Wolves played out a point against Brighton on the weekend which will have been a little bit of a disappointing return from them in their race for a top seven finish. Arsenal were hit on home soil though on Sunday as Crystal Palace rattled off a 3-2 victory over them. That was the last thing that the Gunners needed in their push for a top-four finish. Read our Wolves v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 22nd, 2019 at 3:04 p.m.)
A 0-0 draw at home against Brighton was all that Wolves could manage on the weekend. That leaves them with only the one victory in their last five top-flight fixtures. So they are just a little bit of pace at the moment. There are still in with a good shot at a top seven finish though but will need to make the most of home advantage in fixtures like this. The overall home record of Wolves this season in the Premier League reads W8 D4 L5 and they are undefeated in their last six on home soil. In their five home games played against others from the big six this season, Wolves are W2 D1 L2.
Wolves have scored at least two goals in four of their last six on home soil and they are averaging 1.4 goals per game this season. Only 35% of fixtures at Molineux this term have made it over 2.5 goals. Playing a part in that is the very solid defence of Wolves which has taken a clean sheet in 35% of home games. Wolves have been level at the halftime break in nine of their home games this season. 71% of the goals that they have scored on home soil in the top flight this season have been in the second half of fixtures.
Wolves took a 1-1 draw from their trip to the Emirates in November
Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 games against Wolves
Wolves have lost all four previous EPL home games against Arsenal
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
Arsenal have setback on the weekend as they lost 2-3 at home against Crystal Palace. Considering that their home form had been so strong that was a bit of an upset. Even more upsetting really is that their home form has been keeping their chances of a top-four finish alive because the Gunners have been poor on the road this season. Arsenal are just W6 D4 L6 away from home this season in the top flight. Arsenal have lost three of their six away games played during 2019 (W2 D1) so it hasn’t been overly convincing stuff from them.
They did win their last away game though, a 1-0 success at Watford. That win against their 10 men of the Hornets, saw Arsenal claim their first away clean sheet of the season. Arsenal have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season, which is roughly the same amount at which they have conceded at. 69% of Arsenal’s away games this season have gone over 2.5 goals. Both teams have scored in 81% of Arsenal’s road games this season. Of the six away wins that Arsenal have recorded this season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin. Arsenal have opened the scoring in 10 of their away fixtures this season.
Arsenal have been good on the road this season in particular, while Wolves are on a good undefeated streak of home form. The home side may have enough to keep the visitors at they and a share of the spoils looks a good fit. Draw.
22nd April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal managed to put some poor league away form behind them with a win at Watford last weekend. That wasn’t a convincing victory though. But the Gunners have had a fantastic season on home soil in the top flight and will be looking for more points as they push for a top-four finish. Crystal Palace could find themselves mathematically safe after this weekend’s action. Read our Arsenal v Crystal Palace betting tips for more.
Crystal Palace 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 11:57 p.m.)
Arsenal managed to dig out a 1-0 victory away at Watford last weekend, despite the Hornets being reduced to 10 men early in the game. Arsenal still looked second-best throughout the fixture. It has not been a good season away from home for them but their home form can’t be faulted. Arsenal are at W14 D2 L1 this season at home in the top flight. They are currently on a tremendous 10 match winning streak in the EPL at the Emirates. The Gunners have scored in each of their last 16 league games on home soil.
Arsenal have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight home fixtures. Overall they have averaged 2.3 goals per home fixtures this season, but they have also been strong defensively. Only 41% of league games at the Emirates have gone over 2.5 goals this season. That is because Arsenal have only conceded 12 home goals this season at an average of 0.7 per game. Of their 14 home victories recorded, 12 of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. The Gunners have scored 67% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures and they have also opened the scoring in 12 of their 17 home games. Manchester city in Liverpool are the only teams in the league to have scored more goals than Arsenal this season.
