Sunderland vs Arsenal: The odds

Arsenal look terrific value at 2.15 with Paddy Power to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The Black Cats have collected 22 from a possible 30 points since the arrival of Martin O’Neill but come into this having played 120 minutes in their midweek FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough.

O’Neill will be forced to field a similar team due to the fact that he has a number of key injuries, and the weary Wearsiders will find Arsenal’s attack very hard to contain if they play anything like they did in their 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn at the Emirates last weekend.

When the two sides met at the Emirates Stadium, Robin van Persie scored Arsenal’s fastest-ever Premier League goal (29 seconds) and went on to notch another in a 2-1 win.

The Dutchman is by far the most lethal striker in the country this season, and his double back in October took his tally to seven goals in seven games against Sunderland.

He has scored 28 goals in 30 games for Arsenal in all competitions which equates to an incredible 44% of all goals scored by the side.

His goal tally currently stands at 40 goals in his last 41 Premier League appearances, and he is quite literally too hot for any defence too handle at present.

He is a 4.5 shot with Betfred and Boylesports to break the deadlock, and that makes plenty of appeal as does the 1.91 with bet365 and Betfred for him to score during the 90 minutes.

Make no mistake Sunderland will be no pushover as they are clearly on the up and prepared to fight to the bitter end under the O’Neill regime.

However, Arsenal come into this by far the fresher team and have the class to make it tell.

I fancy them to win 2-1 win and that outcome is a 9 shot with Betfred.

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