Stoke City – Arsenal Betting Preview: Back Oliver Giroud to gun down the Potters

Mark Hughes men will be hoping to secure victory against the Gunners after a tear-jerking defeat at the Etihad Stadium

Arsenal pay a visit to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Stoke City in an English Premiership encounter.

The Gunners come into this game with a win that greeted their solid performance against Sunderland days after receiving a harsh lesson from Bayern Munich in the Uefa Champions League.

Wenger’s men could move to the summit of the English Premiership log if they grab a win in this game and expect that Chelsea falters against neigbours Fulham. Ladbrokes offer Arsenal as outstanding favorites in this fixture with available odds of 8/11 (1.72).

15th placed Stoke will hope to move far above the relegation waters by putting up a brave fight against the visitors. Even at this wishful thinking, Hughes’ men are massive underdogs according to Ladbrokes. They are a 4/1 (5.00) play to upset the Gunners at the end of 90 minutes with the draw backed at 11/4 (3.75).

You can back both teams to score at 17/20 (1.85) not minding the fact that the hosts have not won against Arsenal in any of their last five meetings.  However, they have only lost two games at home, in the league, this season. 

Giroud has scored 12 goals in 25 league appearances for Arsenal this term and, having scored twice against the Black Cats last week the 27-year-old striker will be hungry for more goals.

The French striker is chalked up at an appealing 7/2 (4.50) with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock this weekend while Potter’s Peter Crouch is on offer at a long odds of 8/1 (9.00) to get the curtain raiser.

For punters seeking more profits, expecting Arsenal to win to nil at 7/4 (2.75) is definitely a bet to bank on.

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