There was a 2-2 draw between these teams earlier this season
Arsenal are undefeated in their last three Premier League games against Palace
Crystal Palace are winless in their last seven league visits to Arsenal
Each of the last three meetings have gone over 3.5 goals
Crystal Palace suffered a 3-1 home reverse against Manchester City last weekend. That leaves them having alternated between a win and a loss in each of their last eight league fixtures. The good news for them is that if the streak continues they will be picking up a victory in this game. Away from home Crystal Palace hold a W7 D2 L8 record this season and that is better than what they have managed on home soil. Crystal Palace may well be a threat in this game because they have won three of their last four away games (L1).
Looking back further they have won five of their last eight away fixtures in the Premier League (D1 L3) which has been very good and enough to get them away from relegation troubles. The Eagles have taken a clean sheet in 29% of their away games, and they have both scored and conceded 26 goals on their travels this season. Palace have only managed the one clean sheet in their last six away from Selhurst Park. The Eagles do have a good half time away record of W8 D6 L3. They have scored 65% of their away goals in the second period of fixtures and have conceded 77% of their away goals after the halftime break.
Crystal Palace have put together some nice away form this season however it doesn’t match up to what Arsenal have produced at the Emirates. There may well be goals at both ends in this one but Arsenal can still take the victory.
19th April 2019 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Arsenal got themselves a good advantage in the first leg of this tie on home soil. They will take a 2-0 lead over to Naples with them. Napoli were really disappointing in that first leg, but the Italians are likely to come out a little bit stronger on home soil. Can the Gunners close it out? Read our Napoli v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 5:02 p.m.)
Napoli need to call on their strong European home form to try and turn this time around. The Partenopei are in the tournament because of finishing third in their Champions League group stage this season behind PSG and Liverpool. They started the Europa League with an easy 5-1 aggregate win over Zurich, before getting the better of RB Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate in the last round. This is their second appearance in the quarterfinals of the competition. Napoli have won five of their seven home fixtures against Premier League opposition (D1 L1), which includes a win over Liverpool this season.
Their previous quarter-final ended in a 6-3 aggregate success over Wolfsburg in the 2014/15 season. Napoli are undefeated at home in Europe this season, winning four of five matches played on home soil. They have given up just the two goals in that sequence of games as well. Their home record in the knockout phase of the Europa League is W5 D5 L2. Napoli have won only three of the 12 UEFA competition ties in which they have lost the first leg away. They have lost just one home game all season across all competitions, that being a league game against Juventus.
Arsenal have a good 2-0 lead to defend then as they head to Naples. Last season Arsenal made it all the way through to the semi-finals after beating CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate. After only dropping two points in the group stage, Arsenal lost the first leg of both of their ties against BATE and Rennes in the round of 32 and round of 16 respectively, before turning things around on home soil. So how will they fare now that they have to go and defend a lead away from home? This is just their second meeting with Napoli following a pairing in the 2013/14 Champions League group stage.
The two traded 2-0 home wins on that occasion, so that’s been the scoreline in all three meetings so far. Arsenal have a W6 D4 L6 record in Italy, winning five of their last nine trips there. Last season they had to visit AC Milan in the round of sixteen, the Gunners producing a 2-0 success at the San Siro. The Gunners have won both of their previous European quarter-finals against Serie A opposition without conceding a goal. Arsenal have totalled six clean sheets in this season’s Europa League. Their overall away record in two UEFA Europa League campaigns is now W7 D1 L4. Arsenal have progressed in 16 of the 18 previous occasions of winning the first leg at home in UEFA competition.
It’s a good advantage that Arsenal have, but we expect Napoli to fight back in this tie. So much so that backing them in the match outright looks a solid proposition. Napoli to win at 4/5 in the match outright fits the bill nicely* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 13th, 2019 at 5:02 p.m.)
