After a midweek meeting with Bayern Munich, Arsenal will move on to the weekend to face Fiorentina in the International Champions Cup. This one is being played in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fiorentina started their ICC campaign with a win over Guadalajara in the opening game of this summer’s fixtures. Read our Arsenal v Fiorentina betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 18th, 2019 at 9:33 p.m.)
Arsenal faced up to Bayern Munich in midweek in the International Champions Cup and managed to grab 2-1 win thanks to a late goal from Eddie Nketiah. That was after the Gunners had picked up a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday in the US. Next up for them is Fiorentina and then Real Madrid next Tuesday in their final ICC 2019 match. The Gunners have yet to do anything in the transfer market to change their fortunes.
They have had bids for Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney shut down. Arsenal have been having a look at their youth on Tour so far and that may well be important for them going forward. They reportedly have very little money to spend. Considering that the Gunners shipped 51 goals in their Premier League campaign last year, it seems a little risky to be backing them for a clean sheet in a friendly.
Fiorentina stepped out in Illinois to face Mexican side Guadalajara on Tuesday and the Serie A side banked a 2-1 win. The Italians had fallen behind in the game, but they were only trailing for two minutes before pulling it back. Scoring Fiorentina’s first goal was Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego. Hopefully, at least that is the sign of goals to come in this test against Arsenal. Following this, Fiorentina will face Benfica four days later for their final game of this international friendly series. There could be a big season ahead for the Viola. Just last month they were purchased by billionaire Rocco Commisso. It can’t get a lot worse. They only finished four points above the drop zone in Serie A last season.
It’s only friendly stuff, but we’ll take it. There could well be goals at both ends in this one and so we feel it’s worth lending on a high scoring game (over 2.5 goals). As for a winner, well, let’s go with Arsenal as the Viola are in rebuild mode.
19th July 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The new season of the Premier League starts on Friday, August 9th with a game at Anfield between Liverpool and Norwich. That is where another round of top-flight title-chasing action will all start. The Reds of course on home soil will be looking to get off to a flying start.
Jurgen Klopp’s men produced such a strong season last term, losing just one game and still couldn’t get across the finish line. Liverpool are 9/4 second-favourites pre-season to beat Manchester City to the punch this time around* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm).
Manchester City 4/6
Manchester United 25/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Manchester City, who made it back to back Premier League titles last season thanks to a fourteen match winning streak to close out the season, are the early 4/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). Looking at the pre-season odds at bookmaker bet365, the title race is expected to be nothing more than a two-horse race once again between the two current powerhouses.
Despite looking as if they may lose their grip on the title to Liverpool last season, somehow Pep Guardiola’s men found a way to win, despite losing four games compared to the one that Liverpool dropped. The Citizens open their title defence with an away game at West Ham at lunchtime on the opening Saturday of the season.
It looks as if the gap is widening between the top two and everyone else who could potentially be in the title race. Spurs have continuously missed the boat, not having had the stamina to stick out a season in full contention for the title. There are question marks surrounding them now, the biggest of which is going to be over manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Will he still be sticking around? He suggested towards the back end of last season that he may look for a new challenge and didn’t seem particularly happy about Tottenham’s lack of a war chest to go dipping heavily into the transfer market to boost their depth, which they are clearly in need of. Spurs open at home against Aston Villa on Saturday, August 10th. Tottenham are out at 16/1 to get the title* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm)
Chelsea have a transfer ban hanging over their heads and it’s hard to see them doing enough, whoever may end up in charge, to get their noses into the title race. They were a long way short in quality last season. Even with some questionable tactics, the quality of players just wasn’t there. It will be less without Eden Hazard.
Perhaps some of the younger blood will get a chance to shine now that their hands have been tied in the transfer market, but that’s not something that is likely to bolster their current situation of not realistically being a title contender. The Blues have a tough opener as they will be heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday, August 11th.
The Red Devils had a tough time at the end of last season. They have some major rebuilding to do and they have been out as big 40/1 with some bookmakers to win the Premier League this season. They are currently at 25/1 with bet365* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm). That seems like almost an embarrassing number that they have on them, but it is indicative of their decline since the hay days of Sir Alex Ferguson era.
With Paul Pobga looking as if he wants away and a crop of ageing players not delivering along with no Champions League action next season to attract new players, it’s a tough spot for the Red Devils. They have the inexperienced hand of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge as well and his bubble was severely burst at the back end of last season.
The bookmakers are perceiving Arsenal as even less of a title threat than Manchester United are. The Gunners are out at 40/1 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 at 10:23 pm) to pull off a title. This will be a big second-season for boss Unai Emery who couldn’t figure out how to get Arsenal playing like a decent away team.
