Relegated Sunderland could be in for a heavy beating on Tuesday, from an Arsenal team who have forced their way back into the top-four reckoning.
Relegated Sunderland could be in for a heavy beating on Tuesday, from an Arsenal team who have forced their way back into the top-four reckoning. Three straight wins have kept Arsenal in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League and few will expect them to slip up against the already relegated Black Cats.
Since changing formation to three defenders, the Gunners have won five out of six games, conceding in just two. At home, they’ve won nine of their last eleven matches - with Manchester City the only visitors to score against them in the last five games.
Arsenal come into this match as the favourites, with their recent form and home advantage. A win for Wenger's side comes at a very low (1.12) on SportyBet. Arsenal have won 8 of their last 10 encounters with Sunderland, but an unlikely loss will end their top four hopes.
Sunderland come into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home against Swansea, who have escaped relegation. They come into the match in poor form, having already lost four games, with only five points in their last six matches. The Black Cats have managed to score just 12 goals away from home this season, and have scored in only two of their last 12 Premier League games. Arsenal, meanwhile, have managed a few clean sheets recently, and another one in this tie is available at (1.64) on SportyBet.
The away side have been at the bottom for most of the season, losing 24 of their 36 matches, winning just six. An unlikely win for Sunderland is priced at a very high (20.27) on SportyBet, while a draw at the end of this encounter is available at (8.79).
Both teams are (2.11) on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Arsenal are Alexis Sanchez at (3.36) with Olivier Giroud at (3.34). For Sunderland, Jermain Defoe is at (11.34) with Victor Anichebe and Fabio Borini at (18.45) and (17.39) respectively.
Olivier Giroud has scored in three of his last four matches against Sunderland, and another goal from him to make it his fourth in five matches against the Black Cats is priced at (1.45) on SportyBet. A brace apiece from Giroud and Alexis Sanchez saw Arsenal beat Sunderland 4-1 back in October, and a goal for Sanchez anytime in the tie comes at (1.45).
The last time that these two sides met Arsenal won 4-1, and the odds of the same result are (12.76).
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