Another weekend of pulsating Premier League action is upon us, here’s our Betting preview for Arsenal’s visit to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City.
Arsenal travel to the Liberty Stadium this afternoon to take on League Cup winners Swansea City looking to put their painful Champions League exit to Bayern Munich behind them. Arsene Wenger knows victory today is vital if his men are to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League again next season, with the Gunners currently trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by five points with Spurs a further two points ahead.
With Chelsea hosting West Ham and Spurs entertaining Fulham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, the Gunners could find themselves well off the pace if they fail to pick up maximum points this weekend, so the pressure is on the north Londoners today.
The Swans shocked Arsenal in the reverse league fixture running out deserved 2-0 victors at the Emirates back in December, with Spanish hitman Michu doing the damage with a late double. The pair met again in the FA Cup and after a 2-2 stalemate at the Liberty, Arsenal won the replay thanks to a late strike from Jack Wilshere.
Swansea have won their last three home games against Newcastle, QPR and Stoke but their overall form is patchy with three away defeats and a draw thrown into the mix as well. Arsenal have lost two of their previous three away games with a 1-0 win at Sunderland sandwiched in between defeats at Tottenham and Chelsea.
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The software has crunched the numbers and their algorithm predicts a narrow away victory for Arsenal with a home win seem as a 30% shot, the draw comes out at 34% with the Gunners seen as having a 36% chance of winning the game. Paddy Power are currently offering odds of 5/4 for an Arsenal win, but we like to look for a little more value with our bets.
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Many would suggest Michu is the man to watch in this game given his stunning form this season and the fact he’s put three past the Gunners already this season, but we think Olivier Giroud is the one to keep an eye on today.
The big Frenchman has been a bit hit and miss this season since his move from Montpellier but he seems like a confidence player who scores his goals in patches. After an impressive run of 7 goals in 5 games he recently went almost 500 minutes without a goal, but he broke that run with a goal against Bayern on Wednesday and we can see him causing the Swans back-line problems and getting on the scoresheet again this weekend. Paddy Power are offering odds of 6/1 that Giroud will be the first goalscorer, and along with Arsenal to win 2-1, those would be our two betting tips for this fixture.
What would be your score predictions for the game and who would be your player to watch? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.