Sunday’s big match will see Swansea entertain Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. Both teams play with a style that pleases the football purists, and both managers have already bolstered their squads during January. Will Henry continue his Gunners renaissance?
Both Teams to Score – Yes (10/11 @ William Hill)
Swansea have only lost once during their last 6 League fixtures, and still boast the joint-best home defence in the Division, alongside leaders Manchester City. The Swans have conceded just 4 goals at home in 10 games, and have not conceded more than once while playing in Wales this term.
Recently, Brendan Rodgers’ men have also managed to take their defensive solidity on the road too, conceding just once in total during their last three away games – a long way from their early season form which saw them shipping goals regularly. The last League game at the Liberty Stadium saw the Swans earn a point against Tottenham, drawing 1-1, and the hosts were well worthy of their share of the spoils. Having lost just once at home, Swansea will go into this showdown very confident.
Arsenal received a timely boost heading into the second half of the season, with the scoring return of the legendary Thierry Henry. The New York Red Bull’s loanee hit the ground running, bagging the only goal of the game in the Gunners FA Cup 3rd Round clash with Leeds. A potential partnership with Robin van Persie is an exciting prospect, but Arsene Wenger may have other plans.
The last time Arsenal travelled in the League, Fulham stunned them with two late goals, winning 2-1. That was the fifth time that the Gunners have been beaten away from the Emirates, and that makes the odds-on about an away win pretty unattractive. Goals tend to come comfortably enough for Arsenal away, but they cannot keep them out.
The statistics, and form, make a compelling case for backing Both Teams to Score (10/11 at Hills). Swansea have scored in 60% of their home games, and conceded in 40%. It is worth noting though, that their clean sheets have tended to come against ‘weaker’ Premier League opposition. Arsenal meanwhile, score in 80% of their away games, and concede in 80% too. While 10/11 might be about right for Swansea’s scoring trends, with the Gunners involved, that price becomes pretty juicy.