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
This should be an interesting game at Vicarage Road on Monday night. Watford are on a great streak of home form at the moment and are aiming for a top seven finish. Arsenal’s ambitions of a top-four finish hit a bump last time out in the league, their poor away form coming back to haunt them. Read our Watford v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 12th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
The Hornets have an FA Cup final to look forward too and they have a shot at a top seven finish in the league this season. Watford are on a three-match winning streak at home in the Premier League, going undefeated in their last five there. Each of their last six defeats in the league have been against one of the so-called big six. They have pretty much handle themselves against everyone else though. Their overall record at Vicarage Road this season is W8 D2 L5 where they have averaged 1.5 goals per game. 73% of Watford’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
While they have struggled against the better sides in the division, they did take the home win over Tottenham this season. Of their eight home victories, five of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Watford have no clean sheet in any of their last six played in the top flight, home and away. Each of those six have ended up going over 2.5 goals. Just four times this season have Watford been leading at half-time in a home fixture. The Hornets have scored 70% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures.
Arsenal were 2-0 winners at home over Watford in September
Things are even at two wins each in the last four EPL meetings
Watford won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season
11 of the last 12 meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss at Everton in their last Premier League game which snapped a six-match undefeated streak of form that they were on. The Gunners have been having a terrible time of things away from home this season with just the one victory recorded in their last nine out on the road. Still their wait for a clean sheet away from home continues this season with none on the board so far. The overall away record of Arsenal is pretty poor at W5 D4 L6. They have not won an away game against any side currently sitting in the top half of the table losing four of six such fixtures.
Arsenal have been really slack at the back averaging 1.8 goals per game against them away from home this season. 73% of all of Arsenal’s away games have made it over 2.5 goals. Four of Arsenal’s five away wins this season have been by the one-goal margin only and for their six away defeats have been by just the one goal margin too. The Gunners have conceded 61% of their away goals in the first period of matches, but despite that, they have opened the scoring in nine of their 15 road fixtures. Only Manchester City in Liverpool have scored more league goals than Arsenal have done this season and they average 1.7 goals per away game.
It is not often that Arsenal have looked particularly comfortable on the road this season and will be nervous for this one. Watford are in great nick at Vicarage Road at the moment and have enough about them to go and get a revenge victory on the board. Home win.
13th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
This is certainly one of the tougher draws that Arsenal could have gotten. The home advantage in this first leg is going to be all important for them. Can they build up a nice cushion to defend in Naples? The Gunners have lost the first leg of their two knockout ties this season. WIll that open the door for Napoli? Read our Arsenal v Napoli betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Arsenal had an easy time of things in the group stage of this season’s Europa League. But they have lost their two first-leg matches in the knockout phase so far, defeats against BATE and Rennes. But as a positive, the Gunners showed some character to turn those ties around. Can they pick up a comfortable home result here against a much tougher opponent? This is just the second ever meeting between Arsenal and Napoli after they were paired up in 2013/14 Champions League. The two traded 2-0 home wins on that occasion. Arsenal have a home record of W8 D3 L1 from two Europa League campaigns.
The Gunners have a home record of W10 D4 L2 against Italian opposition in their history which is great. They have won all but one of their last seven home games against Italian opponents as well, drawing the other game in that sequence. The Gunners have shipped only the one goal in their last seven home fixtures against Italian visitors too. Arsenal have won their two previous quarter-finals in Europe against Italian teams. Last season they faced AC Milan in the round of sixteen and won 5-1 on aggregate (3-1 in North London).
Napoli have been up against English opposition already this season as they faced Liverpool in the group stage. The Italians took a home win against the Reds and then fell at Anfield in December. That loss in England leaves them with a D2 L5 record in seven trips to the country. Napoli have also lost their two previous two-legged ties against Premier League sides both ended in defeat, which was against Swansea in the 2013/14 Europa League following a defeat against Chelsea in the 2011/12 Champions League round of sixteen.
They could only manage a third-place finish behind PSG and Liverpool in the group stage of the Champions League, dropping down to the knockout phase of the Europa. They started off with a 5-1 aggregate win over Zurich, before edging Salzburg 4-3 on aggregate in the round of sixteen. Napoli won their one previous Europa League quarter-final tie, which was against Wolfsburg in 2014/15. They have not carried great form away from home in Europe as they are W2 D2 L5 in their last nine away games. They are W4 D2 L6 away from home in games in the knockout stage of the Europa League.
