Stoke, too, were held on the opening day of the new season by Premier League new boys Reading, and Tony Pulis will be hoping that home comforts will be the key to his side taking their first three points of the season against the visitors from north London.
Britannia Stadium has not been an especially happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent seasons and, in fact, the Gunners have won just one of the last four meetings between the sides when the Potters have had home advantage.
Nevertheless, Paddy Power make the visitors their even money (2.0) favourites to pick up the win on Sunday with Stoke available at 11/4 (3.75) with the same firm to grab victory in their maiden home fixture of the season. Draw backers may be tempted by the 12/5 (3.40) quote offered by the Irish odds compiler.
Arsenal may have drawn a blank last week but five of the last six meetings between these two sides has seen both sides hit the target and the 8/11 (1.73) for both teams to score again here cannot be ignored.
Tony Pulis will be hoping that the physical presence of striker Peter Crouch will help to unsettle the Arsenal defence, and the former Tottenham Hotspur striker is chalked up at 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power to open his account for the season with the first goal here, while likely strike partner Jonathan Walters can be backed at 8/1 (9.0) to break the deadlock.
Arsenal’s attack is likely to be led by Germany international Lukas Podolski, and the man who joined the Gunners from Koln in the summer is chalked up at 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power to bag the opener.
Santi Cazorla, who enjoyed an impressive debut against Sunderland for Arsene Wenger’s side, is chalked up at a hugely appealing 8/1 (9.0) with the same firm to open the scoring here.
Four of the last six meetings between the sides have produced a 3-1 scoreline and, with that in mind, the 11/10 (2.10) on offer with Paddy Power for more than three goals to be scored here is outstanding value and should be snapped up.
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