Struggling Sunderland’s form has started to pick up at the Stadium of Light with a win and a draw from their last two matches, although their recent performances away from the north-east suggest Arsenal can be counted on to earn all three points when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Sunday.
While the Gunners have undeniably made a stuttering start to the season, the fact that they have won five of the six games they have played at home has largely been overlooked.
Instead, attention has centred on Arsenal’s record of three defeats and a draw from four league games on the road.
But with the clash against Sunderland being played in north London, victory for Arsenal looks assured and the Gunners are priced at 21/50 to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
That said, recent results between the two sides suggest any Arsenal victory is unlikely to be earned with too much to spare.
None of their last seven games has contained more than two goals, making an Arsenal success with under 2.5 goals in the match an attractive prospect at odds of 29/10.
A successful £25 free bet on Arsenal to beat Sunderland with under 2.5 goals would return £97.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Alternatively, punters could take advantage of Sunderland’s propensity to let in early goals and back Arsenal to be ahead at the interval as well as the final whistle.
The Black Cats have conceded five goals in the first 30 minutes of matches, which is more than half of their overall total, meaning Arsenal/Arsenal at half time/full time holds appeal at odds of 21/20.
And with Sunderland scoring just twice away from home this season, an Arsenal 2-0 win holds value at 6/1 given this scoreline contains, like the seven games involving the two sides before it, fewer than three goals.
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