Arsenal v Swansea City – Emirates Stadium at 15:00
International week is finally over! Now we move back onto Premier League football, and I have a feeling this Asian Handicap Betting preview can bring home some tidy profit as Arsenal host new manager Bob Bradley’s Swansea City on Saturday.
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Arsenal has been flying in recent weeks and it is fair to say they are in the race to clinch the title this season, but let’s wait until January to make that claim. Arsene Wenger’s men have won five games on the bounce in all competitions and have only lost one game this season, sitting third in the Premier League.
Furthermore, surprisingly, players have started pulling their weight. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are turning up for more games and not just showing up for the televised matches. Sanchez so far this season has bagged four goals and collected two assists in six games. It was clear he was seen as a shadow of his former self last season, but as a football fan I am glad he is back firing.
One issue is injuries as six players sit out sidelined, including striker Olivier Giroud. However, with the international break I am not sure how many players will be benched by Wenger mainly because, to him, footballers should be given a week/two before they are seen as fully fit once again.
At the moment the squad has a good balance with two holding midfielders and the four in front left to entertain and create chances, considering they have scored ten in four games at home, but against a bogey team that may be a different story.
The underdogs, on the other hand, hold a good record against the hosts and head to the Emirates with a new manager at the helm in American Bob Bradley. You know, that manager who has been talked about taking over a Premier League club for the last four years. Well, he finally has a job.
He will have to work some miracles in South Wales considering the Swans have only won one game this season and have lost four on the bounce in all competitions. Their last fixture ended in a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool, Francesco Guidolin’s last match in charge and a game where he stated his team gave it their all.
He does have experience though. The American has managed the likes of Le Havre, the US national team and the Egyptian national side too. Yet this is a completely different task, one that not all managers can handle. For example, World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari.
There is only one player I rate in this squad, and that is Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder has always been someone to create something out of nothing for the struggles (and gain some extra points in fantasy football), but mostly he is their main outlet for goals and assists.
The last time these two sides met at the Emirates, Swansea walked away with a 2-1 victory. However, I just make it clear that Arsenal were leading this match. In fact, from their six meetings in North London the hosts have only won two and haven’t beaten the Swans since 2013. Not good.
I’m not sure about this one. The previous meetings would make a difference, but that is only through mind games at best. I think Bob Bradley will want to keep it tight, but cannot see him and the Swans getting the better of Arsenal. I’ll have to for a hope that the Swans don’t let the floodgates open in London.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Swansea City +1.75 @ 1.92 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.