GunnersGaming by Betsson, Arsenal’s Official Betting Partner, give us the rundown on some of the markets on offer ahead of Monday's match against Fulham...
The last two weeks have shown exactly why the Barclays Premier League is the best league in the world. Everyone dropped points and enjoyed both the highs and lows of a crazy festive period. While the Gunners may have been disappointed with a home draw against Wolves, other results have ensured that ground has been gained on the leaders and we start 2012 occupying the all-important fourth spot.
However, there is certainly no time to be resting on any laurels. The games continue to come thick and fast and the transfer window has swung open. As usual there is plenty of noise but we will have to wait and see whether that results in a frenzy of business. Arsène Wenger won’t have Thierry Henry in his ranks for tonight’s game, but the Arsenal legend’s presence alone is already having a positive impact on both fans and players.
The Gunners make the short trip across the capital today for their second London derby in a row. They ground out a crucial win on Saturday and it will take similar performance to leave the Cottage with all 3 points tonight. The Cottagers have proved a difficult obstacle in recent encounters with the last 2 games between the sides finishing in draws. Indeed Fulham have also drawn both their last outings, including a notable point at Stamford Bridge. The draw is priced at a rewarding 7/3 (3.35)
However, Fulham continue to be unpredictable this season and the Gunners will be hoping to find their hosts in the festive spirit that gifted 5 goals to Man United, rather than the Scrouge like display that earned them a draw at the Bridge! The Gunners have struggled for goals recently, only scoring more than 1 goal in a game once in their last 6 outings. They will be hoping that they can start 2012 in a more positive note and are priced at Evens (2.04) to score more than 1.5 goals.
The festive period pushes squads to the limit and the Gunners will continue to re shuffle their back line with Thomas Vermaelen’s injury against QPR. Fulham too are likely to be missing some key personnel with Zamora and Johnson struggling to be fit to take their places in the Cottagers attack.
Robin van Persie broke Thierry Henry’s record for goals in a calendar year but fell just short of Alan Shearer’s. He will be hoping to maintain that form and make 2012 another record-breaking year. He is 9/10 (1.9) to start the year with a goal. This could be Gervinho’s last game before the Africa Cup of Nations so he will hope to leave with his name on the scoresheet and is available at a rewarding 19/10 (2.9)
It is sure to be a tough game and likely to be settled by the odd goal, back Arsenal to win by a one-goal margin priced at 29/10 (3.9) or for better value a 1-0 win priced at 29/5 (6.85) or 2-1 win at 36/5 (8.2)
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