Diary of a Punter: Back Arsenal to continue their winning streak

Simon picked a winner last week as Steven Fletcher scored against Wigan and our punter is sticking with the Sunderland frontman as well as backing the Gunners at West Ham
Well, what do you know, I only went and actually landed a winning bet last week. After three dismal betting weeks where I had racked up more L’s than a chain of pizza delivery boys’ motorbikes, I finally managed to find a winner and an almighty profit for the week of £1. You heard, one whole English pound.

Ok, I understand that you are probably not quite as excited as me about this but ultimately profit is profit and managing to turn a dismal run around is a massive thing in the betting world. Like I said last week, I do not know one punter that has not had an awful run of form.

"As we all know, Fletcher will be the main threat for Sunderland and has to be followed in at a huge price - 7/2 with Paddy Power - to score"

- Simon is sticking with the in-form Scot this week

The bet that came in last week was Steven Fletcher getting on the scoresheet at any time for Sunderland. He is still the only player to score for them this season and now has five to his name. The £14m price tag is not looking so silly now but let’s just hope, for all Mackems at least, that they keep him injury free.

The other bet I had was for Huddersfield to win at home to Watford. Coasting at 1-0 up, Huddersfield conspired to lose the match 3-2 and deny me of some extra profit.

It also seems to have kick-started a bad run of form for Huddersfield too, as they lost out to perennial underachievers Leicester City during the midweek Championship fixtures; but you can’t blame me for that!

Last week's £20 free bet winner

We had another winner of the Paddy Power £20 betting competition – Drinu Francalanza took the prize with a double on Liverpool and Sunderland both to win against Norwich and Wigan respectively. This was priced up at 121/50 and was enough to see off all other entries. The competition is open again for this week so see below for further details.

Arsenal HT/FT v West Ham at 2/1 (3.0)

My first bet of this weekend is going to be in the late kick-off when West Ham hosts Arsenal at Upton Park.

In the last nine games that these two sides have met, West ham have not managed to win one and have only managed a draw in two of these meetings. It has been a near-Arsenal white wash and I cannot see that ending this weekend.

Whilst Sam Allardyce’s side are looking comfortable enough in the league, getting a great away win at QPR on Monday night, they are by no means guaranteed to stay up this season and there will be plenty of lessons learnt during the next few months.

Andy Carroll may be back for the Hammers, and he will cause problems for Arsenal's back line, but the wealth of talent that Arsene Wenger has at his disposal should be far too much.

When they are on form, they can be unstoppable. The addition of Santi Cazorla to the midfield has been inspired, whilst Lukas Podolski has found his Premier League feet now and the Gunners are playing exceptionally well together.

In both of Arsenal’s Premier League victories and all of their competitive game victories this season, apart from Wednesday's win, they have been in front at half-time, and that is the bet for me today – taking Arsenal HT/Arsenal FT at 2/1 (3.0). £15 of my bankroll goes on this.

Anytime goalscorer double: Steven Fletcher (7/2) and Rickie Lambert (9/5). Double returns 53/5 (11.6)

This week’s second bet comes in the form of an any time goalscorer double and involves both Fletcher - this is becoming a habit now - and Rickie Lambert.

Fletcher will line up for Sunderland as they visit the Etihad to play Manchester City. Now, obviously you have to favour Mancini’s side for the win but the truth is, this season at least, City have looked poor defensively and have conceded in every competitive game so far.

Therefore, as we all know, Fletcher will be the main threat for Sunderland and has to be followed in at a huge price (7/2 with Paddy Power) to score.

Lambert should start for Southampton against Fulham and the Saints have only failed to score in a competitive game once this season, whilst Fulham have conceded in five of the seven competitive games they have been involved in so far.

Lambert has also scored four of the 10 goals that Southampton have netted and is a major threat in most situations, whilst he also takes the penalties.

Considering he’s at home and the main striker, the 9/5 (3.20) for his anytime scoring chances is also big.

However, I will be putting them into a double which pays out at a mighty 11.6/1 with Paddy Power. £5 of my bankroll will be going onto this.

Win a £20 free bet thanks to Paddy Power

Wherever you are this weekend, enjoy your football and your betting and remember that we have got a £20 free bet to give away each week thanks to Paddy Power. To win just email your best tip for the weekend with the word "PPTwenty" in the subject line.

Be it a well-priced single, an ambitious multiple or any other bet available in all of Paddy Power's football markets around the world for games taking place on October 6 or 7; surely you can find a winning tip! Just send in your selection, the price available at Paddy Power, and include "PPTwenty" in the subject line before midday on Saturday to enter. Good luck!

Diary of a Punter: Simon's Selections this week
Balance at the start of the week: £405.50
Profit on the season: -£94.50
Arsenal HT/FT v West Ham: £15 at 2/1 (3.0) with Paddy Power
Fletcher and Lambert anytime double: £5 at 53/5 (11.6) with Paddy Power
Total staked this week: £20

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Simon Pilkington is a sports writer, an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and has been betting on sports for the past 13 years. Follow Simon on

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