Who will be working their way through to Wembley? This tie is still in the balance after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, where neither really looked as if they believed that could win that game. So it just comes down to this battle now at the Emirates. Chelsea will be favourites as they have been in much more consistent form than Arsenal have been as of late, but the Gunners will be hungry for this as it is their last shot at domestic silverware this season. Chelsea are 5/4 at bet365 to get the win on the night, with Arsenal at 21/10 and the draw is at 12/5* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:11 p.m.)
The Gunners have been having their problems with results lately as they have won just one of their last six games played in all competitions. That win came on the weekend as they pummeled Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates. That was a boost that they badly needed because they were on a five-match winless streak before that. The Gunners will be a bit concerned about their defence and they have shipped a total of six goals in their last three games at home. The Gunners have taken only the one clean sheet in their last seven games across all competitions. They recently played host to Chelsea in the Premier League at the Emirates and the two played out a 2-2 draw there on January 3rd, the Gunners equalising in the 90th minute. The first leg at Stamford Bridge was a bit of non-event and Arsenal never looked as if they were trying to score but both teams to score at bet365 is probably going to have some appeal at odds of 4/6* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.). Given the way Arsenal’s defence has done recently, that’s not a bad option.
This will be the fifth game between the two of these this season alone and each of the other four (two league, one Community Shield and the EFL Cup semi-final first leg) all ended in a draw at 90 minutes. So there isn’t going to be much to choose between the two of them again most likely and that is reflected in the bet365 correct score market where the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 11/2. The Gunners have won just one of their last eight home games against Chelsea across all competitions. An important factor is that they failed miserably in their FA Cup title defence this season, falling at the first hurdle and so they will be pretty geared up for this and they got the boost of Mesut Ozil returning over the weekend in their beating of Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The winner of the fixture will play the winner of the Man City v Bristol City tie at Wembley in the final.
The Blues snapped themselves out of some less-than-ideal form on the weekend as they hammered Brighton 4-0 at the Amex in the Premier League. That ended a five-match sequence of drawn matches that they were on across all competitions and three of those were 0-0 draws. So they were struggling in front of goal, but Eden Hazard and Willian were superb on the weekend against the Seagulls. They don’t have a striker in any kind of form though. On their travels, they are on a five-match unbeaten streak of form with a W2 D3 record, but overall they have been rock solid at the back for the most part. They have three clean sheets in their last four away games and overall home and away they have taken seven clean sheets in their last nine games. The Blues have failed to win any of their last five games against Arsenal but still go as favourites for this one. In the bet365 To Qualify market Chelsea are 4/6 to reach Wembley with the Gunners at 6/5 to progress* (Betting Odds taken on January 21th, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.).
This is probably going to be a tight battle down the line, but both will have to play better than they did in the first leg. Chelsea have struggled for goals lately, but they do look the better of the two sides at the back and that should be enough to see them squeeze through. Arsenal may just come up short against their old foes at the back.
22nd January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
The Gunners were dealt another away blow last weekend as they slumped to a defeat against Bournemouth. That loss leaves them really struggling to make a run at a top-four finish this season and pressure is back on Arsene Wenger. Crystal palace improved further with a victory over Burnley last weekend and have their sights on the top half of the table. Arsenal are 1/2 at Ladbrokes to win, with the draw at 10/3 and Crystal Palace at 24/5* (Betting Odds taken on January 15th, 2018 at 8:54 p.m.)
The Gunners are on the slide with just two wins in their last nine Premier League games. You don’t expect to be saying that about them. They have won just one of their last five played and there were alarm bells ringing loudly last weekend as they lost at Bournemouth after having taken the lead early in the second half. Arsenal now go into the weekend eight points away from the top four and have a vastly inferior goal difference to the five sides above them as well. Their home form reads W8 D2 L1 this season but hey have drawn their last two there against Liverpool and Chelsea, while winning just one of their last four on whom soil, a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in mid-December. The amount of goals that they have been conceding is alarming with no clean sheets in five and having conceded ten goals in that sequence. It could lead to a bit of value in both teams to score at Ladbrokes at least. Arsenal have conceded twelve goals at home this season and five of those have been in their last two. They have earned clean sheets in 55% of their home fixtures, but one doesn’t look too likely at the moment. The Gunners have scored in all of their home games so far this season and 63% of their home goals this term have come in the second half of matches.
