.
The total they have taken a clean sheet in 33% of their home games, having given up 10 goals in their 12 home fixtures. Manchester City have scored at least two goals in each and every home game played in the Premier League this season. Each of their last eight on home soil have ended over 2.5 goals.
Their 12 home games so far, Manchester City have been winning at the halftime break in nine of those. Manchester City have not conceded a home goal this season inside the final 15 mins of a match. They have also opened the scoring in all of their home games. Can they come up with a big response to that midweek setback?
Manchester City were 2-0 winners over Arsenal earlier this season
The Citizens are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions against Arsenal
City have scored at least two goals in their last four against the Gunners
The Gunners are winless in three at the Etihad (D1 L2)
Arsenal continued their strong home form for the season with a 2-1 victory over Cardiff on Tuesday night. It took a spot kick from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to open the scoring for them in the second half. They almost got a clean sheet but conceded in the 90th minute. Still, the victory took them to their sixth home win on the bounce.
Away from home things haven’t been going quite as well for the Gunners. Arsenal are currently on a five-match winless streak away from home in the top flight, losing three of those games. 82% of Arsenal’s away games this season have ended up over 2.5 goals, with 64% making it to at least four goals.
Arsenal have conceded an average of exactly 2 goals per away game this season, which is incidentally the same rate at which they have scored. Their overall away record stands at a relatively poor W4 D3 L4 record and they have not managed an away clean sheet this season.
In eight of their 11 away games this term Arsenal have been level at the halftime break. Five of those eight half-time draws have been a 1-1 scoreline. The surprising thing about that though is Arsenal have conceded 64% of their away goals in the first half of matches. Arsenal have opened the scoring in seven of their 11 away games this season.
Over 3.5 goals at 10/11
Manchester City to win & both teams to score at 6/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 29th, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
The defensive frailties that the Gunners do have, coupled with some dodgy away form lately is likely to see them leave the Etihad empty-handed. But the Gunners may be able to get at the City defence here and there so Man City to win & both teams to score is our prediction.
31st January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
After being dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United, Arsenal’s shot at domestic silverware has pretty much passed them by for this season. It does mean that they can fully focus on trying to get themselves a top-four finish in the EPL this season. Cardiff dropped into the relegation zone last time out and have a difficult away game their hands on Tuesday. Read our Arsenal v Cardiff betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 25th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
The Gunners took a 2-0 home win over Chelsea in their last League outing. That continued their great run of home form. Overall this season the Gunners are a W9 D2 L1 for the season at home. They are currently running on a five-match home streak of wins in the Premier League as well. They have scored at least two goals in all but one of the games in that sequence. Arsenal have produced 26 goals at home this season, conceding just the ten. They have taken a clean sheet in 33% of their home fixtures.
The Gunners have scored in each of their last eleven home games in the top flight. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last three there. Of the goals which they have produced at home, 73% of them have been in the second half of matches. Arsenal have opened the scoring in seven of their twelve home games this season, but have only been leading at half time on three occasions. Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two sides who have produced better Premier League home records this season.
Arsenal took a 3-2 win on their trip to Cardiff earlier this season
Arsenal are on a four-match winning streak against the Bluebirds
Cardiff have failed to score in four of their last five games against the Gunners
The Bluebirds have lost each of their last six visits to Arsenal in all competitions
Cardiff dropped back down into the bottom three after losing their last Premier League match 3-0 at Newcastle. So the Welsh club are starting to slide and have only taken the one victory in their last seven League games (D2 L4). They haven’t produced very well on their top-flight travels at all this season as their away record is W1 D2 L8. They have only managed to come up with the six away goals as well in their away games. Cardiff have failed to score in two of their last three away fixtures.
In total, they have taken only two clean sheets away from home this term, while they have conceded very close to an average of two goals per road game. The Bluebirds have yet to be leading at half time in an away game (D5 L6). They have shipped two-thirds of their 21 away goals in the second half of fixtures. Just twice have they opened the scoring on their travels as well this term. Fulham are the only side to have earned fewer away points than Cardiff and the only side to have conceded more goals than them.
