Preston vs Arsenal by Rahul

Preston
VS
Arsenal
Arsenal will be traveling away to Preston and have a long injury list that will force them to play a rotated squad in this encounter. Arsenal are going to be missing Ozil, Lucas, Debuchy, Coquelin, Gibbs while Cazorla and Mertersacker are longer term absentees. Arsenal will be looking to some of their fringe players like Welbeck, Walcott, Akpom to slot into the starting XI while Ospina is sure to take the space in between the sticks in place of Cech. Arsene Wenger know that they have done well in this competition over the last few years and there is a good chance for them to win this trophy again considering some tough fixtures they have in the champions. Arsenal have been shaky on the defensive end as it was seen in their away game against Bournemouth, Everton, Manchester City, West Ham, Basel, Man Utd, Burnley, Ludogorets, Hull, Watford among the away teams where they have failed to keep clean sheets and most of those games were over 2.5 goals and both teams finding the back of the net.

 

Preston North End will look at the struggles that Arsenal have had on the road; and will aim to put pressure on Arsenal early on in the game. They have been doing decently well in the Championship, sitting in 11th spot in the table and have scored 33 goals in their 18 games so far, which keeps things entertaining in their encounters. They have beaten some good teams in the Championship at home including Aston Villa, Huddersfield and drawn with Brighton among their strong performances of the season. Preston defensively have been shaky, now conceding in 7 out of their last 8 games; and the only way they have a chance of beating Arsenal is going on the attack from the beginning and getting the home crowd behind them.

 

This game will be on television and should be an extremely entertaining one with a sell out Preston crowd tonight; and I think both will look to put in a good showing with goals potentially flowing at both end, but I expect Arsenal to nick this one in the end, so I am backing them to win with over 2.5 goals being scored in the match.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Arsenal & Over 2.5 Goals Bet365 2.00 9 1-2 WON (+9 units)
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