Palace could end up in the top half of the table after the weekend, that is the turnaround that they have produced. They have lost just one of their last twelve league games now, but the one loss in that sequence was at home against Arsenal on December 28th. But the Eagles made the Gunners sweat in the game. The Eagles go into the game with back to back league wins under their belt having claimed one-goal margin victories over Southampton and Burnley. That leaves them with a good W4 D2 L1 record in their last seven played. Away from home, they are unbeaten in five now (W2 D3) and so are holding their own without question. Because their recent form has improved so much you have to take their six goals only scored this season on their travels all in context as they have all come in their last three road games. Palace have won two of their last three road games, taking down Leicester and Southampton. They are playing with a confidence that Arsenal can only dream of at the moment. This would be a huge victory for them if they could get it. Over 2.5 goals at Ladbrokes has to be worth a look in this one, as it could once again be an entertaining London derby clash.
Arsenal had to really work hard to get their 3-2 win over Palace back at the end of December. Things have been pretty even between the two of them recently with Arsenal W2 D1 L1 in their last four league outings against the Eagles. The Gunners have gone unbeaten in their last six on home soil in the Premier League against the Eagles, so they do have the positive going for them. The Gunners have netted at least two goals in four of their last five home games against the Eagles in all competitions.
The draw may have some appeal here as things aren’t going Arsenal’s way at the moment and the overall performance levels just haven’t even there. Palace are confident enough to go and battle their way to what would be a good point for them.
17th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
The Cherries are unbeaten in their last two home games in the top flight now and they have to keep scraping out the points because they are in that cluster of teams in the bottom half of the table where it’s really tight. Arsenal have been poor on the road this season but they have now gone unbeaten in their last five road games and will expect something out of this. Bournemouth are 7/2 underdogs, with the draw at 16/5 and Arsenal in at 4/6 odds-on* (Betting Odds taken from January 11th, 2018 at 4:11 am)
The Cherries are in a scrap above the relegation zone but they have shown some character and fight recently with a W1 D2 record on the board. While they have remained unbeaten they will probably be a little disappointed that they did not get more out of that easy run of games in which they faced West Ham, Everton and Brighton. The win in the sequence came at home against Everton. So the Cherries have lost just one of their last four on home soil in the top flight (W1 D2 L1) so it’s not been a bad return. Overall they are only W3 D3 L5 at the Vitality and clean sheets have been hard to come by. They haven’t kept a home clean sheet since November 18th when they beat Huddersfield and have conceded three goals in their five home games since (at least two in four of those five). They are a spirited side and they work hard but are just lacking a touch of quality. 64% of their home games have seen at least three goals so over 2.5 goals at Paddy Power is well worth considering at 1/2* (Betting Odds taken from January 11th, 2018 at 6.53 pm). Bournemouth are without a clean sheet in nine games home and away and have shipped at least one goal in 82% of their home games. As a positive, they have scored at least two goals in each of their last three games themselves.
The Gunners have not had a great season on the road, but they have at least managed to remain undefeated in their last five road games (W2 D3). So that’s a positive from them but in that sequence, they have dropped points at Southampton, West Ham and West Brom, teams struggling in the bottom third of the table. Overall home and away the Gunners are unbeaten in seven now but they have conceded in each of their last four and in that sequence, they have conceded eight goals. Both teams to score at Paddy Power is a quote of 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken from January 11th, 2018 at 6.53 pm) and that looks likely to happen. The Gunners have conceded more than they have scored away from the Emirates this season so they are going to be a little bit vulnerable and they have injuries stacking up and they had an extra game in midweek, their EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea. Arsenal have scored 77% of their away goals this season in the second half of matches and 11 of their 16 away goals conceded have been after the break in games. Alexandre Lacazette, who looks short of confidence is the anytime goalscorer outright favourite.
Well, there is not a lot of history in the head to head to look back on here. This will be just the seventh league game between. From those previous encounters, Arsenal are W5 D1 and they took a comfortable 3-0 home win over the Cherries earlier this season. The Gunners have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three games against the Cherries and at least two in all of them.
The draw isn’t totally unappealing in this one. Arsenal are just struggling with injuries at bit at the moment and the Cherries know how to dig in and scrap, especially on home soil and they know they need to fight. After a busy week for the Gunners, the Cherries could get a precious point for themselves out of this. Draw.