Arsenal have been through some ups and downs lately but they should be able to secure the maximum points in this one. Backing the Gunners to win to nil is a good proposition, even with their growing injury list.
28th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is the highest profile match of the fourth round of the FA Cup which gets a Friday night billing. This has the potential of being a tremendous FA Cup tie with Arsenal carrying some fantastic home form behind them, but now they face Manchester United side who are on a hot winning streak. Read our Arsenal v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
The overall view of Arsenal’s current form is one of inconsistency. However, if you only focus on what they have been producing at home, then things look pretty good for them. Arsenal have won six of their last seven home fixtures across all competitions. Three of those six victories were with a clean sheet as well. The only game in that sequence which they did not win was against Spurs in the EFL cup. Arsenal were not have full strength for that game.
In their last three home games, Arsenal have tallied nine goals and that includes their important to nil home win over Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend. Arsenal took a 3-0 away victory at Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup. They have already met with Manchester United once this season, playing out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. That meeting was just back at the start of December with Arsenal twice taking the lead in the game.
Key-Facts – Arsenal v Manchester United
The Red Devils have new confidence and momentum behind them and they have won two of their last three meetings with Arsenal (D1). However, Manchester United have been defeated in two of their last three visits to the Emirates Stadium. The Red Devils failed to score in two of those three games. The last FA Cup tie between these two was in 2015 and Manchester United suffered defeat at home in that one. However United are in great form at the moment as they have put together a seven-match winning streak in all competitions.
While there have been a couple of occasions, like last weekend against Brighton, that Manchester United have had to grind out results, they have found ways to get it done. United have conceded only one goal in their last four games and are on a three-match winning streak away from Old Trafford. Granted those are the only three wins in their last seven away games. Manchester United have taken back-to-back clean sheets away from home, the only two that they have earned in their last 11 road games.
The Red Devils have a big winning streak of form going, but all good things come to an end at some point. Arsenal have the attacking power and home form behind them to really pose a threat here and the home win does have appeal at 7/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 23rd, 2109 at 3:23 p.m.)
24th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
This is a huge London derby clash and it is one of high importance as well. Chelsea are holding down fourth place with a six-point lead over the Gunners who are directly beneath them. Can the Blues strengthen their spot in the top four, or can the unpredictable Arsenal haul themselves back into the race? Read our Arsenal v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 14th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 away loss at West Ham last weekend
While their away form is poor they are on a four-match winning streak at home
The North London club are undefeated in the last ten home games
The Gunners have scored over two goals per game on average at home in the top flight this season
Less than half of the games at the Emirates have gone over 2.5 goals
The Gunners have conceded an average of 0.9 goals per home game this season
They have earned a clean sheet in three of their home fixtures
Overall this season on home soil in the top flight Arsenal are W8 D2 L1
In three home matches against current top three sides, they are W1 D1 L1, the win coming against Spurs
Six of their eight home wins this season have been by a two-goal margin
Only twice though have they been winning at the halftime break at the Emirates
Arsenal are on a ten-match scoring streak at home
Overall home and away they don’t have a clean sheet in six games now
Arsenal have scored 10 and conceded 0 goals in the final fifteen minutes of home matches this term
The Blues earned a 3-2 home win over Arsenal earlier this season
The Blues are unbeaten in four EPL games against the Gunners (W2 D2)
Arsenal are undefeated in two at home against the Blues in the League (W1 D1)
Four of the last five league meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Blues earned a 2-1 home win over Newcastle last weekend in the top flight
That leaves them on a four-match undefeated streak of form (W3 D1)
They have lost just one of their last seven league games now (W5 D1 L1)
Their overall away record is pretty strong at W7 D1 L2 this season
Chelsea have only been away at one current top-five sides, losing 3-1 at Spurs
The Blues are currently on a three-match winning streak away from home, all by a one-goal margin
Chelsea have scored 19 and have conceded 8 away goals this season
They have picked up a clean sheet in five of their ten on the road
The Blues only have one clean sheet in their last five away games though
80% of Chelsea’s road games in the EPL this season have ended over 2.5 goals
Just once this season have Chelsea been losing at half time on their travels
They are currently on a seven-match scoring streak away from the Bridge
Chelsea have opened the scoring in eight of their ten road games
Only Spurs and Liverpool have better away records than the Blues have
The Blues have the joint second-best defensive record in the league
Chelsea have been churning out results but they haven’t played all that well really. We are going to predict Arsenal to be fully fired up for this derby match and have enough about them in the goalscoring department to edge their rivals. Home win.
