Stoke v Arsenal - AUSSIE SOCCER BETTING BLOG

Published: 17.08.2017

Stoke v Arsenal – Premier League Betting Offers and Tips

There are some very fierce local derbies in the Premier League. Clubs from the same neck of the woods are rarely going to get on but there are other rivalries which have slightly more confusing roots.

Take the rivalry between Stoke and Arsenal.

That stems from the early results Stoke got at home against the Gunners early after winning promotion to the Premier League and it has only become more heated after Aaron Ramsey had his leg broken by Ryan Shawcross in 2010.

It’s now a fully fledged grudge match whenever these two play and the latest instalment comes on Saturday when Arsenal travel to the Bet365 Stadium.

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Stoke and Arsenal Betting Analysis

The rivalry between these two began when Tony Pulis was in charge of the Potters. He’s since been replaced by Mark Hughes in an attempt to get the Potters playing more attractive football but there’s no doubt that Stoke can still be an aggressive side when they need to be.

They’ll certainly get stuck in to Arsenal on Saturday but will that approach didn’t work when Arsenal last visited the Bet365 Stadium (the Gunners won 4-1) and we don’t think it will work this time around.

Arsenal were excellent going forwards against Leicester and although their defending needs a lot of improvement, they should score enough goals to beat Stoke at odds of $1.75 with Centrebet.

Of particular concern to Arsene Wenger against Leicester was his team’s shoddy defending from set pieces. That’s sure to hurt them against a team who pose as much of an aerial threat as Stoke so a bet on both teams to score should pay off at $1.67 with Sportsbet.

With goals expected for both teams, another sensible option is over 3.5 goals which you can back at $3 with William Hill.

Finally, have a bet on Olivier Giroud scoring the final goal of the game at $5.50 with Bet365.

The big Frenchman is set to stay at the club having been linked with a move away and he showed how potent an option he is off the bench against Leicester. Expect him to make a similar impact against Stoke.

Stoke and Arsenal Top Betting Tips

Arsenal to win at $1.75 with Centrebet

Both teams to score at $1.67 with Sportsbet

Over 3.5 goals at $3 with William Hill

Olivier Giroud to score last at $5.50 with Bet365

Key Battles

Arsenal have had some success in recent months playing with the 3-4-3 formation that took the Premier League by storm last season.

There are concerns with the players that Wenger has been employing in the centre of defence but their wide options are of such high quality that they’ll fancy their chances of creating enough chances to outscore their porous defence.

Stoke will have to come up with a way of stopping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin or they could be in for a tough match.

To try and counter Arsenal, expect Stoke to flood the midfield and to close the Gunners down as soon as they cross the halfway line. There will also be the odd tasty tackle in the middle for the referee to keep a close eye on.

Match Stats

  • Arsenal have won their last six Premier League games, scoring two goals in each of those wins
  • In contrast, it’s just one win in six for Stoke
  • While Arsenal were involved in a seven-goal thriller against Leicester, Stoke were beaten 1-0 by Everton at Goodison Park
  • Arsenal have won four of their last five meetings with the Potters

Predicted Line-Up

Stoke – Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Cameron; Allen, Fletcher, Johnson, Pieters; Shaqiri, Bojan, Berahino

Arsenal – Cech; Holding, Monreal, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Bellerin; Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette

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