Arsenal need to get a leg up in this tie and they can get at the Italians. Arsenal are a pretty positive side on home soil and have been carrying good form there all season. The home win isn’t a bad fit for this one at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
9th April 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
The Toffees have put back to back league wins together after picking up a good away win at West Ham on the weekend. It’s back to home soil for a big challenge on Sunday though as they play host to Arsenal. The Gunners moved up to third with a win over Newcastle last Monday. Read our Everton v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 2nd, 2019 at 11:33 p.m.)
Everton beat West Ham 2-0 on the weekend to make it back to back league successes for them. They have improved to a W3 D1 L1 record now in their last five outings. Their home record stands at W7 D4 L5 this easy and they scored a fantastic 2-0 home win over Chelsea in their last home fixture. That is, however, their only home win this season against a side in the top half of the table. In such games, Everton are W1 D2 L4 this season. The Toffees have produced an average of 1.4 goals per home game, with less than half of their home fixtures going over 2.5 goals.
They have banked a clean sheet in 38% of home games and their defence has improved drastically since the end of February. They have four clean sheets in their last five at the moment. If you look back, each to their last five league wins, home and away have all been with a clean sheet. Can they do enough to keep Arsenal at arm’s length? Only two of their seven home wins have been by a one-goal margin. Everton have been level at half time in 10 of their 16 home games. The Toffees have scored 61% of their home goals after the half time break.
Arsenal were 2-0 home winners over Everton in September
The Gunners won 5-2 on their last visit to Goodison Park
Everton are winless in four against the Gunners
Arsenal have scored at least goals in each of their last four against Everton
The Gunners earned a solid 2-0 home win over Newcastle last Monday. That leaves them with five wins in their last six games (D1) and they have some important momentum behind them now in the race for a top-four finish. The Gunners though have only won five away games this season (D4 L5) so have had their issues on the road. In their last away game, they picked up a good point against rivals Spurs. But it left them with only one win in their last eight away games (D3 L4). That lone win in that sequence was against Huddersfield.
The Gunners have scored 26 goals away from home at an average of 1.86 per game. 79% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals this season. Arsenal are still on the hunt for their first away clean sheet of the season. More than half of their away games have gone over 3.5 goals. Four of Arsenal’s five away wins have been by a one-goal margin only. Just twice have they been leading at half time away from home. That is despite them having opened the scoring in 9 of 14 away games. Home and away, Arsenal are on a nine-match scoring streak in the league. Only Man City and Liverpool have scored more league goals than Arsenal this season.
There is far more at stake for Arsenal here and despite their poor away form this season, they should have the bit between their teeth. Everton have improved recently, but their defence is going to come under pressure in this one. Away win.
5th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners got a great lift in their hopes of a top-four finish as they defeated Manchester United in their last league outing. That continued a strong showing of form from them. They will be on the hunt for another good three points as they welcome Newcastle to North London on Monday evening. Read our Arsenal v Newcastle betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 24th, 2019 at 10:14 p.m.)
The Gunners collected a good 2-0 home success over Manchester United in their last league fixture. That moved them on to a five-match undefeated streak of league form, with a win in four of those. Their home form has been highly impressive as they are on a nine-match winning streak at the Emirates in the top flight. Overall the Gunners are W13 D2 L1 on home soil in the top flight this season. Arsenal have been consistent in front of goal, with at least two goals scored in each of their last seven home league fixtures. They have scored 68% of their home goals in the second half of matches.
Arsenal have scored in each and every league home game and they have been so defensively strong too. They have only conceded an average of 0.75 goals per home game. So even with their good scoring form, less than half of games at the Emirates have made it above 2.5 goals. Three of their last five home wins have been by a 2-0 scoreline. Arsenal have picked up a two-goal margin win in 9 of their 13 victories. The Gunners have opened the scoring in 11 of their 16 home fixtures.
