A Half Time Draw Is The Stand Out Bet For Stoke v Arsenal

Arsenal are looking to boost their slim hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke on Saturday evening, although the Gunners may have to be patient...

  • There hasn't been a single goal first-half goal scored in Arsenal's past four league outings
  • Stoke have trailed at half-time in only three of their eighteen home games
  • Stoke are winless against the top-five this season - Drawn One, Lost Eight

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Arsenal are still in the hunt for a top-four spot thanks to the failings of the teams above them, as well as a run of four wins in their past five league outings. Arsene Wenger's side are 8/11 (Bet Victor) for another three points on Saturday and they are unbeaten in the past four Stoke v Arsenal fixtures (won three, drawn one).

However, Arsenal haven't always enjoyed this trip to Stoke as they have won just one of their past twelve visits in all competitions (drawn three, lost eight) and patience may be a virtue against the mid-table Potters, who appear to be on their summer holidays already if their return of one win from the past nine league matches is anything to go by.
Match Odds:

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8/13 8/13 8/13 8/13 3/5 13/20 8/13 4/6
10/3 10/3 29/10 3 3 33/10 16/5 16/5
4 4 15/4 15/4 17/4 17/4 4 4

A Slow Burner

The Britannia Stadium isn't quite the fortress of old as Stoke have failed to win eleven of their eighteen home league games this season and they aren't exactly the 'up and at 'em' side that they once were.

The Potters once relished causing upsets against the big teams but it is telling that they are winless against the top-five this season (drawn one, lost eight), scoring a meagre six goals and conceding an eye-watering 29 in the process.

Arsenal should win this game but it is difficult to back them with any confidence and we prefer to back the half-time draw at 6/4 (Bet 365) as there hasn't been a single first-half goal scored in Arsenal's past four outings, with B365 going 5/2 about another 0-0 scoreline at half-time.

In fact, the Gunners have led at half-time in only twelve of their 35 games all season, while Stoke have trailed at the break in just three of their eighteen home fixtures.

Arsenal do tend to come alive in the second-half of away games as 23 of their 32 goals on the road have come in the second period, so if you do fancy the Gunners it may be worth a look at the half-time draw and full-time Arsenal win at 4/1 (Betfred).
Half-Time and Full-Time Result Odds:

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6/4 13/8 7/4 7/4 13/8 13/8 6/4 17/10
7/2 4 18/5 18/5 15/4 4 7/2 7/2
5 6 11/2 11/2 6 6 6 5
7 7 7 7 13/2 8 6 15/2
9 11 9 9 10 10 9 9
12 16 14 14 14 17 14 14
12 16 14 14 14 19 14 14
14 20 20 20 18 25 22 20
35 40 40 40 40 35 40 40

Posted: Thursday, 11th May 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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