Sunderland v Arsenal: Betting Preview

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Arsenal kick-off the Premier League campaign against Sunderland at the Emirates, and are a top priced 1.44 with BetVictor to bag all three points.

The Gunners will have to come to terms to life without last season’s leading goalscorer Robin van Persie following his move to Manchester United but everything suggests that they will win this encounter.

Arsene Wenger’s men have lost just one of their last 17 league games against the Black Cats and the gaffer has a good record in head-to-heads with their boss Martin O’Neill.

O’Neill has only won one of 16 Premier League meetings between the pair as a manager (W1 D6 L9), with that sole a 2-0 win coming at the Emirates with Aston Villa way back in November 2008.

Wenger certainly got things right tactically last season when Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-1 both home and away in the league, and a repeat of that scoreline is at 9.5 with BetVictor. I  also like the look of 3-1 at 12 with bet365 and split stakes on both looks the way to play.

The departure of van Persie has certainly given the first goalscorer market a far more open look than last season when the Dutchman was a red-hot favourite for every game and backing him was like going to a cash machine gone wrong.

You can now get 5 the field on who will net first, with new signing Lukas Podolski heading the market on that price with bet365.

bet365 also go a top price 6 about another new addition, Olivier Giroud, and that is where my money will be going.

The Frenchman has the physical presence to cause the Sunderland back-line all sorts of problems, and one of his major strengths is headers in the box.

That could well prove major plus in this clash given that 28% of the goals Sunderland conceded last season were headers.

Another cracking punt has got to be for Arsenal to score first.

The stats reveal that they scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes than any other team in the  League last season (12), so the 1.36 on offer with Paddy Power looks good if you like to play at odds-on.


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