Stoke City v Arsenal: Wenger hoping to reverse recent luck at the Brittania
Stoke City v Arsenal, Saturday 15:00
Betfred are posting the chance for free bets and big odds on a home victory this weekend when Arsenal travel to the Brittania Stadium hoping to stamp their claims on automatic qualification for the Champions League.
The Gunners are without a win in two games after losing and drawing against Wigan Athletic and Chelsea respectively, and will face another tough test on Saturday.
The Potters haven’t been quite as dominant at home as they were last season but are still a considerable outfit when on their own turf with the eighth best home defence in the Premier League.
Tony Pulis’ men have conceded an average of just one goal per game when playing at the Brittania this campaign and managed to keep clean sheets in 38% of those outings.
Stoke go into the fixture with an almost clean bill of health with only Salif Diao and Andy Wilkinson doubts for the encounter.
Arsene Wenger has a substantially longer list of absences that will make his trip to Stoke City that much tougher.
The stop-start season of Abou Diaby looks set to continue and although his issue isn’t muscular as he is used to suffering, the illness he has picked up during the week makes him a doubt for Saturday.
Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker and Frances Coquelin are three players who will continue their rehabilitation on the sidelines but Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott are two fresh concerns.
It has been confirmed that Arteta is likely to miss the remainder of the season along with Walcott who was forced off the pitch during last weekend’s stalemate with Chelsea with a hamstring injury.
Stoke currently have the worst attack in the English top flight but the incentive of pushing up to mid-table may prove sufficient this time around.
Should Arsenal fail to win, Newcastle can move level on points with the Gunners and with Tottenham also in hot pursuit, it’s key that Wenger’s side get back to winning form this weekend.