Arsenal keen to maintain their unbeaten run when they take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
The Gunners are coming on the back of a 3-3 away draw against Liverpool in the mid-week while Stoke City came back from a goal down to see off Norwich in their 3-1 win at home.
Despite their brilliant form this season, Arsenal have much to worry on Sunday, as they haven’t won against Stoke City in their last 5 visits to the Britannia Stadium.
Team’s Form Comparison
Stoke City may start the match at 7th in the Premier League table, 7 points behind Tottenham. Considering the nature of results in the league this season, Mark Hughe’s side has done pretty well at home especially against the elite teams. They have won against both Manchester clubs and Chelsea at home in the recent weeks. In their five games they have managed 3 wins and if you take a look at the whole season, they have the tendency to slip up every now and then irrespective of the opponent.
Arsenal are having a good run in the league lately and are top of the league alongside a brilliant Leicester City. Only 1 defeat in the last 8 matches and Wenger would want to win this desperately to keep up with the pace at the top of the table. But they are still unable to turn the tables against the teams they have a bad record historically; as we have seen against Chelsea and Southampton.
Head to Head Stats
Arsenal have win against Stoke City away from home only once since the Potters earned promotion to Premier League in the 2008-09 season.
In the 7 matches at home against Arsenal, Stoke City have won 4 and drawn 2. The only win for Arsenal against Stoke in the Premier League at Britannia Stadium can be dated back to February 2010.
Stoke City: Team News
Xherdan Shaqiri who missed the Norwich game due to a hamstring injury remains sidelined and Jonathan Walters will likely keep his place alongside Joselu.
Geoff Cameron is a doubt and in that case Ibrahim Afellay is expected to partner Whelan at the center of the midfield.
Stoke City: Predicted Line-up
Arsenal : Team News
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to make any changes to the side that started in the 3-3 against Liverpool at Anfield.
Recent media rumors claim that the Frenchman is prepared to risk an unfit Alexis Sanchez in this crucial tie, but this is very unlikely to happen.
Arsenal : Predicted Line-up
Stoke City vs Arsenal : Prediction
Stoke certainly have the upper hand going into this game as they have managed to torment every big team this season. They have comprehensively won against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and City this season and pose a real threat to Arsenal’s title bid on Sunday.
This is not a happy hunting ground for Arsenal as their record at Stoke is pretty poor. And the cold and windy weather will also play the part to frustrate Arsenal players and I can hardly see them winning this one.
My prediction is a straight win for Stoke City and for those who bet, to be on the safe side go for Stoke-double chance.