Premier League preview and odds: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough

Premier League

Published: 20/10/2016

Premier League preview and odds: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough

October 22, 2016 15:00pm - Emirates Stadium

Premier League

Arsenal will look to extend their Premier League winning streak to seven games on Saturday when they welcome 17th-ranked strugglers Middlesbrough to the Emirates Stadium.

One defeat in last 18 for Gunners

Arsenal are the in-form team in the Premier League having won all of their last six games. Their only defeat in the last 18 Premier League matches came on the opening day of the current campaign against title rivals Liverpool (3-4).

In all competitions, the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 and come into this game on the back of a 3-2 league win at home to Swansea and a 6-0 thrashing of Ludogrets in the Champions League, also on home soil.

This Saturday, Arsene Wenger`s men will play a third-straight game at the Emirates when Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough make the long trip south.

Aitor Karanka`s team have had a tough start to the season and are currently sat in 17th place in the league with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three. They are winless in their last six matches, having drawn two and lost four. Last time out, they fell 1-0 at home to second-termers Watford.

Boro have picked up five of their six points on the road this season but that might be their only crumb of positivity ahead of this game. In their only previous away trip to a top 10 side, they were easily beaten 3-1 by Ronald Koeman`s Everton.

Team news

Arsenal still have some injury concerns with Chuba Akpom (back), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker (knee) and Danny Welbeck (knee) all out of action.

Meanwhile, the northeast side will continue without the services of James Husband (Shoulder) and Grant Leadbitter (Hernia).

Recent form (League)

Arsenal: WWWWW

Middlesbrough: LDLLL

Betting odds and tips

Arsenal have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight home matches in all competitions.

Middlesbrough have only faced one of the top 11 away from home, a 3-1 defeat to sixth-ranked Everton. Another defeat by a margin of two goals or more can be expected this weekend.

You can back Arsenal -1.5 in the Asian Handicap betting market at 3/4 with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

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Any odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of publishing (20/10/2016) but are subject to change.

20/10/2016     © Frixo 2024

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