Arsenal face a tough trip to the Stadium Of Light this weekend, but they look cracking value at 2.15 with Paddy Power to beat Sunderland.
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 fatigue factor will surely take it’s toll on the Wearsiders.
As far as Arsenal are concerned there are no major injury worries, and they come into this on the back of a 7-1 demolition job 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 simply proving too hot to handle.
I have tried to look for an alternative to him in the first scorer and anytime scorer markets, but backing him in both has proved highly profitable and it doesn’t pay to look beyond the obvious when it comes to punting your hard earned.
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 andBetfred for him to score during the 90 minutes.
Make no mistake this is not going to be a cake-walk for Arsenal, as Sunderland are clearly on the up and prepared to fight to the bitter end for their new gaffer.
However, I think that Arsenal have the class to come out on top – especially given that they are more fresh than their opponents.
I like the look of a 2-1 win for Wenger’s men, and that is a 9 shot with Betfred.