Stoke City vs Arsenal by Marcelino
Stoke City are 15th in the league. They are a team that have earned the majority of their points on home ground. They are a tough and physical team at home and they are very difficult to beat having lost just 2 times in 13 games (home record - W5 - D6 - L2) while they are placed low in the table because they earned only 6 points in 14 away matches. Their home losses came to Liverpool and Norwich. They managed to avoid defeat at home versus good teams like Man City, Chelsea, Man United and Everton. They will be missing Assaidi in this match, and Robert Huth could miss out on this match with a slight knee injury.
Arsenal are coming off an impressive home win vs Sunderland, but I believe that the bookies over-adjusted their odds for this game from that performance. They will have to play this match without 2nd top scorer Ramsey, 3rd top scorer Walcott, and defenders Koscielny, Gibbs and Monreal are doubtful.
I will be backing Stoke City to avoid a convincing defeat in this match. They avoided defeat vs many top teams at Britannia stadium. They have a great H2H record vs Arsenal losing just 1 match in 5 meetings - W2-D2-L1.
Pick: Stoke City +1 AH. (If Stoke lose by 1 goal, stake is returned)
|Stoke +1 AH||Ladbrokes||1.76||10||1-0 WON (+7.6 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.