By Bulldog Drummond.
As one or two people began to realise just around the time of the Southampton match, Arsenal have gone across to wing backs, and started winning. OK, all the media attention was on Tottenham finishing above us for the first time since the Norman Conquest of Britain in 1066 but rather the focus ought to be on results.
But if you fancy placing a bet on this game, such thoughts are really not good enough. Here are the Stoke City V Arsenal betting odds and if you want to make something of them, consider both the recent form of each club and then the form at home of Stoke and the form away of Arsenal.
Here’s a reminder. First off the recent form of Stoke City
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Arsenal have won as many games away as Stoke have at home – but Stoke shade it by having three more home draws than Arsenal have gained away.
On the scoring front Arsenal have scored nine more away goals than Stoke have scored home goals, while Arsenal have conceded four more away than Stoke have at home. Arsenal away have a goal difference of +5 and Stoke at home +3.
So looking across at Stoke’s away form we can see they have clambered to 13th in the league primarily by virtue of their home crowd, and a fairly awful thought that is for those who value civilisation as a concept.
The other major factor if you fancy a flutter is on the injury front. If you just assume that Arsenal have the most injuries of any team (as the media tell us) you will be disappointed. But take care – these figures are those from physioroom and as we have been finding through the season, they are not complete. But for the rest of this season we’re carrying on with them…
|Pos||Team||Men Down||Last man down||What happened|
|1||Crystal Palace||8||J Ward||Broken Nose|
|2||West Ham United||8||C Kouyate||Wrist Injury|
|3||Manchester United||7||M Rashford||Knee Injury|
|4||Everton||7||M Stekelenburg||Groin Strain|
|5||Watford||7||M Britos||Calf Injury|
|7||Hull City||6||L Markovic||Ankle Injury|
|8||Sunderland||6||D Gibson||Groin Injury|
|9||Manchester City||5||F Delph||Knock|
|10||Leicester City||5||D Drinkwater||Thigh Strain|
|11||Southampton||4||V van Dijk||Foot|
|12||Liverpool||4||S Mane||Cartilage Knee Injury|
|13||Swansea City||4||J Montero||Hamstring Injury|
|14||Arsenal||3||A Oxlade-Chamberlain||Hamstring Injury|
|15||Tottenham Hotspur||3||H Winks||Ankle Injury|
|16||Burnley||3||M Keane||Calf Injury|
|17||Middlesbrough||3||G Ramirez||Thigh Strain|
|18||West Bromwich Albion||3||J Evans||Ankle Injury|
|19||Stoke City||2||I Afellay||Knee Injury|
|20||Chelsea||1||N Kante||Thigh Strain|
We’ve got the Ox, Koscielny and Santi listed as out of the game, although Koscielny might just make it back into the threesome – as yet it is not clear.
One point to remember about Stoke is that like Tottenham, they have memories that stretch back to the past for inspiration. In the case of Stoke as the Stoke Sentinel says today, “Wenger’s insults began after his first visit to Stoke in November 2008. After the win over Arsenal, Wenger came out and moaned and groaned about the way we played and certainly wasn’t gracious in defeat.”
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Yep they are still going on and on about a post match interview lasting 30 seconds that took place nine years ago. That’s Stoke for you. (The quote comes from their ex player Andy Griffin, who was last seen playing for Chester in the Conference and is now apparently a coach at Newcastle-under-Lyme College).
That’s the sort of thing that has built up at Stoke, a club that has come ninth in each of the last three seasons.