Arsenal are a top priced 1.62 with Betfred and Paddy Power to extend their unbeaten run and beat QPR at Loftus Road this weekend and look worthy odds-on shots to bag another vital three points.
The Gunners’ 3-0 win over Villa last weekend meant that they now have the joint-longest run of consecutive league wins (7) in 2011-12 Premier League.
They last won eight in a row back in March 2004, and everything suggests they will match that in this clash.
QPR have lost the plot since Mark Hughes took over, and have picked up more red cards this season than any other team (6).
Half of those have come since Sparky’s arrival, and Cisse will be suspended for this having picked up a second red card for the club at Sunderland last week.
The R’s are really struggling and in woeful form, and with players losing their heads left, right and centre it’s difficult to see where any revival will come from.
Their defence is poor, and it will be a major surprise if Arsenal fail to exploit it.
The Gunners’ superb run of form has seen them climb into third place, and this is an ideal opportunity to pick up more points in a bid to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Robin van Persie heads the goalscorer markets as usual, but he has only managed to score against one PL side (Man United) in both league meetings this season.
For that reason I am going to desert him, and put up Aaron Ramsey as the value bet.
The midfielder could have bagged a hat-trick in Arsenal’s last away game at Everton, and if back in the side after being dropped for last week’s game will be carrying my cash to score anytime at a tasty looking 4.5 with bet365.
If he isn’t in the starting X1 then Vermaelen, who has scored more goals (12) than any other Premier League defender since his arrival in England, would be a viable alternative at 7 with bet365.
I fancy Arsene Wenger’s men to keep a clean sheet and win this 2-0 or 3-0 and those scorelines can be backed at 8 and 12 respectively withbet365, Boylesports and Paddy Power.