17th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Hammers have managed only the one win in their last four games so they have just gone off the boil a little bit. Next up for them is a London derby at home against Arsenal. The Gunners rediscovered their winning touch at the start of the new year and need more points to push towards the top four. Read our West Ham v Arsenal betting tips for more.
West Ham 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 10:41 p.m.)
The Hammers played out a 2-2 draw with Brighton to start the new year
The Irons are W4 D1 L2 in their last eight but have won one of their last four
Their home form for the season is W4 D2 L5
In their five games this season against sides currently in the top five, West Ham are D1 L4
West Ham have averaged 1.45 goals per home game this season
55% of their EPL home games this term have gone over 3.5 goals
They have managed just the one clean sheet on home soil this season
In none of their last eight home games have they taken a clean sheet
Both teams have scored in 55% of West Ham’s home league fixtures
The Hammers have scored at least two goals in six of their last eight games
Three of their four home wins have been by a two-goal margin
Just twice this season have West Ham been leading at half time at home
12 of their 16 home goals have been scored in the second period of games
Arsenal took a 3-1 win at home against West Ham earlier this season
The Gunners are undefeated in seven against the Irons in all competitions
Five of the last six EPL meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
West Ham have drawn two of their last three at home against Arsenal (L1)
Arsenal bagged themselves a 4-1 home win over Fulham on New Year’s Day
That leaves them at W2 D1 L2 in their last five EPL games
Away from home this season Arsenal have just the four wins (D3 L3)
They have recorded an average of 2.2 goals per away games
50% of their road games this term have gone over 4.5 goals
A large part of that is that they haven’t earned an away clean sheet yet
Both teams have scored in 100% of Arsenal’s away fixtures
Arsenal are currently winless in four away from home (D2 L2)
Three of their four away wins have been by a one-goal margin
Arsenal are on a 20 match scoring streak in the top flight
They are without a clean sheet in any of their last five (home and away)
In no away game this season have Arsenal been leading at the half time break (D7 L3)
There are defensive vulnerabilities with both, but the Gunners do have a little more quality about them in getting forward. That could see them go and grab the victory out on the road in this one, which does have the look of being a high-scoring game. Away win.
9th January 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup was made on Monday, January 7th. The draw followed yet another third-round upset as Wolves took out one of the title favourites Liverpool at Molineux.
Man City 7/2
Man Utd 8/1
West Ham 14/1
Crystal Palace 50/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 10:21 pm)
The third round was a cracker with the only non-league side surviving being Barnet who shocked Championship side Sheffield United. Oldham meanwhile won away at Premier League side Fulham and Newport, from the fourth tier took out a Premier League opponent also in the form of Leicester.
Coming out of the hat as the big attraction in the fourth round draw of the FA Cup is Arsenal v Manchester United. Outright favourites Manchester City also face Premier League opposition in Burnley.