Arsenal were 2-1 winners at St James’ Park in September
The Gunners are on a six-match winning straight at home in the EPL against Newcastle
Each of Arsenal’s last five wins over Newcastle have been by a one-goal margin
The last two between these in North London ended in a 1-0 home win
Newcastle have done well over the second half of the season to keep the relegation zone at a somewhat comfortable distance. The Magpies have won three of their last five games (D1 L1) however each of the wins in that sequence were on home soil. Newcastle’s away form for the season doesn’t make for pretty reading really. They have only won twice on their travels (D7 L6). Newcastle have lost all five of their away games played against sides currently sat in the top six.
Scoring goals has been a problem for Newcastle away from home because they do take a cautious approach to things. The Magpies have failed to score in two of their last four-way from St James’ Park. 75% of the goals which they have come up with away from home have been scored in the first period of fixtures. Just 40% of their road games have gone over 2.5 goals as Newcastle have taken a clean sheet in 27% of their road fixtures. Newcastle have no clean sheet in seven road games. They have been level at half time in 9 of 15 away fixtures.
All the stats really point to a home win in this one. Arsenal are so strong on home soil and are scoring so consistently. It’s likely that they will have too much for a Newcastle side who have only won twice on their travels. Arsenal to win to nil.
30th March 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Gunners have to mount a big fight back in this tie after collapsing to a 3-1 defeat out in France in the first leg. For Rennes, this will be just their second ever visit to England, but survive this one and it will continue their best ever run in UEFA competition. Read our Arsenal v Rennes betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 12th, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.)
So the Gunners have plenty of work to do. The Gunners cruised through the group stage of this competition but they had to come back in the last round after losing the first leg away from home. That was against Bate, Arsenal winning 3-0 back at the Emirates after a 1-0 away defeat. Arsenal have won only three of the 13 UEFA competition ties in which they were defeated away in the first leg, one of those happening against BATE.
The Gunners need the minimum of a 2-0 scoreline in this tie against Rennes. Alex Iwobi had put Arsenal ahead early in the first leg. But the telling point was a red card before half time for Sokratis Papastathopoulos. This will be Arsenal’s 26 game against French opposition and their 13th on home soil.
Arsenal have won only five of their previous 12 home games against French opposition, losing three. The last time they hosted a French side they played out a 2-2 draw against PSG in the 2016/17 Champions League group stage. The Gunners have won four of five two-legged UEFA ties against Frenchs sides. They lost their last one though, against Monaco in the 2014/15 Champions League.
This is the most successful UEFA competition campaign from Rennes in their history. They only got through to the knockout stages by the skin of their teeth, winning a must-win match on matchday six. They then pulled off an upset in beats Real Bets in the round of 32. Their only previous experience against English opposition before this meeting with Arsenal was a 2001 Intertoto cup semi-final against Aston Villa in which the two traded home wins.
Rennes are in their second Europa League campaign, and only managed three points in their first attempt back in 2011/12. Rennes took a 1-0 win in the Czech Republic on matchday five to beat Jablonec and that was their first away win in eight games. They followed that up with a very impressive 3-1 win at Betis. Rennes have won four of the previous six UEFA ties after having won the first leg at home.
The Gunners have enough scoring power behind them to get the win on the board at the Emirates. But they are vulnerable at the back and Rennes can make this interesting by getting on the scoresheet. Arsenal to win & both teams to score.
13th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
This is a big highlight match of the weekend as Arsenal and Manchester United look for a valuable points in the push for a top-four finish this season. Only one point separates the two of them as they go into battle at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening. Arsenal have fantastic home form, Manchester United have fantastic away form. What will give? Read our Arsenal v Manchester United betting tips for more.
Man Utd 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 8th, 2019 at 3:40 p.m.)
