Arsenal have won just one of their previous five matches and that came at home to Blackpool in the EFL Cup where the Gunners managed an unconvincing 2-1 victory against a team who operate at League One level.
Aside from the triumph over the Tangerines, the other matches have been drawn and it’s therefore hard to greatly excited about the 21/20 about Arsenal winning at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, even if BetVictor are going an industry-best price about the London side.
Unai Emery’s work at the Emirates has been largely impressive thus far and a recent 1-1 draw against Liverpool was the least they deserved from the game, although there have also been matches against Palace, Sporting and Wolves that have also finished all square.
Make no bones about it, this match will be a test against a Bournemouth side whose players are starting to make an impact at international level, most notably Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and David Brooks who all shone for their respective countries during the international break.
Should Bournemouth be a Lengthier Price?
For starters, Bournemouth have only lost one of their six home matches this season, averaging nearly two goals per game at the Vitality Stadium and they’re not backward in coming forwards thanks to the multi-pronged attack that usually centres around the three aforementioned players.
Brooks, in particular, has been shining brightly in recent weeks and the Welshman recently broke the deadlock against Manchester United, with Unibet going 23/2 about the winger scoring first against the Gunners.
On the subject of the match against the Red Devils, it’s still a puzzle how Bournemouth squandered so many chances to put the game to bed before eventually being beaten 2-1 although their Achilles heel is clearly the defensive department due to the team’s forward-thinking approach.
There is every reason to assume there will be goals on the cards in this encounter, with Bet365 going a best price 1/2 about both teams scoring and Over 2.5 Goals isn’t much bigger at 8/15 with Ladbrokes which tells you the bookies are expecting the net to bulge.
Over 3.5 Goals is available at 11/8 with BetVictor and that is something that has happened in four Bournemouth matches so far this season, while Arsenal have been involved in six games where this bet would have copped.
Consider a Lacazette Goal
Emery will look for his team to get back on the victory trail in the Premier League and Alexandre Lacazette seems to be the sharpest shooter at the club right now, with the Frenchman listed at 4/1 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock at the Vitality.
Mesut Ozil has been priced at 11/1 with Unibet and might appreciate the freedom afforded to him in this match, although our eyes are drawn to the correct score market and the chance to back a Bournemouth 3-2 winning scoreline at odds of 28/1 (bet365).
BetVictor have 29/10 about the game ending all square which clearly offers better value than the shade of odds-against about the visitors considering they have only played five times on the road and they can’t keep relying on their ability to outscore the opposition to win games.