Arsenal vs Stoke City Preview

April 1, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal take on Stoke City.

The Gunners go into the game in sixth place – where they are almost certain to end the campaign though Burnley did move to within two points of them with victory at bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

They beat Watford last time out in the league with that triumph coming in between two wins over Milan in the Europa League and another victory here would see them move to within five points of fifth place Chelsea, who host Tottenham Hotspur later in the day.

Jack Wilshere could feature after recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of England’s recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy while Alexandre Lacazette, who has been out for almost eight weeks with a similar problem may also return.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is priced at 4.0 (3/1) to open the scoring with William Hill ahead of 6.5 (11/2) chance Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The home win is 1.3 (3/10) with most firms with the away win as highly priced as the 12.0 (11/1) on offer from a variety of bookmakers. The draw can be backed at 6.5 (11/2) with Betfair.

The Potters have won just one of their last twelve league games – a run that has left them stuck in the bottom three though defeats for four of the sides directly above them will have given them some hope.

However, even an unlikely win here would see them climb out of the relegation zone with their goal difference far inferior to that of seventeenth place Crystal Palace.

Mame Biram Diouf and Erik Pieters are both back in contention though Charlie Adam begins a three-match ban and Eric Choupo-Moting is injured.

Peter Crouch is 13.0 (12/1) to get the first goal of the game with Unibet, with Xherdan Shaqiri a 15.0 (14/1) shot with William Hill.

Stoke won the reverse fixture back in August by a goal to nil though they have lost every visit to Arsenal since 1981.

However with Paul Lambert’s side so shy in front of goal you may be tempted to back the home win to nil at the widely available price of 2.25 (5/4).

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