5th place Arsenal travel to play 13th place Stoke as they are looking to keep up the momentum and make it three wins in a row. The Gunners enter this game full of confidence and with a great morale after two important wins in the last 2 rounds (2-0 home with Manchester United and 2-0 away at Southampton). They are 3 points behind 4th place Manchester City and 4 below 3rd place Liverpool. They are fighting with all their powers to finish in top 4 and earn a lucrative Champions League position. Their only tough match from the last three fixtures of the season is the clash against Everton in the last round. If they will win 9 points till the end of this term they have a good chance to finish the season in top 4. Stoke were held to a 2-2 draw last round away by Bournemouth. They could yet finish in top 10 in they pick up a win in this encounter. Stoke have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches against Arsenal.
The hosts have a really poor season with big ups and downs but one thing is for sure, Stoke are safe from the relegation zone and they have nothing to play for so we might see a squad rotation in the last 2 fixtures of the season. The Gunners will try to take advantage of their great form, increase the gap on the Red Devils and wait for some negative results from Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners have won four of their last five EPL games since adopting a three-man defense and despite missing Laurent Koscielny they were able to keep a clean sheet against The Saints.
Arsenal’s fans are waiting the end of the season to see if Arsene Wenger will continue to manage their team or not. According to club director Dick Law, Wenger has the full support of the Arsenal board and strongly hinted Wenger will remain at the Emirates next season. And who knows, he might stay if his team will qualify once again in the Champions League group stages.
As usual at this time of the year we should back Arsenal to win games. We doubled our investment in each of the last two rounds and it’s time to continue even though the odds are smaller this time @1.72 with the green listed bookmaker Bet365. We expect another rock-solid defensive performance from The Gunners with Sanchez and Ozil solving the match in the attack. Another good approach is the goals market as we don’t expect a lot of goals.
Best picks for the match:
Arsenal to win @1.72 with Bet365
Under 3 goals AH (Asian Handicap) @1.9 with Betfair