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Rich 25th Aug 2012 - 11:57

Gunners prepare to storm the Potteries

From the first weekend of Premier League action, both of these teams have a right to feel aggrieved, after Arsenal stumbled to a 0-0 at home to Sunderland after missing a hot of chance, most notably a bad miss by debutant Olivier Giroud.

For Stoke, an away draw saw them lose a 1-0 lead late on due to a dodgy awarding of a penalty after the referee had correctly played advantage. The early kick off in a this Sunday double promises to be a tight affair, but who will take the advantage as William Hill offers our best prices on your team throughout the season?

Stoke City are now an established Premier League outfit, and their direct style of football has, over the past few seasons, seen them frustrate Arsenal on many occasions, with the North London side failing to ‘do the double' over the Potters since their return to the top flight. Their 14th place finish last year was their lowest in their three years in the league, and although they were never in real danger of being relegated, it wasn't far away. An improvement to Tony Pulis' set up will be needed, but with the lack of additions to the squad, Stoke fans have reason to worry. With Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch will be the main strike pair for the Staffordshire side, with the former Spurs and Portsmouth striker racking up an impressive 7 goals against the Gunners in his Premier League career. If you think that Crouch will score in a Stoke win at the Britannia, then click here to view the Enhanced Anytime Wincast and our full range of football betting on Stoke City v Arsenal.

For the Gunners, last week's draw was emblematic of issues the club has faced over the last few seasons. Without a piece of silverware since their FA Cup win in 2005, it will be 8 years between trophies if they can win one this season, with it more likely for that baron spell to continue. The signings of Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla have signalled a move to bring a more cut throat edge to the Gunners' attack, and with all the negatives surrounding van Persie's exit, people seem to have forgotten his chequered injury record, and the fact his contract was due to expire at the end fo the season. Of course, the main man for Arsenal this season will be former Cologne and Bayern Munich forward Lukas Podolski. With Cazorla creating seven chances last week, the most in the league, Podolski is likely to latch on to one. Click here to bet on the Enhanced Anytime Wincast off Podolski to score anytime in an Arsenal win.

It hasn't been a great calendar year for Stoke, with them picking up a measly 20 points in their 20 games, but expect a fast start from Pulis' team, who have scored first in all home games against the north London side, of which four matches saw their first goal in the first 11 minutes. To view our goal markets on the Stoke v Arsenal game, click here.

Coverage of this game starts at 13:00 on Sky Sports one, kicking off at 13:30.

 

 
 
 

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