They did battle through to the Europa League Final where they lost to Chelsa, but far too many defensive weaknesses were costly for them on the domestic front. They have a great attack but need to add some serious grit in the middle of the park and defence. Arsenal’s first test of the season will be a trip to Newcastle on Sunday, August 11th.
29th June 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Baku is the host city of the 2019 Europa League Final. There’s a treat in store as well for Premier League fans as it is a showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal for the honours. This game will feature VAR, the first ever Europa League match to do so. The two clubs traded home wins in the EPL this season, who will win the night in Azerbaijan? Read our Chelsea v Arsenal betting tips for more.
The Blues have secured a place in next season’s Champions League via their finish in the Premier League. So that pressure is off them at least. The Blues closed out the season with a W2 D5 record in all competitions. So they weren’t exactly in a great streak of form. But they had a touch of resilience about them. Back in 2013, Chelsea lifted the Europa League title in their first ever attempt.
It would be something to make it two from two. Just once before have Chelsea and Arsenal met in Europe. That was when the Blues won in the 2003/04 Champions League quarter-final 3-2 on aggregate. This season’s Europa League campaign saw Chelsea compete in the group stage of the competition for the first time ever. They posted a W5 D1 record there, topping the group at a canter.
The Blues won their first six knockout stage fixtures as well before they were seriously challenged by Frankfurt in the semifinals. Both legs of that tie ended in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea prevailing on a penalty shootout. Eden Hazard got the decisive spot kick. Will this be his last game for the club? The Belgian is an 11/8 anytime goalscorer option for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.).
He truly is Chelsea’s big spark and without him, they have lacked creativity. The Blues will be defending a 17 match undefeated streak of form in the UEFA Europa League. That is a competition record. That stretches back to the final three games of their successful 2013 campaign. The Blues are W14 D3 in that run of seventeen fixtures which is a pretty fine record. The Blues have also scored more goals than any other side in this season’s competition.
Chelsea and Arsenal both won their EPL home games against the other this season
Arsenal are W3 D4 L1 in their last eight against Chelsea
Both teams have scored in two of the last five meetings
Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three against the Gunners
So the Gunners have the extra pressure on them here. Their Premier League form collapsed at the end of the season, which means that they missed out on a place in the Champions League. Fortunately for them, the Europa League offers a back door to the competition. Maybe knowing that was the spur of inspiration for them to push hard in the Europa League, and they have put together a five-match winning streak in the tournament ahead of their trip to Azerbaijan.
That five-match winning streak is their best ever run of form in the competition. Their previous best was a three-match winning run. Last season Arsenal made the semi-finals of the Europa League in what was their first-ever campaign. They were beaten by eventual winners Atletico Madrid. But they made amends in the final four of this season’s competition against Spanish opposition, Valencia.
Like Chelsea, Arsenal had an easy time of things in the group stage of the season’s Europa League. They posted a W5 D1 record and only conceded in their opening game. Interestingly in that group stage, they paid a visit to the Baku Olympic Stadium, where this season’s Final is being held, as they met Qarabag in their first away game. Arsenal won 3-0. Arsenal did lose the first of leg of their round of 32 tie against BATE and against Rennes in the round of 16 before recovering in North London.
That put them through to a quarter-final against Napoli, the Gunners handling themselves superbly in a 2-0 aggregate success. Then they powered their way to a 7-3 aggregate over Valencia in the semi-finals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four) and Alexandre Lacazette (three) shared the goals in that tie. Aubameyang is the 11/10 Anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 24th, 2019 at 7:56 p.m.). From their previous 179 meeting with Chelsea, Arsenal have won 76 and lost 63.
Of the two sides, Arsenal are the ones with the better attacking threat. The Blues basically rely on Eden Hazard and that’s it. This is probably going to be a tense night as finals usually are, but the Gunners may well handle themselves especially with the extra motivation of needing to win to get Champions League football next term.
27th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Burnley have lost their last two league fixtures now and are winless in three. They start the weekend in 15th and will either finish there or one place, either way, depending on this result. Arsenal realistically blew their shot at the top four finish last weekend with a draw against Brighton. The Gunners have to win this and somehow overturn an eight-goal swing in the goal difference to Spurs. Read our Burnley v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 9:40 p.m.)
The Clarets have lost their last two league games, failing to get on the scoresheet in either of those. They have won just the seven games at Turf Moor this season (D2 L9), but five of those have been since December 30th. Burnley have posted a W1 L4 record at home against the top six teams this season, their lone success in that sequence coming against Spurs. Burnley have averaged 1.3 goals per home fixture but in each of their last five home Premier League games, they have scored exactly two goals. The Clarets were on a twelve match scoring streak at home before losing 1-0 to Man City in their last home fixture.
