In terms of morale, there can't be too many Premier League teams lower on the scale than Middlesbrough and Arsenal at the moment.
The home side are drifting ominously towards relegation, with the sacking of Aitor Karanka seemingly had little to no effect on their chances of retaining top flight status.
The Gunners meanwhile, were humiliated in a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace a week ago and now sit 10 points behind fourth placed Manchester City, with doubts over Arsene Wenger's future continuing to add to the growing feeling of discontent within the Emirates fan base. The bookmakers expect the visitors to bounce back to winning ways here though, with Paddy Power going just 4/7 (1.57) on an Arsenal victory.
While that quote is unlikely to get too many punters excited for Monday's top flight clash, Paddy Power are offering anyone yet to sign up a vastly enhanced price on the away win.
Simply register using the link provided above, back Arsenal at the usual odds shown on site and if they win, Paddy Power will pay out at 7/1 (8.0) after the final whistle. Winnings paid as free bets. T&C's apply.
A draw would certainly appear to be more valuable for the hosts given their situation, who sit six points from safety, albeit with two games in hand and a vastly superior goal difference to 17th placed Hull City. The same firm go 10/3 (4.33) that the teams leave the Riverside with a share of the spoils.
A Boro win is available at 9/2 (5.50) for those who believe Steve Agnew's men are set to inflict a fifth consecutive Premier League away defeat on the Gunners although they do have the joint worst tally of home points (14) in the top tier this term.
With the match odds not presenting too much value, perhaps it's better to turn our attention to the other markets on offer, which could offer a better opportunity. Under 2.5 goals is available at 11/10 (2.10) and that could be worth a look.
The home side have looked wayward in attack for much of the campaign, scoring just 22 times in 31 matches, while Arsenal's attack looked woefully short of confidence at Selhurst Park.
Boro have played 15 games against the current top 10 teams this season, scoring just six times but they boast the joint fifth best defence overall.
The first aim for Agnew's men will be to keep Arsenal's forwards quiet, something they did in the reverse fixture, leaving the Emirates with a creditable 0-0 draw. With neither side coming into this clash with much confidence, especially up front, backing a low scoring, tight game looks the way to go at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power.
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