Wenger looking to deal harsh judgement to Villains – Betting Preview
Before last weekend, it is safe to say that Arsenal fans would have been anxious in the face of a derby game with Tottenham Hotspur, followed by a must-win Champions League tie against Montpellier. Well, two emphatic victories later, and Gunners' fans can breathe easier, yet a trip to Villa Park has often provided a tough challenge to the North Londoners.
The home team, off the back of a 5-0 shellacking at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, come to the end of a tough run of fixtures in this Saturday evening kickoff, but after two consecutive losses, will hope for more luck here. The return of Darren Bent from a three game absence is a timely one, and the England striker is in line to start in an attempt to revive Villa's strike power, which has yielded only four goals in the last six games. Andreas Weimann, scorer of both goals in a 3-2 home loss to Manchester United two weeks ago, is 9/1 to bag the first here, and will definitely be looking to deliver a similar impact in front of the home faithful, but it is Belgian striker Christian Benteke who takes our fancy in this game. We have enhanced his price to score anytime in a Villa win to 7/1 (from 5/1).
Of course, Paul Lambert will know that, as we seemed to have reached that time of the year, performances will need to improve if he is to avoid speculation mounting about his job security, and whilst he is currently sitting at 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager out of a job, a poor run of form leading up to Christmas could see that price drop dramatically. His counterpart in this game is, naturally, a high price to be the next to go, and with Arsenal slowly reviving their season after some poor early results, their only November loss came at Old Trafford, and Arsene Wenger will look to close the month out with a win.
After last week's convincing win over Spurs, the Gunners are riding a wave of positivity, yet their bubble was somewhat burst by the shoulder injury Theo Walcott picked up in the week, and after bossing the derby, he will be missing here, but Arsenal can rel yon other members of their attacking core. Olivier Giroud seems to have found some form, scoring in three straight, and he is EVS to grab a goal anytime. However, it is the dynamic Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla that has found himself once again at the centre of our attentions, as his anytime wincast price has been enhanced to 7/1 (from 5/1).
Coverage of this game begins at 16:30 on ESPN, kicking-off an hour later, and with William Hill - the Home of Betting, you cna bet now, and in-play on over 100 markets!
Best Bet: This pair often serve up a goalfest, so why not back the over 3.5 goals at 13/8.
Worth a fiver: With Arsenal facing only their fourth away Premier League trip in two months, expect a slow start. £5 on the Draw/Arsenal Double Result at 15/4 could see some profit.