Arsenal are a top priced 1.25 to beat Wolves at the Emirates on Tuesday, and should have little difficulty bagging another three points against Mick McCarthy’s men.
The Gunners have improved out of all recognition since their slow start to the season, and despite still looking vulnerable at the back have put together an impressive run of results which has seen them climb to fifth in the table.
Arsene Wenger’s boys bounced back from a 1-0 defeat at Man city to beat Villa 2-1 away and maintain their challenge for a top four finish and this really should be easy pickings.
Robin van Persie will surely be licking his lips at the prospect of terrorising the Wolves back-line, and this is surely a golden opportunity for him to possibly being able to set a new record for premier League goals in a calender year.
The flying Dutchman moved onto 34 goals in 2011 by scoring from the spot at Villa Park, and now has just this game and the home match against QPR on New Year’s Eve to try and pass Alan Shearer’s record of 36.
I wouldn’t actually put it past him getting a brace in this to draw level with the former Newcastle man, and that makes the 3.5 on offer with bet365 about him setting a new record look tempting.
But regardless of the outcome of that bet, he is surely worth sticking with in this game to get on the score sheet.
It’s a tried and tested formula that has paid handsome dividends for us so far this season, and I am once again going to suggest backing him to score first and anytime during the 90 minutes.
Paddy Power go 3.5 about him netting the opener, and that certainly looks a bit of value with other firms going just 3.25.
However even better value could be the 1.57 on offer with Boylesports for him to net during the 90 minutes. That may appear skinny enough at first glance but if Arsenal do win comfortably as expected then he will surely get his name on the scoresheet at some point and from a value pint of view I would rather back him in that market than take the 1.25 about Arsenal in the outright.
Given that Wolves have managed to score in most games – including against Man City and United – I am going to take Arsenal to win either 3-1 or 4-1.
The former is an 11 chance with bet365 and Betfred, while the latter is a whopping 17 with Boylesports.