Arsenal vs Sunderland Preview

May 19, 2015
By: Deke Hardman


Wednesday’s Premier League action from the Emirates sees FA Cup finalists host a Sunderland who need a point to secure their top-flight status.

The Gunners have won just one in four, and go in to the game on the back of Sunday afternoon’s draw with Manchester United.

A point here will effectively seal third place for Arsene Wenger’s side, though they need to win to have any chance of catching Manchester City in second.

Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test ahead of the game, while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are not fit enough to feature, nor are Alex Oxlade-Chameberlain or Danny Welbeck.

Olivier Giroud is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.5 (7/2) with Coral, with Alexis Sanchez a 5.0 (4/1) chance with the same firm.

The home win is priced at 1.33 (1/3) with Betfred, with the visitors as highly priced as the 12.0 (11/1) on offer from Bet Victor. The draw is a 6.0 (5/1) with Bet 365.

The Black Cats have strung together a four game unbeaten run, but will be dragged into a final day relegation battle if that streak ends here.

Dick Advocat’s side end the campaign at the home of champions Chelsea, who have lost just once in front of their own fans in the league since mid-January 2013, though that defeat did come at the hands of Sunderland.

Liam Bridcutt, who was forced off with injury in Saturday’s draw with Leicester City, will miss the game along with Wes Brown and Jordi Gomez though Jack Rodwell and Billy Jones are both available for selection.

Jermain Defoe is 13.0 (12/1) to open the scoring with Bet 365, ahead of Steven Fletcher who is a 15.0 (14/1) shot with the same firm.

Arsenal ran out winners when the sides met in the North East back in October, while the Gunners also took all the points in both of last season’s clashes.

The hosts have scored two or more goals in fourteen of their last fifteen league wins, and can be backed at 1.33 (1/3) with Sky Bet to do so here.

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