GunnersGaming by Betsson, Arsenal’s Official Betting Partner, give us the rundown on some of the markets on offer ahead of Saturday’s match against Blackburn...
Arsenal enter the weekend desperate to register their first win of 2012 and end a run of disappointing recent league results. The weekend takes on even greater importance with Chelsea playing Manchester United and Liverpool taking on Tottenham, guaranteeing the Gunners the chance to make up ground on whoever drops points.
While Blackburn may still be struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table with only four wins all season, the Gunners won’t need reminding that when the sides met earlier this season they were edged out 4-3 at Ewood Park. However Blackburn only had four shots on target that day and have not kept a clean sheet away from home since they did so at Emirates stadium in 2011, and that 23 games is a Premier League record.
Accordingly the Gunners are a short priced 3/10 (1.3) to win and it is 13/2 (7.5) for there to be more than 5.5 goals again. GunnersGaming tip is a 2-0 Arsenal win priced at an inviting 5/1 (6.0).
Rovers will be without influential striker Yakubu, who is serving the last game of his three-match suspension, and also their captain, Christopher Samba, but will still have attacking threats on the counter-attack from the likes of Junior Hoilett, David Dunn and Morten Gamst Pedersen. The Gunners on the other hand continue to welcome back players into the squad.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player that is growing in stature with every game and it is surely only a matter of time before he finds the net. Back him to do so on Saturday at a little under 2/1 (2.95). But if you are looking for a candidate to score Arsenal’s first goal it is hard to look past inspirational captain Robin van Persie, who is available at 9/4(3.25) to score first.
For those that enjoy the stats of the game, Blackburn average 4.7 corners per match, so there would appear good value in them getting over 3.5 priced at 6/5 (2.2).
GunnersGaming would like to wish the team all the best against Blackburn on Saturday. We are also offering three lucky fans the chance to win VIP tickets for them and a friend to watch next month’s North London derby! To be in with a chance of winning simply place a £25 bet online with GunnersGaming.com before February 13.
Odds correct at time of writing. Terms and conditions apply.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 3 Feb 2012