In their last five home games, Burnley are W2 L3 and the two successes in that sequence were 2-0 victories over Wolves and Cardiff. The Clarets have earned a clean sheet in 28% of home games this season and each of their last three have ended under 2.5 goals. Of the home defeats which have gone against them this season, six of the nine have been by at least a two-goal margin. Burnley have scored 61% of their home goals in the first period of games. Only the current bottom three plus Bournemouth have conceded more league goals this season in the top flight than Burnley have. The Clarets start the weekend in 15th place and will either finish there or one place either way.
Arsenal were 3-1 winners at home over Burnley in December
The Gunners are on a nine-match winning streak against the Clarets
Burnley have lost their last three home games 1-0 against Arsenal
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight meetings
Arsenal could only manage a home draw against Brighton last weekend. That was costly as it means that they are highly unlikely to finish in the top four. In order to that, they have to claim maximum points, hope that Spurs lose and overturn an 8-goal deficit in the process. The Gunners have really tanked in their form at the end of the season. They are W1 D1 L4 in their last six league games now. Most of their troubles have come away from home as well where they are on a three-match losing streak, scoring just the one goal in that sequence.
Arsenal had a big extra shift in midweek too, beating Valencia to reach the Europa League Final. So that is where their focus will be, win that and they will reach the Champions League. 72% of Arsenal’s away games this season in the EPL have gone over 2.5 goals and a 1-0 win at Watford in the middle of April has been their only clean sheet away from the Emirates all term. Both teams have scored in 78% of Arsenal’s away games. The Gunners have averaged 1.5 goals per game on the road, conceding at an average of 1.9 per game. Five of their six away wins have been by a one-goal margin.
Arsenal’s top four ambitions really or already done and dusted. It’s been such poor form from them lately that it’s easy and reasonable enough to see Burnley getting under their skin at Turf Moor. Burnley-draw double chance looks a good proposition.
10th May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Arsenal have done well to take control of this tie as they posted a 3-1 victory in the first leg in North London. However, they can be sure that Valencia will mout something of a fightback at the Mestalla and it is going to be all about whether or not Arsenal’s somewhat flimsy defence can stand strong. Read our Valencia v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Valencia started European action this season in the Champions League. They could not find a way to muscle themselves into the top two finish behind Juventus and Manchester United. They need to call on all of their home strengths for this one in the Europa League and it is a fantastic record that they do have at the Mestalla in this competition. Valencia are currently on an 11 match undefeated streak of home form in the Europa League, winning each of their last eight. In a eight-game winning sequence, they have scored 22 goals and have conceded just three.
Interestingly the last team to beat them at the Mestalla in the Europa League was a Premier league side which was Swansea back in the 2013/14 group stage. Of the 19 UEFA competition ties in which Valencia have lost away in the first leg, they have recovered to win on aggregate on ten occasions. You cannot help but feel that if they get the opening goal in this second leg, then the fragility of Arsenal’s defence is going to be called into question.
So far at home this season in Europe, Valencia suffered a defeat against Juventus but took home wins over Manchester United and Young Boys in the Champions League. They then moved past Celtic with a 1-0 home win and proceeded to dispatch Krasnodar and local rivals Villarreal from the Europa League. Valencia have been paired up with Arsenal in UEFA competition on three previous occasions. The Spaniards have come out on top each time. Valencia’s home record in Europe against English opposition is W12 D16 L10 and they have won six of their nine two-legged ties against English opposition.
The form of Arsenal in the English Premier league is just about at rock bottom at the moment. They have lost four of their last six, winning just one game in that sequence. A disappointing home draw against Brighton on the weekend pretty much ruined their chance of a top-four finish this season in the EPL. With that in mind that may least amp up their focus in this game because winning the Europa League would be the back door entrance into the UEFA Champions League next season.
There are 3-1 home win over Valencia in the first leg of this tie does give them a nice advantage. But how crucial will that away goal given up be? Arsenal have lost their last four two-legged ties against Spanish teams. The Gunners have won 11 of the 34 UEFA competition fixtures against Spanish opposition. They have had mixed fortunes on the road this season in the competition. Arsenal started well by winning all three of their group stage away games.
