Arsenal are the form side in the Premier League and look bankers at 1.36 to beat Aston Villa at the Emirates this weekend.
The Gunners made it six wins in a row with a 1-0 victory at Everton on Wednesday when they went for the hosts from the start, got an early goal from Thomas Vermaelen and battled to protect it. It was a very pleasing performance, especially as many of their victories this has have been come from behind affairs, and showed that they have really discovered their form in all departments.
Arsene Wenger was particularly pleased with his side’s defensive resilience at Goodison and given that they have not been lacking on the goal scoring front it would be a brave man who would bet against them not beating the Villans.
The visitors have been hit hard on the attacking front since the departure of Robbie Keane and injury to Darren Bent and simply lack the cutting edge to win games. They have won two and lost just one of their five PL visits to the Emirates, but that was after going 12 without a win at Highbury and losing the last eight in a row.
So taking everything into consideration, Arsenal look worth odds-on shots and should win with a bit to spare.
As usual it’s Robin van Persie who heads the goalscorer markets, with the Dutchman a 3.4 shot with bet365 to net first and 1.57 with Boylesports to score anytime.
However rather than go for the obvious, I’m going to put up Vermaelen as the value bet at 5.5 with Betfred to score anytime. The centre-back is Arsenal’s joint-second top scorer in the league this season, and has bagged five goals in his last 17 games.
That makes the 5.5 on offer look big, especially when you thrown in the fact that most of his goals have come in streaks. >He netted three in six earlier in the season and, with strikes in his last two games has to be worth a punt at a tasty price.
Arsenal to win 2-0 or 3-0 is my idea of the outcome, and those scorelines are available to back at 6.5 with bet365 and 8.5 with Paddy Power.