Arsenal are as short as even money to win in Stoke for just the second time in the Premier League era, having caught their hosts amid a poor run of results.
The Potters have won just one of their last seven outings in all competitions.
Not only that but their aura of invincibility at the Britannia Stadium is well and truly on the slide, having already lost more games at home than in the entire 2013/14 campaign.
Yet even though the Gunners boast the Premier League’s fourth-best away record this term they’re still expected to find victory in the Potteries beyond them.
Stoke are 11/4 to register consecutive home wins against Arsenal, while the draw is 23/10, but the 39/50 about the hosts in the double-chance betting looks the way to play here.
Why? Because for one thing Mark Hughes’ men are in better form than the bare results suggest, having been unlucky to come away from visits to Anfield and Old Trafford with nothing to show for their efforts.
Arsenal’s away victories this season have been picked up against opponents at monumentally low ebb.
After draws against Leicester and Everton they got the road-win ball rolling with victory over an Aston Villa side green about the gills from a sickness bug.
Next they downed Sunderland, still nervy from flashbacks to the 8-0 thrashing they’d sustained at Southampton the previous weekend.
Most recently the north Londoners chiselled a 1-0 win from West Brom that was the third loss in a Baggies run of four defeats.
Meanwhile Stoke’s defeats at home this season all came against sides such as Aston Villa, Leicester and Burnley, against whom they were expected to dominate possession.
The visit of Arsenal will allow them to once again assume their favoured spoiling role, a change of focus expected to bring them at least a point for their efforts.