13th January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
There is still plenty of action to come from the Third Round of the FA Cup as eight ties still needing to be settled through replays. The big shock of the Third Round was the fall of Arsenal who suffered a 4-2 defeat at the City Ground against Championship side Nottingham Forest. Arsene Wenger risked fielding a weakened side and paid the price, losing in the Third Round for the first time ever in charge of the Gunners. Manchester City had no such problems as they cruised past fellow Premier League side Burnley at the Etihad, while Manchester United steeled themselves to see off a stern challenge from Championship promotion hopefuls Derby.
Liverpool made their way through to the Fourth Round at the first attempt with a home victory over rivals Everton in a thrilling Merseyside derby, while Tottenham were on cruise control against Wimbledon. It leaves Manchester City as 3/1 favourites at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm) to win the trophy this season, followed up by joint second-favourites Manchester United and Liverpool. Chelsea’s odds may shorten a bit if they get past Norwich in their replay at Stamford Bridge, while Leicester needs another attempt to try and get past League One opponents, Fleetwood.
League Two side Newport recorded a big shock in the Third Round of the FA Cup as they dumped out Championship side Leeds and they have pulled in a huge tie of facing Premier League opponents Tottenham. Yeovil, also from League Two get a dream home game against Manchester United while Coventry, who took out Premier League opposition in Stoke in the third round make a visit to the MK Dons.
Man City 3/1, Man United 5/1, Liverpool 5/1, Chelsea 11/2, Tottenham 13/2, Leicester 25/1, Southampton 40/1, Newcastle 50/1, Watford 50/1, West Ham 50/1, 66/1 bar* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm)
Liverpool v West Brom
Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Notts County v Wolves/Swansea
Yeovil v Manchester United
Carlisle/Sheffield Wednesday v Stevenage/Reading
Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City
MK Dons v Coventry
Millwall v Rochdale
Southampton v Watford
Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace
Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Newport County v Tottenham
Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle
Sheffield United v Preston
Leicester v Fleetwood
Mansfield v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle
West Ham v Shrewsbury
Wigan v Bournemouth
Swansea v Wolves
Chelsea v Norwich
9th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
A great London derby semi final showdown in the EFL Cup, starting with the first leg at Stamford Bridge On Wednesday evening. Chelsea have a good stretch of unbeaten home from going over the Gunners, but the two sides have already drawn three times this season. So another tight battle between the two rivals is likely to go down in this first leg. Chelsea are 4/5 to collect the win, with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm).
Three meetings this season and three draws between these two. Chelsea and Arsenal met at the Emirate in the Premier League in the first week of the year and Chelsea thought they had won the game before Arsenal struck a late equaliser. That was a wide-open game and the Blues created more than enough chances to win it, Alvaro Morata missing three one-on-one chances in the fixture. He goes as the first goalscorer favourite for the first leg of this EFL Cup semi-final. The Blues didn’t send out their strongest starting eleven in a 0-0 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road on the weekend in the FA Cup, but it should have been a side good enough to win it. Anyway, it is worth having a look at both teams to score at 8/11 with Betfair* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm) for this one as that has happened now in four of the last five meetings.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six home games against the Gunners (W5 D1) so hold themselves in a pretty commanding position in the head to head. In their last five home games against the Gunners, Chelsea have outscored their rivals 13-1 at Stamford Bridge. But things between them have been tight this season and Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at Betfair is a very appealing 11/4 option* (Betting Odds taken January 7th at 8.00pm). Chelsea are actually in good form defensively on home soil and they are on a four-match winning streak there with three clean sheets earned in that sequence across all competitions. So there is every indication that this again will be tight and it could even be worth considering under 2.5 goals because Arsenal will probably want to try and stay tight to have something to play for back at the Emirates.
The away miseries that Arsenal have been having this season continued on the weekend as they fell to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round. That was the first time under Arsene Wenger that they had been eliminated at the third round stage and it leaves them now with only the EFL Cup to play for on the domestic front. So they should be fired up for this one after paying the price for fielding an under-strength side at the City Ground. If they lose this semi-final tie then surely the club have to be considering looking at the future and a change of manager. The Gunners have won just two of their last seven games across all competitions away from home and are just W5 D5 L6 on the road this season. There has been little stability there from them and they have earned just two clean sheets in their last nine away from the Emirates.
