ARSENAL are playing stunning football at the moment and continued their amazing knack of scoring in both halves last weekend against Tottenham and landing one of my punts of the weekend at odds of 7-4.
They make the trip to Molineux for today’s early-evening kick-off and once again goals look on the agenda.
Mick McCarthy certainly won’t be relishing this visit and although he hasn’t faced a Big Four side yet this season, his record against them as Sunderland boss wasn’t great – losing eight out of eight.
Although they have only conceded two goals on home soil once, against West Ham, Arsenal have scored an incredible 32 goals in their ten games this term. In only one of their matches has there not been three or more goals scored, and seven of the 10 have produced at least four. It’s no surprise then to see the over 2.5 goals option heavily odds on, but I still like the look of there being over 3.5 goals. Arsenal are still susceptible to letting in the odd goal and that could make all the difference here.
The big game of the weekend takes place at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and I strongly fancy Chelsea to beat Manchester United. The Red Devils have lost three of their last ten away league games, failing to score in all three, and their recent record away to the Big Four is terrible. They’ve only taken one point from their last five such matches since 2008, but have also only managed to earn two points from a possible 18 at Stamford Bridge since 2003.
At 11-10 the Blues look a great bet to continue the Red Devils’ poor run against the big boys.
William Hill Charity Bet
EACH week I’ll place a £25 charity wager on an aspect of a Premier League or Championship game and, at the season’s end, the proceeds will be passed on to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Sunderland face Tottenham and there’ll be no-one in the visiting side looking forward to the clash as much as Darren Bent. Bent had an awful spell at Spurs, scoring just 18 league goals in 60 games. His current strike rate is eight goals in 11 outings for the Black Cats.
Bent has scored in three of Sunderland’s five away games this term and William Hill are top price among the bookies on him at 8-1 to grab the first goal and 11-4 to score at anytime. Blue Square rate him a 7-4 chance to score against his old club and I think that’s much nearer his true price. The 8-1 first goal appeals, but not as much as the 11-4 to get on the scoresheet at anytime.
Best bets this Weekend
Wolves vs Arsenal – Over 3.5 goals at 7-4 (Stan James)
Chelsea to beat Man Utd at 11-10 (Ladbrokes)
Darren Bent to score at anytime vs Spurs at 11-4 (William Hill)