The Gunners have great home form going behind them at the moment as they are on an eight-match winning streak at the Emirates. They are undefeated in their last 14 on home soil, their only reverse this season on home soil coming right at the start of the season against Manchester City. The Gunners have also produced at least two goals in each of their last six home games. The Gunners are on a 14 match scoring streak at home in the top flight. Across the course of the season, Arsenal have averaged 2.3 goals per home game played, while they have conceded at under a goal per game on average.
40% of their home games this season have ended over 3.5 goals. So with their scoring form, it should produce a fantastic clash between these two rivals. Twice Arsenal took the lead at Old Trafford when they faced Manchester United in December, but twice they were pegged back in a 2-2 draw. Of the home goals that Arsenal have scored the season, 69% of them have been in the second half of matches. The Gunners have opened the scoring in 10 of their 15 home League games. Manchester City are the only side in the League to have a better home record then Arsenal have this season, and City are one of two sides only who have produced more League goals than Arsenal this season.
Man Utd earned a point in a 2-2 home draw against Arsenal in December
The Red Devils then took a 3-1 win at the Emirates in the FA Cup
Manchester United are undefeated in four against the Gunners, winning three
Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
Manchester United are on a big six-match winning streak away from Old Trafford in the top flight. During that sequence, they have conceded just two goals as well. So it has been a huge improvement over the second half of the season from the Red Devils away from home. They are now up to a total of 30 away goals scored this season which is an average of exactly 2 goals per away game. 73% of Manchester United’s away games this season have ended up over 2.5 goals. They have also recorded a clean sheet in 33% of their road games.
From their four away games played against other of the current top six sides, Manchester United have only posted a W1 D1 L2 record, conceding at least two goals in three of those games. The overall away record of Manchester United this season is W9 D2 L4. The Red Devils have hit the back of the net in each and every away game played this season. They have conceded 60% of their away goals in the first half of matches. United have opened the scoring in eight of their 15 road games. The Red Devils have the joint third best away record in this season’s top flight.
A fantastic battle this should be. The prediction of a high-scoring game isn’t the big reach at all. Manchester United are just hard to beat right now and while Arsenal are carrying some great home form they have remained a little vulnerable at the back. Manchester United have a great chance of avoiding defeat. Draw.
8th March 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The next challenge coming up for Arsenal in the Europa League is French side Rennes. The two have never met before in UEFA competition. A good solid performance from the Gunners over in France will set them up well in the tie. Read our Rennes v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 3rd, 2019 at 9:32 p.m.)
This is the furthest that Rennes have ever been in UEFA competition. During the group stage of this season’s competition, Rennes lost three in a row, but they managed to turn things around dramatically. On match day six they took a must-win success over Astana squeeze through. Just a hint at their threat, they caused an upset in the round of 32, by knocking out Real Betis.
The only previous meeting with English opposition that Rennes have had was in the 2001 Intertoto Cup semi-final when they lost on away goals. This is only their second appearance in the Europa League, not getting out of the group stage in their first attempt in 2011/12. Rennes are undefeated in their last twelve home games in all competitions, winning eight. Rennes are W2 D1 L1 in their four European home games this season.
This will be Arsenal’s 25th UEFA fixture going against French opposition. They are undefeated in twelve previous away games in France. Arsenal’s record in France is W8 D4. Their last trip to France ended in a 1-1 draw at PSG which ended a seven-match winning streak that they were on in away games against French opposition. Last season Arsenal won 5-1 on aggregate against AC Milan in the Europa League round of sixteen.
That was the first time in eight years that they had won at that stage of a European competition. In this season’s group stage, the Gunners won all three away games. But they did however, lose on the road at BATE in the last round. Their away record in two UEFA Europa League campaigns is W7 D1 L3, with 19 goals scored and seven conceded. All three defeats in that sequence were 1-0 losses.
This could be a tough challenge for Arsenal, especially if they are not sending out their strongest side in it. Rennes have some pretty good home form going and will be keen to keep the Gunners at arm’s length here. Draw.
5th March 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting