Liverpool were the first fat cat who tried and failed to lacerate Aston Villa’s unbeaten bubble this season and soft touch Arsenal will become the second.
A price of 19/20 says the hosts will avoid defeat when the Gunners are in town and ranks well worth a bet given the dreary form of the away side in the fledgling stages.
An underwhelming start to proceedings means the north Londoners’ 17/20 for victory should be swerved at all costs.
Expecting the Villans to repeat their Anfield heroics may well prove too big an ask at 16/5, but their double-chance price looks a safe bet, here’s why:
A wafer-thin defensive department hasn’t kept a single clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
Crystal Palace and Leicester are rarely recognised for their fearsome frontlines, yet they had no trouble breaching the Gunners’ backline.
Borussia Dortmund savagely exploited their comedic attempt of compensating for having no holding-midfielders with Mikel Arteta and Villa’s counter-attacking inclinations will pose a similar threat to Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Villans swerved defeat against each of last term’s top-four finishers at least once.
Chelsea and Manchester City were felled at Villa Park, a feat which Arsenal themselves suffered on their own patch.
Last season’s 2-2 draw on the red half of Merseyside was followed by a 1-0 win this time around as they outlined their intent to jam up the spokes in the big guns’ wheels once again.
Arsenal’s 2013/14 twilight road-game travails lend further to Paul Lambert’s charges here.
With just three wins in their last 14 away matches, the north Londoners find themselves in similar form to notoriously woeful travellers Villa.
Their Dortmund defeat last time out was the fourth time from as many outings this campaign that the spoils have eluded the Gunners.