Arsenal v Bournemouth Betting: Waiting for goals looks the smart play

Arsene Wenger's men host Eddie Howe's side in the Premier League and our tipster expects most of the scoring to be done after the break at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal are aiming to get back to winning ways when they play host to Bournemouth. Arsene Wenger's men have been held in each of their last three fixtures and, having twice spurned the opportunity to move to the top of the Premier League table, the frustration engulfing the Gunners - and their supporters - is palpable.

Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, too, could also prove costly, for the north Londoners now look likely to miss out on top spot in their Champions League group and a potentially easier route to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Nevertheless, Arsenal will look to take the positives from their position: Wenger's men are unbeaten in their last 18 games in all competitions and the Gunners are chalked up as bet365's 4/11 (1.36) favourites to beat Bournemouth in north London.

Eddie Howe's side claimed their first away win of the league campaign last weekend, taking all three points against Stoke City and bet365 offer 7/1 (8.0) that the Cherries follow up with victory here, although they will be without on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere. The 15/4 (4.75) quote from the same firm for the game to end in stalemate could well prove popular, for the selection would have landed in three of Arsenal's last four games on home turf.

Arsenal won 2-0 in both matches between these two teams last season and the odds compilers offer 15/2 (8.50) that the scoreline is repeated in a third successive game, while bet365's 6/4 (2.50) quote for Wenger's men to win to nil looks to be a solid selection given that it would have landed in five of the Gunners' last seven Premier League wins on home soil.

Bournemouth smashed six past Hull City at Vitality Stadium last month, but have managed just two goals in four fixtures since then, while the Cherries have yet to find the net against Arsenal, having drawn a blank in each of the previous three competitive meetings between the teams.

Nevertheless, the odds compilers offer 3/4 (1.75) that there are goals at both ends this time around - a selection that would have landed in each of Arsenal's last five matches in all competitions; the north Londoners have conceded the opening goal in both of their two most recent games and the visitors can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) to score first on Sunday.

Better value lies in backing late drama when these two teams lock horns though, for nine of the last 11 Premier League goals scored in matches involving Arsenal have come in the second half.

The even money (2.0) quote from bet365, therefore, for most of the scoring to be done during the second half offers outstanding value for punters and it is this price that should be snapped up accordingly.

Second half to be the highest scoring half at even money (2.0) for a 2pt stake with bet365