Draw on tight con­test AR­SE­NAL v SUN­DER­LAND, WED, 7.45, SSP1


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could well make it five. A best price 12/1 about Sun­der­land is pretty enor­mous in a three­horse race.

But you have to re­mem­ber they have only won three away games all sea­son.

To their credit they have only lost six with eight ties in be­tween. That’s not bad for a side fight­ing off rel­e­ga­tion and like we said they have im­proved of late.

Ar­se­nal are 1/3 but we like the draw which is just over 5/1 with Bet­bright.

And if you want to be greedy, you can have eight and a half to one about the game be­ing level at the break and also at full time.

With both sides rel­a­tively stress-free there could be goals in this.

And a 2-2 cor­rect score is a mas­sive 28/1 with BetVic­tor.

Un­re­al­is­tic per­haps, but a 3-3 is 150/1 with bwin. I’m sure in the good old days of coupons across the bet­ting shop counter the best you could have about that ver­dict was 66/1. Olivier Giroud leads the first goalscorer mar­kets, as big as 7/2 in some places but as thin as 11/4 in oth­ers.

That doesn’t smell of great value to us.

Arsene Wenger has hinted Jack Wil­shire might get a start, per­haps with a view to putting him in the shop win­dow, who knows?

But if you fancy the Arse, a bit of 16/1 about him break­ing the dead­lock makes some ap­peal.

But Dick Ad­vo­caat has in­sisted Sun­der­land will not turn up at the Emi­rates with the in­ten­tion — and it is a dread­ful ex­pres­sion — ‘park­ing the bus’.

I mean, of course they are park­ing it some­where. Surely they aren’t walk­ing from Wear­side, this isn’t the Jar­row march.

So th­ery might start on the front foot and their most likely first scorer, ac­cord­ing to the lay­ers, is Con­nor Wick­ham (left), a big lad with a pow­er­ful shot and fair head­ing abil­ity.

Some book­ies make him just 11/1 to bag the first but you can get 16/1 with Bet365, Paddy Power and bwin.


That seems a trifle gen­er­ous to this ob­server. Given our cho­sen opin­ion, the of­fer of odds against about both teams to score seems mighty fine.

The best price is 21/17 (who the hell thinks up th­ese daft prices?) in three or four places and that’s we’ll be get­ting stuck into.

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