The Britannia Stadium was once Arsenal’s most feared place to play, rarely did things go well for them. But they head to the Potteries at a good time, because Stoke, who are much less physical than they once were, are clearly struggling to hit their optimum level having cemented their place in midtable spot with two games of the season remaining.
Mark Hughes’ men have won just twice in ten games, both at home to sides currently residing in the bottom three. Arsenal are in a better situation than they were before beating Manchester United, but they themselves have struggled for points, beating only Middlesbrough and Leicester recently.
Arsenal have a small chance of qualification for the Champions League, currently sitting six points outside the top four at the time of writing. They have seen a return to their energetic and intense best in recent weeks, also putting Manchester City to the sword in the FA Cup semi finals.
Looking at the markets, low scoring is probably the best way to go. Stoke are the 15th highest scorers in the Premier League at home, and although Arsenal are the second highest away, they have not been on particularly good form in front of goal recently.
Backing Danny Welbeck to score first after his heroics against his former club at the weekend is a good option at 9/2 with SkyBet, while Saido Berahino could get on the scoresheet first at 9/1 for the home side.
There are good options in the total goals department too. Backing exactly two or three goals are both at 3/1, again with Skybet, while four goals is at 7/2 if you do believe Arsenal will run riot or Stoke will come out of their shell.