As we look ahead to the next round of Premier League fixtures it’s time for our weekly assessment of the betting traction to be gained from the various aches, breaks, knocks and sprains the Premier League community are currently lumbered with.
Two of last season’s top-scoring foursome in Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are doubtful and missing respectively for this trip to the north east and it will be a tall order to expect Mesut Ozil to tear things up on his first Premier League outing.
The Gunners have scored more than one goal just once in their last seven visits to the Stadium of Light and both the 83/100 about under 2.5 net-bulgers and the 2/1 about exactly one Arsenal strike are appealing.
In the Citizens’ first match without Vincent Kompany this term they fell to a blush-worthy defeat at Cardiff, where they were fatally undermined by relatively bread and butter balls into the box.
With such projectiles still firmly embedded in the Stoke City DNA, the Potters can sully the City linen in the absence of the visitors’ cool-headed captain.
City should be able to rely on their embarrassment of attacking riches to register at the other end and it’s 91/100 that both sides score in the fixture.
The Anfield mob’s away win at Aston Villa was as attritional as they come, with their sole shot on target lucky enough to yield a goal.
Its scorer Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to be at the zenith of his powers if he makes his return from injury, while buccaneering full-back Glen Johnson’s creative charge will be missed and Luis Suarez remains suspended.
Given Liverpool have only mustered a single goal in each of their league outings so far (each coming from Sturridge) the 14/5 about them failing to breach the Swans’ rearguard is worth a ponder.