Arsenal v Stoke City Preview

September 21, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit Required English Premiership action Sunday Lunch Time comes from the Etihad Stadium featuring Arsenal v Stoke City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 13:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Arsenal v Stoke City Preview, Premiership, Sunday 22nd September 2013

Arsenal were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa in their opening game of the season, but since that defeat Arsene Wengers side have won all six of their following games including three Premiership league games and three Champions league games and having signed Ozil from Real Madrid they look a real contender this season.

Stoke City were also beaten on the opening day of the season, going down 1-0 away to Liverpool, but they have also recovered since that defeat winning their following three matches and drawing against Manchester City last time out and if manager Mark Hughes can keep his players fit and healthy this season, then they will certainly be looking for a European qualification spot finish.

Arsenal v Stoke City Team News

Arsenal Team News:

A number of injury problems for the hosts with Santiago Cazorla out with a ankle problem, Oxlade Chamberlain is also out with a knee injury along with Diaby and Podolski is still a few weeks away from returning to the squad as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.

Mesut Ozil looks likely to start for Arsene Wenger’s side in this game.

Stoke City Team News:

Marc Muniesa and Charlie Adam will both undertake a late fitness test to see if either player can be involved for this game. Other than these two players though manager Mark Hughes has a full squad available to him.

Arsenal v Stoke City Head to Head Statistics

02/02/13 PRL Arsenal – Stoke City 1 : 0
26/08/12 PRL Stoke City – Arsenal
0 : 0
28/04/12 PRL Stoke City – Arsenal
1 : 1
23/10/11 PRL Arsenal – Stoke City 3 : 1
08/05/11 PRL Stoke City – Arsenal 3 : 1

Who Has The Advantage?

Sunday lunch time’s game will become the 87th meeting between the two sides over the years. Arsenal have managed to win 43 times, Stoke City have managed to win 23 times and there has been 20 draws.

Recent meetings shown in our head to head statistics table above see Arsenal having had a slight advantage winning 2. Stoke City won only 1 game and the remaining 2 games finished all square.

Average Goals Per Game?

213 goals have been scored in the previous 86 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.47 which suggests this game should see at least one or two goals scored on sunday afternoon in the north london sunshine.

Arsenal v Stoke City Recent Form

Arsenal: W W W W W

Stoke City: L W W W D

Arsenal completely dominate the recent form having won all of their previous five matches played. Stoke City haven’t done too badly themselves though and have won three from their last five, losing once and drawing once.

Arsenal v Stoke City Match Betting Odds Market.

Arsenal have been in excellent form of late and with home advantage it should come as no surprise to see the online bookmakers having them priced up as the clear odds on favourites to win this game at current best odds of 4/11 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers).

The Draw would be a good result for Stoke City to take back home and having held big spending Manchester City to a 0-0 draw last weekend, there is every chance that this game could also finish all square and at a current best price of 4/1 with Betfred (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) this could be a sensible saver bet in this game.

Stoke City are not a side that has a great record away from home, but they did manage a 1-0 victory away against West Ham United last time they were away and will certainly believe they have a decent chance of causing a shock in this game at a current best price of (9/1 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Arsenal v Stoke City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Difficult to see Stoke City winning this game as Arsenal really have been in excellent form of late and their performance over in France midweek in the Champions League just showed that this side is capable of doing big things this season and with the home support of their fans fully behind them in this game, Arsene Wenger’s side do look the more likely winners come sunday afternoon.

The goal stats suggest one or two goals to be scored during this game which looks about right considering the last three meetings between the two sides has seen only three goals being scored, so the goals market is a place to consider when thinking about a betting opportunity for this game.

The Verdict

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