Arsenal - Sunderland Betting Preview: Expect few goals in this league clash

After a midweek disappointment, the Gunners will look to get back to winning ways against an improving Black Cats side, with Hugh Wilson backing a tight match
Arsenal's Champions League hopes are all-but-over after a 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The German champions took advantage of their extra man, with Wojciech Szczesny being sent off in the first half, which saw the European cup holders then cruise to victory.

The Gunners face relegation threatened Sunderland this Saturday, looking to keep pressure on Chelsea who play Everton earlier on Saturday.

Sunderland come into this match after winning seven of their last 10 matches. Gus Poyet seems to have got the Black Cats into shape after a tough start to the season. With a Capital One Cup Final and FA Cup quarter-final to come, he must make sure his side keep their concentration in the league to avoid the drop. bet365 price them at 9/1 (10.00) to beat Arsenal.

Despite the loss to Bayern at home, Arsene Wenger's side have been brilliant at the Emirates this season, staying unbeaten in the league since the first day of the season where they lost to Aston Villa. With only two wins recorded in their last five matches, this will be seen as a good opportunity for the Gunners to get back to winning ways. bet365 price them at 3/10 (1.33) to take all three points. The same firm price the draw at 4/1 (5.00).

Looking at the anytime goalscorer market, a couple of players may be worth backing, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Johnson both in fine form. However the 5/2 (3.50) and 5/1 (6.00) prices don't stand out.

Instead, it's worth looking at the total goals market in this fixture. Under 2.5 goals at 43/40 (2.08) with bet365 is a fantastic price when you consider it's paid out in Arsenals last nine league games at home. With the bet also landing in four of Sunderland's last five matches, it's tough to ignore.

Under 2.5 goals at 43/40 (2.08) 2pts stake with bet365

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