Brimingham vs Arsenal – Blues in search of successive upsets

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Arsenal may have thumped Chelsea last weekend, but their point against Wigan on Wednesday proved Arsene Wenger’s side still have to prove they are capable of a title challenge.

Thanks to the last-minute goal on Tuesday, Birmingham continue their remarkable run at St Andrews which has seen Alex McLeish’s side lose just four games at home in the past two years and an Arsenal victory isn’t guaranteed.

Match Odds

Arsenal may be 4/7 to win at Birmingham on Saturday, but only Chelsea, Aston Villa, Bolton and Everton have managed to take all three points at St Andrews since the start of 2008, and Wenger’s side have their work cut out.

Birmingham have beaten Arsenal just once in 13 Premier League ties, but the last two occasions at St Andrews have both ended in score draws and the draw is priced at a very tempting 5/2.

A Birmingham win looks unlikely but so did the Blues picking up a point against Manchester United on Tuesday, and Birmingham are 4/1 to upset two title challengers in the space of four days.

Total Goals

While picking a winner may be difficult, punters can expect plenty of goals at St Andrews as the ground has seen at least two goals in the six Premier League ties between the two.

Over 2.5 goals is priced at 1/1 and looks the pick of the market, but the score draw also offers plenty of value with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2, a 2-2 draw priced at 16/1 and a 3-3 draw, unlikely considering Birmingham have just nine home league goals this season, is 80/1.

But Arsenal desperately need the win to convince punters they are capable of a title challenge and the Gunners are 7/1 to win 2-1.

A £10 stake on Bowyer scoring first but Arsenal winning 2-1 would return £1,510. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.