Chelsea should have the edge on home soil. They created plenty against the Gunners recently at the Emirates and with Arsenal’s away form hindering them, the Blues can land a narrow advantage in this semi-final tie.
8th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Championship side Nottingham Forest will have a tough time on their hands trying to keep Arsenal quiet in this one. Forest go into the game without a manager and they are out of form at the moment as well. The Gunners will target the FA Cup as a genuine shot at silverware once again and they are 3/5 to get the win in the tie, with the draw at 16/5 and Nottingham Forest 5/1 to pull off the upset.
A tough draw for Forest even though they do at least have nothing to lose because they are heavy underdogs for the fixture. It has not been a tremendous season from Forest and they currently have Gary Brazil holding down the fort as they look for a new manager. Forest are winless in their last five games home and away (D2 L3) and at home they have lost back to back games at home, going W1 L3 in their last four fixtures at the City Ground. They failed to hit the back of the net in the three defeats during that sequence as well. Overall Forest are W8 L6 this season on home soil across all competitions. So this is going to be a big ask for them but still, they could have a go at this and over 2.5 goals at Coral doesn’t look a bad punt. Two of City’s last three home games have gone above the goal line.
Their chances of muscling through this one have been hit with forward Daryl Murphy a doubt. There is history between these two in the FA Cup, they have met twice before, and Arsenal knocked out Forest on both of those occasions. The Gunners went on to win the FA Cup in both of the years when they knocked Forest out along the way. Overall Nottingham Forest have picked up just the one win in their last fourteen matches against Arsenal across all competitions. They hosted Arsenal last season in the EFL Cup and got hammered 4-0. As a positive though, Forest have collected eight clean sheets in their last twelve FA Cup home games, but it looks a stretch for them to get one here. In the Coral correct score market, an Arsenal 2-1 is the shortest-priced option at 15/2.
Arsenal are the cup holders and will be targeting silverware again in the competition this season. Under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners have never been knocked out of the third round of the tournament so they have a great record. They are missing Olivier Giroud up front, so that leaves Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez as 10/11 joint anytime goalscorer favourites for the tie. Arsenal have not had the greatest of seasons out on their travels at all, and they have won just two of their last seven road games and both of those were by a one-goal margin. Arsenal to win by one goal margin at Coral returns a price of 11/4. Surprisingly Arsenal have only managed to score more than one goal in just one of their last seven games away from the Emirates. They may not go full strength for this as they have to face Chelsea in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg in midweek.
Arsenal are good enough to go to the City Ground and take advantage of Forest’s poor situation at the moment. The Gunners know the importance of the Cup and will be strong in making another assault at it. Away win and to nil.
6th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
A big London derby lights up the midweek action and Arsenal are going into it with some ground to make up on Chelsea as well. The Gunners, who failed to beat West Brom on the weekend find themselves seven points adrift of the Blues. Chelsea continued in their good current form by smashing Stoke at Stamford Bridge on the weekend to move them to five games unbeaten in the top flight now. The Blues are 4/5 favourites for the game with the draw at 11/4 and Arsenal at 16/5.
The Gunners have had a good season at the Emirates with a W8 D1 L1 record there and Manchester United are the only visitors to have enjoyed success there. In their last home game, the Gunners were held to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool and that has left Arsenal having conceded a total of six goals in their last three games played home and away. So they are looking a little vulnerable at the back and in their draw at West Brom on the weekend, the Gunners looked really poor and lifeless going forward. The Gunners have netted 2.5 goals per game on average this season at home in the Premier League while they have now conceded one per game on average. The Gunners have collected six clean sheets at home and as this is expected to be tight under 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 6/5. Seven of the last ten meetings between these in all competitions have gone under the goal line so there is something of a trend there. Alexis Sanchez has hit a bit of form in front of goal for Arsenal and he is a 13/8 anytime goalscorer option for this one.
The Blues have been going well lately with a W4 D1 record produced in their last five games and they have hammered Stoke 5-0 on the weekend, even by resting some of their key players like Eden Hazard. That is four clean sheets on the bounce now that the Blues have picked up in the Premier League and they are a price of 9/2 to win to nil at William Hill for this. Away from home Chelsea are W6 D2 L2 for the season and they have taken just the one win in their last four road games (D2 L1) which were against Huddersfield in mid-December. They played out a 0-0 draw at Everton just before Christmas in their most recent away game. Willian has produced well for the Blues recently, scoring in two of their last three away games and he is a great 3/1 anytime goalscorer option for this one. The Blues have averaged 1.8 goals per away game this season where they have conceded just the seven goals in their ten away games with four clean sheets away from home for the season. The Blues have opened the scoring in six of their ten away games this term as well.