But then in the knockout stages, they lost at BATE and then Rennes. In the quarter-finals they did win their away game, collecting a 1-0 victory at Napoli. The away record of Arsenal in the Roper league is W8 D1 L4 and in that sequence of matches, the Gunners have scored 21 goals, conceding 10. They were on a four-match winless streak of away form in the knockout phase of the Europa League, before taking that win at Napoli in the last round. Arsenal have won the first leg at home in 19 UEFA competition ties and have prevailed in 17 of them. They aren’t in a particularly great place at the moment, can they deliver some mental defensive toughness?
This is going to be an intimidating atmosphere for Arsenal on Thursday night. They can fully expect a fightback from a very good European home team. The Gunners have struggled in defence badly lately and therefore the home win is the standout option.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Arsenal’s form has been really rocky lately, having suffered a three-match losing streak. They are still miraculously in the hunt for a top-four finish though but need to at least match whatever Chelsea do this weekend to keep themselves in the mix. Brighton go into the weekend four points clear of the drop zone. Read our Arsenal v Brighton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 2nd, 2019 at 7:34 p.m.)
The Gunners have got to rid themselves of some poor form in order to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive this weekend. It is a three-match losing streak that they are on at the moment. In each of those three defeats, which were against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester, Arsenal conceded exactly three goals. Their last home game saw them go down against Palace, but that did snap a tremendous ten match winning streak of home form that the Gunners had been on. Arsenal have produced a W14 D2 L2 record on home soil this season in the top flight.
They have won eight of their nine games against teams currently in the bottom half of the table (the one exception the game against Crystal Palace). Arsenal have averaged 2.3 goals per home game there and their defence has actually done well. They have conceded at under a goal per game on average, taking a clean sheet in almost 40% of home fixtures. Of their fourteen home successes this season, 12 of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. Arsenal have scored in each of their last seventeen home games, scoring at least two goals in each of their last nine at the Emirates.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton earlier this season
The Seagulls are undefeated in their last two against the Gunners
Arsenal are W12 D3 L3 in the overall head to head against the Seagulls
Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings
Brighton are not out of the weeds completely. They hold a four-point cushion over Cardiff but have a far superior goal difference to that of the Bluebirds. So that could be important at the end of the day. The difficulty for Brighton is that they have this tough away game and then they finish the season against Manchester City. So that’s a tough finish in a tight position. If they can just at least match whatever it is that Cardiff come up with on the weekend, then the Seagulls will be safe. So it’s going to be all hands to the pump at the Emirates for them. Brighton have taken just the two points from their last seven league games.
The Seagulls have posted an away record of W3 D3 L12 this season scoring just the fifteen league goals away from the Amex. In their last away game they nearly held out for a point at Spurs but conceded two minutes from time. That leaves them with a D1 L2 record from their last three away games. Brighton have managed a clean sheet in just 11% of their road fixtures and of the defeats suffered, half of them have been by at least a two-goal margin. Only the current bottom three have worse away records than that of Brighton. The Seagulls have been trailing at the halftime break in 9 of their 18 away games this season. They have failed to hit the back of the net in any of their last three on the road. They have scored in just one of their last seven games, home and away.
Arsenal did slip up in their last home game, but they have been pretty reliable at the Emirates this term. Brighton are not too likely to have enough to challenge them, but as they have to at least push, the home win & both teams to score isn’t a bad option.
4th May 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
With Arsenal’s form having taken a bit of a nosedive recently, will they be able to pull themselves back together for the Europa League? It is home advantage up first for them in this semi-final tie as they take on Valencia. Both teams are on the outskirts of a top-four finish in their respective domestic leagues. Can the Gunners give themselves an advantage? Read our Arsenal v Valencia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
The Gunners need to find some form after some recent troubles in the Premier League. They may struggle to get a top-four finish there, so this is a hugely important Europa League campaign for them now. At this stage of last season’s Europa League campaign, the Gunners were eliminated by Spanish opposition in the form of Atletico Madrid. This time they take on Valencia, who could at the end of the day, be just as tough.
Arsenal have lost three of five previous games against Valencia W1 D1, so that’s not a good start either. The Gunners have only managed ten wins from their 33 previous games against Spanish opposition. Three of the fifteen defeats in that sequence happened in Finals. The home record that Arsenal hold against Spanish visitors is W8 D4 L3 and their last two have been a 0-2 reverse against Barcelona and 1-1 draw against Atletico in last season’s semifinals.
Arsenal have lost their last four two-legged ties against teams from La Liga. But there are positives despite all of that. After an easy group stage campaign, it was home soil advantage in the second legs of their round of 32 tie against BATE and round of 16 tie against Rennes that has helped Arsenal through. They had lost the away first leg in both of those ties but were bold and good enough to power their way through back at the Emirates on both occasions. In the last round, their quarter-final against Napoli, Arsenal started at home, claimed a 2-0 win over the Italians and won the tie 3-0 on aggregate.
