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Stoke City vs Arsenal

Stoke City vs Arsenal – Arsenal travel to Britannia Stadium on 13th May, Saturday to face Stoke City in a crucial English Premier League fixture.

The Gunners need to win all of their remaining three league matches as well as hope that some of the other results go their way to have a shot at qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Arsenal are fifth in the league standings with sixty-six points while Stoke City are thirteenth with forty-one points. Arsenal won back-to-back against Manchester United and Southampton with 2-0 scorelines while Stoke City have drawn both of their previous two games in the league.

Team News

Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are sidelined through injuries for the hosts while the visitors will be without the injured Santi Cazorla.

Stoke City Possible Starting Lineup: Jack Butland, Glen Johnson, Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Marc Muniesa, Geoff Cameron, Glenn Whelan, Xherdan Shaquiri, Joe Allen, Marko Arnautovic, Mame Biram Diouf.

Arsenal Possible Starting Lineup: Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Gibbs, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud.

“Traditionally there is a fierce rivalry and they had always a very direct game against us. Stoke are now regular participants in the Premier League for years, and that means that anybody who goes there is in trouble. We have to show character again. We know we have to play to win the games, so let’s keep the focus on the way we want to play and on our team spirit.”

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal.

Contributor’s Pick

According to Stoke City vs Arsenal H2H Stats, Arsenal have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five matches against Stoke City. However, Stoke are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Arsenal in all competitions.

It should be a closely contested affair but Arsenal are likely to win 2-1 tonight.

KENYA Manu2016 Stoke finally look to be back on the right track after a very difficult spell of form, with their 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth being a very good result considering The Cherries form at home and Stoke’s recent misery.

They have still won just one of their last nine matches in the Premier League, but only one of their last four has ended in defeat and with just two points separating them from the top half of the table a top half finish is still well within their sights.

Unsurprisingly the majority of The Potters’ miserable form came on the road, and the bet365 Stadium remains somewhat of a fortress. They have lost just two of their last 12 home games in the Premier League, and both of those were only narrow margins of victory, against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool. To make matters even more promising, they haven’t lost at home to Arsenal in any of their last six hostings of them.

The Gunners strengthened their top four ambitions in midweek with a rather fortunate 2-0 win away to Southampton, putting them three points behind Manchester City and ahead of Manchester United.

Arsenal may be returning to form but there are still significant question marks over their ability. They have won just six of their last 13 Premier League matches, and away from home they have only won three of their last 11 and have lost seven times.

This torrid form on the road tips the scales in Stoke’s favour. The hosts have proven much more difficult to beat at home than the likes of Swansea, Middlesbrough, and Southampton – The only teams Arsenal have beaten away from home since the start of December, and their recent record against Arsenal is impressive. Odds of 1.650 for a Stoke +1.0 Asian Handicap win look great value for money, so I’m backing that along with a 2-2 correct score predictions

2-2 Draw
BELGIUM berts There are "other rumours around".... I bet correct score 0-1 or 0-2, Arsenal to win

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