Three of the last six contests between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates have ended in a draw. There have already been two draws between them this season, in the Community Shield and a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge as well. Chelsea are up in the head to head in Premier League fixtures recently though with a W4 D2 L1 record against the Gunners. Arsenal are W1 D1 L1 in their last three league home games against the Blues.
Chelsea looks the value option of the two at the moment. They are just flowing well right now and rested some key players on the weekend. Arsenal were terrible against West Brom on the weekend and will get torn apart if they play like that in this one. Away win.
1st January 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
West Brom’s long winless streak continued with a draw against Everton on Boxing Day which leaves them in the bottom three. They actually created some great chances in the game, but can’t finish chances. That’s a big problem for boss Alan Pardew to solve, where are the goals going to come from? Will the Baggies get a chance in this one against an Arsenal side who have had their issues on the road this season? Arsenal are 3/4 to take the win, with the draw at 14/56 and West Brom at 10/3.
Can the Baggies get themselves out of their mess? It is eighteen games without a league win now for them. They faced Everton on Boxing Day and actually created some good chances in the game, enough to win it, but they could not put the ball away. That is four of their last six games in which they have failed to score now in the top flight. At home, West Brom are W1 D6 L3 for the season and three of their last four on home soil have been drawn. Two of those were 0-0 draws and as they also collected a recent 0-0 at Liverpool, in the Ladbrokes correct score market a 0-0 draw is an 11/1 tempter. West Brom have managed nine home goals this season in their ten games and under 2.5 goals is probably going to be well worth a look too. The Baggies have opened the scoring in just four of their ten home games this season and have been leading at halftime in just three of them. The only visiting sides to have won at the Hawthorns this season have been Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd. Take from that what you will.
The Gunners survived a test at Selhurst Park on Thursday night as they won 3-2 against Crystal Palace. They should have been more comfortable, but their defence was really rattled at times. That moved their away form to W3 D3 L4 for the season and was a nice boost for them. The Gunners are only W2 D3 L1 in their last six league games home and away and don’t look totally reliable. They have two clean sheets in their last four road games and Arsenal to win to nil at Ladbrokes is a quote of 2/1. Alexis Sanchez was their star performer against Palace and he is an 11/10 anytime goalscorer option for the game, with Alexandre Lacazette at 6/5. The Gunners have averaged just 1.2 goals per away game this season and the score may well be kept down it the game. The Gunners have failed to score in four of their ten away games this season after all. 75% of their goals away from home have come in the second half of games this season.
Arsenal took a 2-0 win over West Brom back in September but they did lose at the Hawthorns last season in a 3-1 defeat. The Gunners have lost their last two visits to West Brom in the Premier League and over the last six league meetings between the two of them, there has been a home win in each. The Baggies have failed to score in three of their last four against Arsenal.
The Baggies may be value to dig out a point in this one because Arsenal aren’t going well on the road and have had less of a rest than the Baggies have done going into this one. West Brom really needs to find a clinical finisher from somewhere, but they can grind out a draw here.
29th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Palace continued their good unbeaten streak of form with a point out at Swansea just before Christmas which was enough to keep them out of the drop zone. Three points in this London derby would really boost their confidence further. Arsenal have won just one of their last five Premier League matches and have really been having their struggles out on the road too. Palace are 3/1 underdogs for the match with the draw at 29/10 and Arsenal in at 4/5 odds on favourites.
The unbeaten form of Crystal Palace has been extended to eight games now (W3 D5) in the top flight and they can be pleased with their response to their terrible start to the season. They have put together a fantastic six match unbeaten streak of form at Selhurst Park (W3 D3) recently and they have scored at least two goals in each of those fixtures as well, so it is going to be worth having a look over 2.5 goals at William Hill for this one. Three of Palace’s last four league games have gone over the goal line so there is a trend running. Wilfried Zaha continues to be a good anytime goalscorer option for them going forward and as the Eagles have conceded at least one goal in each of their last nine league games at home, it is well worth backing both teams to score at William Hill. This is a great London derby set up and it has every chance of being wide open and really end to end. After their really slow start to the season, Palace are now average 1.3 goals per game at home this season and 78% of their home fixtures have seen at least three goals.
