Arsenal are on a roll and the bookmakers have taken no chances by chalking them up at a top price of 1.44 to beat West Brom at the Emirates and continue their rise up the table.
However if form is anything to go by then they have got it right and Arsene Wenger’s men should bag another valuable three points.
The Gunners are now unbeaten in last six matches in all competitions and come into this following a brilliant 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
That win made it three wins on the bounce in the Premiership and took them into seventh place in the table – just three points off a top four position.
Robin van Persie made it 28 goals in his last 27 league games with a brilliant hat-trick against Chelsea, and given that he did us a massive favour when scoring last week at a whopping 3.3 to net anytime there is no reason not to stick with him repeating the dose again.
The flying Dutchman is a standout 4.33 with bet365 to net the opener, and that has to be worth a punt given that he is generally a 3.75 shot.
Unfortunately there is no odds-against available about him netting anytime during the 90 minutes this weekend, with 1.73 the best price on offer with bet365 and Boylesports. However that looks more than fair and better value than backing Arsenal in the outright market at 1.44.
But it’s the betting for when the first goal is scored that really catches my eye.
There have been four goals scored in the opening 10 minutes of the last four league meetings between Arsenal and West Brom, and the Baggies have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes (five) than any other Premier League team this term.
Paddy Power go 1.91 that a goal is score in the first 22 minutes, and the stat suggests that’s a great bet.
However they also go 4 about a goal in the first 10 minutes while bet365 offer 4.5 about the opener coming between 11 and 20 minutes.
Therefore if you are prepared to sacrifice a couple of minutes you could back both offers with split stakes you will get a better return on your investment.
If the first one cops you get even money (2), while the latter will pay 2.2 – compared to 1.91 for a goal in the first 22 minutes.
Both teams to score also looks a good bet at 1.8 with Betfred.
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