Swansea v Gillingham
Wimbledon v West Ham
Shrewsbury or Stoke v Wolves
Millwall v Everton
Brighton v West Brom
Bristol City v Bolton
Accrington v Derby or Southampton
Doncaster v Oldham
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Luton
Newcastle or Blackburn v Watford
Middlesbrough v Newport
Manchester City v Burnley
Barnet v Brentford
Portsmouth v QPR
Arsenal v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
7th January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Last season Arsenal faced a lower-ranked team in the third round of the FA Cup and were surprisingly knocked out. They go up to the north-west on the weekend to take on the Seasiders in this season’s FA Cup opener. This is a tremendous occasion for the Seasiders who are massive underdogs on home soil. Read our Blackpool v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Tough tie for Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup however they have the chance to just enjoy this. They are massive underdogs and it is going to be all about whether or not they can come up with something special. What that special could be is getting on the scoresheet as they have been struggling to hit the back of the net recently. Blackpool have failed to score in three of their last four games played as well. If you extend their form a little further back then they have only scored in three of their last nine. Because of the lack of goals their form isn’t great. They have one win in their last nine and they are W2 D1 L2 in their last five at Bloomfield Road. They opened their FA Cup campaign with 3-2 win at Exeter, before needing a replay back at home to see off non-league Solihull Moors but the same scoreline
Arsenal suffered a blip in the third round of last season’s FA Cup. They went down at home against Nottingham Forest. The current form of the Gunners is just a little patchy now as they have picked up a W2 D1 L3 record in their last five games. Their away form is just totally unsteady at the moment with a four-match winless run going on the road (D2 L2). They have plenty to offer getting forward but they continue to look a little stressed out at the back. They have only the one clean sheet in their last seven away games. But this should be an easier game for their defence you would imagine. These two have already met this season with Arsenal taking a 2-1 home win in the EFL Cup. The Gunners are on a four-match winning streak over Blackpool and they have not lost any of their last nine against the Seasiders.
It should be an Arsenal victory at the end of the day but there isn’t too much value in the match outright at all. So Arsenal to win to nil is at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 9:05 pm) to back Arsenal’s defence holding firm against the Seasiders.
3rd January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Gunners were taught a tough less at Anfield on the weekend as they were destroyed by leaders Liverpool. That lesson was that there is a lot more work for them to do in order to try and land a top-four finish. A last-gasp winner for Fulham on the weekend saw them edge a little bit closer to safety. Read our Arsenal v Fulham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 2:58 p.m.)
The Gunners were beaten heavily 5-1 at Anfield by Liverpool on the weekend
That leaves Arsenal with a W1 D1 L2 record in their last four games
Arsenal have a home record of W7 D2 L1 this season
They are currently on a three-match winnings streak on home soil in the top flight
The Gunners have averaged two goals per home games this season
They have conceded an average of under a goal per home league game
The Londoners have three clean sheets to their name at home
Arsenal have been level at halftime in six of their ten league home games
They are on a nine-match scoring streak on home soil in the EPL
They have scored in each of their last 19 home and away in league action
They haven’t managed to shut out an opponent in any of their last four
The Gunners have produced 80% of their home goals in the second period of matches
Only Man City and Liverpool have better EPL home records this season than Arsenal
On three teams have scored more goals than Arsenal have managed
Arsenal won 5-1 at Craven Cottage earlier this season
The Gunners are on a four-match winning streak in the EPL against Fulham
Fulham are winless in six against Arsenal (D1 L5)
Four of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
After missing a penalty, Fulham managed to come up with a dramatic late winner at home against Huddersfield on the weekend
That is a three-match undefeated streak now from Claudio Ranieri’s men (W1 D2)
The Cottagers are now just the one point from safety
In their last away game, they took a 0-0 draw at Newcastle
That was just their second away point of the season (D2 L8)
In total, they have only come up with the six goals on their travels this season
They have conceded an average of 2.4 goals per away game though
The 0-0 draw at Newcastle was Fulham’s first clean sheet of the term
They now have two clean sheets in their last three
The Cttagers have been trailing at the break in six of their ten away games
Each of their last four league games now have stayed under 2.5 goals
They have conceded the opening goal in seven of their ten away games
No team has conceded more league goals than Fulham this season
Fulham have the worst away record in this season’s top flight
Arsenal should get back to winning ways here. Fulham have done well recently to boost their survival hopes, but their defence is likely to have trouble in keeping Arsenal’s attack quiet all afternoon. Home win & over 2.5 goals.
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting