Gunners vs Potters – The odds

The Britannia Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent times, and Paddy Power offer a top price of 1.91 about them beating Stoke this weekend.
 
They have lost three of their last four games at the Britannia and face a side who have secured 10 out of a possible 12 points on their own soil in recent weeks.
 
However Tony Pulis’ men are also the division’s lowest scorers with just 32 in total, and if Arsenal can grab the first goal it’s very hard to see them coming away empty handed.
 
The Gunners remain in pole position for third place despite a couple of frustrating displays against Wigan and Chelsea and need to pick up the pace again.
 
Their slick build-up play was virtually none existent in a mundane  0-0 draw against Chelsea, and worryingly Robin van Persie has barely had as sniff of a goal in the last couple of games.
 
The Dutchman needs to find the back of the net again to restore some confidence in the side, and if he can then could well nick the spoils in what is going to be a tight fought affair.
 
He is a 4.33 shot with the Betfred to net the opener and 1.91 chance with Boylesports to net anytime.
 
Of those two I would play him to score first as I don’t think there will be many goals in the game.
 
Indeed the whole outcome of the game is likely to hinge on who scores first and I am pinning my hopes on Arsenal breaking the deadlock.
 
I fancy them to win 1-0 and that is a 7.5 chance with bet365 and Paddy Power.
 
Also, given that both sides have been struggling in front of the jam sticks, under 2.5 goals looks an outstanding bet at even money (2) with Paddy Power.

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