You would have expected lot better than just two wins in nine away games from the Gunners. Overall they are W2 D3 L4 for the season on the road and they have gone unbeaten in their last three away from the Emirates at least, drawing their last two against Southampton and West Ham. They were involved in that 3-3 home thriller with Liverpool just before Christmas, fighting back from 2-0 down in the game when they were heavily outplayed in the first half. Arsenal have averaged a goal per game out on their travels this season while they have conceded ta an average of 1.4 per game. So they will be vulnerable in this one. They have improved defensively recently though away from the Emirates with two clean sheets in their last three games. Up as favourite in the anytime goalscorer market is Alexandre Lacazette at 11/10 followed by Alexis Sanchez at 7/5 who was on the scoresheet against Liverpool. They are the only two Arsenal players with more than one away goal to their name this season (two each). The half time draw at William Hill is worth considering because the Gunners have been level at the break in five of their nine road games, being ahead in just one of those. The Gunners have failed to score in 44% of their away games this term.
Palace took a big 3-0 win in last season’s corresponding fixture. That snapped a twelve match winless streak of Premier League form that they were on against the Gunners. Arsenal do boast a very good record of W6 D1 L1 in their last eight games home and away against the Eagles in the top flight and have lost just one of their last fourteen games in all competitions at Selhurst Park.
Palace may well be good enough for a draw in this one. The Gunners just haven’t produced on the road and they will be facing a spirited Eagles side in this tough London derby. There could be enough in this one to see the Eagles collect another good point for themselves.
26th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Well, this should be some game on Friday night to start the Premier League weekend with. You have Arsenal who have been going really well on home soil this season looking for a big three points against a fellow top four contender. Liverpool roll into town having rediscovered their winning touch in style last weekend, but can they deliver on the consistency to take down the Gunners? Arsenal are 11/8 at William Hill for the three points, with Liverpool at 7/4 and the draw at 13/5.
The Gunners have produced good league home form this season having put up a W8 L1 record from their nine home fixtures. Their only league home defeat was against Manchester United recently , but the Gunners responded to that by beating Newcastle at the Emirates over the weekend. The goals have just been drying up a little bit for the Gunners as only once in their last six league games have they managed to produce more than one goal in a game. Still, Liverpool are coming to play and over 2.5 goals at William Hill is going to have appeal because of that. Arsenal have actually averaged 2.4 goals per game on home soil this season which is fantastic and they have only conceded the seven, taking a clean sheet in 67% of their home fixtures. Alexandre Lacazette has scored eight league goals for the Gunners this season and six of them have been at home and he is the 11/8 anytime goalscorer favourite for this one. Of the goals that Arsenal have conceded at home, 71% of them have been in the first half of matches. The Gunners have, however, opened the scoring in seven of their nine home games.
After a couple of frustrating home draws against Everton and West Brom, Liverpool exploded back into life with a 4-0 win at Bournemouth last weekend. So they go into this Friday night fixture with a point advantage over the Gunners. It would be huge if they could up that gap and solidify their place in the top four further. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine league games home and away and they are on a fantastic four match winning streak out on the road as well. They have scored at least three goals in each of those away wins in that sequence too and leading the way in the Premier League scoring charts is Mo Salah who is the 5/1 first goalscorer favourite for the game. The Reds have averaged 2.6 goals away from home this season but they have conceded at a rate of almost two per game and both teams to score at William Hill is a viable option. In the Correct Score market, a Liverpool 2-1 is a short price of 11/1 to see them take down the Gunners again. 78% of Liverpool’s away games this season have gone over 3.5 goals so you may want to consider a big scoreline.
Liverpool won 4-0 at home against Arsenal earlier in the season and that took them out to a three match winning streak against Arsenal and the Reds are unbeaten in five against the Gunners now. Arsenal have won just one of the last seven meetings between the two clubs in the league. The last four meetings have all been over 3.5 goals, Liverpool scoring at least three goals in each of those fixtures.
Liverpool could be a bit of value in this one. They hammered the Gunners big time in the season’s earlier meeting, and Arsenal recently failed at home against a positive Manchester United side as well. Have a flutter on the away side picking up the points.
19th December 2017 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting