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Stoke City v Arsenal Betting: Gunners capable of building early momentum

6:05 pm AEST 18/8/17
Olivier Giroud Arsenal Leicester City Premier League
Although not entirely convincing in their opening win over Leicester, Al Hain-Cole expects the visitors to prove too strong for Mark Hughes' team

Arsenal will be hoping to build on their dramatic opening victory over Leicester when they travel to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City in Saturday's Premier League clash.

The Gunners scored twice in the last 10 minutes to come back from 3-2 in a 4-3 victory at the Emirates Stadium and are 43/50 (1.86) favourites with MarathonBet to follow that up with another three points here.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes' team went down 1-0 at Everton in their first game of the season, but can be backed at 18/5 (4.60) to bounce back by coming out on top in this one.

Just one of the last nine encounters between these teams has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 71/25 (3.84) on offer on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.

While they may have emerged with maximum points, the performance against Leicester was met with many of the same criticisms that have followed Arsene Wenger's side consistently over the last few seasons.

With defensive injuries stacking up, a makeshift backline looked far from convincing in a match that could easily have resulted in defeat on another day.

The more pessimistic section of the support will therefore be feeling rather nervous as their team prepare to take on a club that has become a renowned as a bogey team in recent seasons.

However, it feels like a long time since the Potters were making a habit of bullying Wenger's less physical side, with last season's clash at the bet365 Stadium ending in an emphatic 4-1 win for the guests.

As well as a first home defeat against the Londoners in seven years, that result was also a seventh defeat in 12 league matches for Hughes' men - a run that has provided just two victories.

In contrast, Arsenal have actually now won eight out of nine fixtures in the league, as well as lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield in that period.

All in all, those 43/50 (1.86) odds actually appear rather generous on the visitors defying the critics and coming out on top against an underwhelming Stoke side.

Arsenal to win for a 2pt stake at 43/50 (1.86) with MarathonBet