So they have a wonderful W9 D3 L1 record at home in the Europa League and in that sequence of games, the Gunners have scored 31 goals and have conceded eight. The Gunners have banked a clean sheet in each of their last five home games as well. The Gunners are the only ones of this season’s semi-finalists to have never won the UEFA Cup/Europa League before. There will be a concern there over their current form which has seen them lose three in a row, conceding exactly three goals in each of those defeats.
This will be the sixth match between Arsenal and Valencia
They were last together in the 2002/03 Champions League
Arsenal are winless in three against Valencia (D1 L2)
Valencia are W2 D2 L1 in the head to head against Arsenal
Valencia may have had an eye on this tie as well as they have lost their last two league games. Valencia are still in the hunt for a run at a top-four finish in La Liga. Like Arsenal in the Premier League though, they have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to get there. Valencia started this season in the Champions League where they took a W2 D2 L2 in their group to finish third behind Man Utd and Juventus.
The Spaniards then sent Celtic packing from the round of 32 before seeing off the challenge of Krasnodar. That set them up with a local derby against Villarreal. As expected Valencia got the better of their rivals, banked a 5-1 aggregate success in the title. That leaves Valencia unbeaten in their six Europa League games played this season. This is their third appearance in the semifinals of the Europa League, and their two previous appearances both ended in defeat against fellow Spanish teams.
Out on the road in Europe, Valencia have suffered just two defeats in their last seven games (W2 D3). They were on a run of four straight away defeats in the Europa League quarter-finals/semifinals before getting a 3-1 success at Villarreal in the last round. Valencia are a very solid defensively side, but they are not particularly lethal in front of goal. If you look at their La Liga campaign, they are the lowest scorers in the top six. Only one of their six Europa League matches this season have gone over 2.5 goals this season.
This is likely to be a close contest. Given what Arsenal did at home against Napoli in the first leg of the quarterfinals, they look the more likely of the two to pick up the victory. However, Valencia are absolutely no pushover and this could be tight. Arsean to win by a 1 goal margin at 11/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 30th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
1st May 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Leicester still have a top-seven finish to play for, so they have something to come out and be competitive for in his one. With Arsenal’s current despite, the Gunners having lost three of their last four league outings, there could be a good chance for the Foxes to come up with something in this one. Read our Leicester v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 27th, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.)
The Foxes played out a 2-2 draw against West Ham last weekend. They have gone W4 D1 L1 in their last six league games so aren’t in bad shape. They are going to have to break out a win in this one to keep their hopes of a top-seven finish going. This season at home they have produced a W7 D2 L8 record and they have won three of their last four at the King Power. The Foxes have been scoring pretty well lately, having netted at least two goals in all but one of their last eight league games, home and away.
Leicester have averaged 1.2 goals per home game this season and have conceded at a shade under that. In total, they have picked up a clean sheet in 24% of home games. Home and away they haven’t taken a clean sheet in their last four played though. The last two games at the King Power have gone under 2.5 goals and of the goals that they have conceded on home turf, 60% of them have been in the first half of games. Leicester have actually only opened the scoring in five home games this season. This is a big game for them if they want to push for European action next season.
The Foxes lost 3-1 at Arsenal earlier this season
The Foxes won this corresponding fixture last season 3-1
Each of the last three meetings have produced at least four goals
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 26 games against Leicester
The Gunners suffered a midweek 3-1 defeat against Wolves and that was on the back of last weekend’s defeat against Crystal Palace. So that has been a really disappointing return of results from them in the top flight. They have lost three of their last four played (W1). They are currently duelling with Man Utd and Chelsea for a top-four finish, but this has been a bad time for them to have their form desert them. Arsenal have won just one of their last four out on the road (D1 L2), losing two of their last three. Those defeats were against Everton and Wolves.
It hasn’t been highly positive stuff from the gunners all season as the Gunners have posted a W6 D4 L7 record on their travels. Their away form against sides currently in the top ten with them is poor. They have returned just a W1 D2 L5 record from their eight such games. Arsenal have scored a total of 28 away goals at an average of 1.65 per game. They have conceded heavily though at an average of 1.8 per road fixture. 71% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals. A huge part of Arsenal’s problems have been at the back, as they have earned just one away clean sheet all season.
There’s reason enough to suspect Leicester can have a good go at getting a win on the board in this one. Arsenal have looked a little bit clueless on the road recently so the Foxes have to have some appeal. Home win.
27th April 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
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