Arsenal hoping to maintain momentum against the Potters

Arsenal’s record against Stoke suggests another win is on the cards at the Emirates this weekend, and the bookies are certainly taking no chances with their offer of 1.57 about a victory.

The Gunners have won all three of their home matches against stoke in the PL, and they come into the game having won six of their last seven games at home in all competitions.

By stark contrast, the Potters are very poor on their travels and have never excelled in away games against London clubs – winning three and losing 12 of their visits to the capital.

They have also lost 4-0 away to Sunderland and 2-0 away at Swansea and seem unable to reproduce their best form when on the road.

However rather than play at 1.57 on an Arsenal victory I would suggest taking a punt on a couple of bets surrounding the in-form Robin van Persie which will hopefully generate a bigger payout.

The Dutchman is in the form of his life and has netted 23 goals in 25 Premier League games in 2011.

It’s therefore not hard to see him adding to that tally in this clash, and the 4.5 on offer with Betfred, Boylesports, Paddy Power and Stan James about him netting the opener makes plenty of appeal.

However even better value surely has to be the even money (2) about him scoring anytime in the 90 minutes.

He is generally odds-on to do so and as short as 1.73 in a place. That makes the 2 on offer with Boylesports and Stan James look an absolute steal.

Given that Stoke have become something of a soft touch on their travels and have have fired in fewer shots on target (21) than any other team in the Premier League there must be every chance of Arsenal keeping a clean sheet.

They are around 2.55 chances to win to nil, but rather than play at those odds I would suggest having a couple of plays in the correct scores for a potentially bigger payout.

Arsenal to win 1-0 or 2-0 is my idea of the outcome. The former can be backed at 7 with bet365 and Victor Chandler while the latter is available at 7.5 with bet365 and Paddy Power.

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