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Rupert Wyman 17th Sep 2010 - 17:30

It's Gunner be a cricket score

Arsenal  haven't won the Premier League since 2005 and at the start of the season not many were expecting that to change this time around. However the form they have shown so far has given their fans renewed hope that this could be their year both domestically and in Europe.

William Hill have reacted cautiously to their form by cutting their odds on winning the Premier League from a starting price of 6/1 to 5/1. That is still a very tempting price for Gunners fans if their young team can keep the pace.

They travel to Sunderland on Saturday hoping to keep up the pressure on the leaders Chelsea.  Arsenal are 4/6 to win and I think that is a fair price against an average Sunderland side. The hosts are 9/2, with a draw priced up at 5/2.

Whilst I am confident Arsenal will win this one their recent trips to the Stadium of light have not been too productive losing last season thanks to a Darren Bent goal and drawing back in 2008. The fact they have had trouble here should mean there is no complacency from the visitors this weekend.

Sunderland will need to keep their discipline if they are to get anything from the game, something they have failed to do so far this season. Lee Cattermole was dismissed on the opening day against Birmingham and then again last time out at Wigan, leaving the field before half-time in both fixtures.

On boths occasions the North East club lost a winning position in the closing stages,  as the extra man advantage told.

Record signing Asamoah Gyan will be hoping for his full debut having stepped off the bench to open his account for the Black Cats at the DW Stadium with an excellent finish and could be handed a starting role alongside Darren Bent.

Gyan is 7/1 to score first and 2/1 to score anytime. If you think he will have a dream debut you can get a whopping 50/1 on him to become an instant hero with the Wearside faithful by scoring a hat trick.

For Arsenal Carlos Vela has shown great finishing in recent games and could force his way into the starting XI, he is a tempting 6/1 to open the scoring.

The OPTA stats throw up an interesting fact - Cesc Fabregas has scored a 90th minute goal in two of his last three Premier League appearances against Sunderland. He is 13/2 to score the last goal.

I like the look of Arsenal this season and I am not too impressed with Steve Bruce's men. Therefore, I am going for a comfortable away win. Arsenal/Arsenal on the double result at 6/4 provides good value. The outside bet is Arsenal to win 4-0 at 22/1 and as I expect an attacking performance over 3.5 goals at 2/1 is also worth a punt.

The game kicks off at 17:30 and is live on ESPN

 
 
 

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