Arsenal travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon, with the Gunners looking to back up their huge win last weekend over a hapless Blackburn Rovers team. Martin O’Neill however, has worked wonders since his arrival at Sunderland and the Black Cats look a rejuvenated outfit.
Sunderland Win (13/5 @ BetVictor)
Bookmakers continue to underestimate Sunderland. 7 wins in their last 10 League fixtures puts them on a par with the two Manchester giants, yet you can still get 13/5 on a home victory on Saturday. Perhaps the layers feel the run will not last forever, but in terms of value, look no further this weekend.
Delve deeper into the recent form and the case for the hosts gets even stronger. The last 3 fixtures at the Stadium of Light have seen Sunderland record wins of 2-0, 1-0 and 3-0. Those wins came versus Swansea, Manchester City and Norwich respectively. 3 clean sheets and 6 goals, including the scalp of the League leaders. Martin O’Neill has his men well drilled and well organised.
So with that sort of form behind them, to justify a price of 13/5, the visitors must be dynamite? Well no, not really. Arsenal’s road form is mediocre at best, they have lost 6 times from 12. Recent away trips saw defeats at both Swansea and Fulham, and a tame draw at Bolton.
While Arsenal have a decent defensive record statistically at home, on the road, they have shipped 25 goals in 12 games. Make-shift full backs might paper over cracks at home, but up against Seb Larsson with a point to prove, and James McClean in the form of his life, a clean sheet looks a forlorn hope for travelling Gunners fans.
The 13/5 at BetVictor on the hosts looks a long way out. Sunderland look 2/1 pokes at most. Arsenal are hit and miss on the road and the Black Cats are in great nick. Take the clear value on offer.