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Sunderland’s away run to end at hands of wounded beasts Arsenal

| 21.02.2014

Only Tottenham and Manchester City can claim to have better away form than Sunderland in the Premier League presently, though the Black Cats’ impressive run of six unbeaten is due to end at the Emirates.

Given Sunderland arrive in north London occupying 18th position in the Premier League it would be foolish to suggest Gus Poyet will rest any of his players with the following week’s Capital One Cup final in mind.

Nevertheless, that looming showpiece will surely jog the concentration of some of Sunderland’s number at the Emirates and given the club’s atrocious record at Arsenal down the years it could serve as an extra factor in them surrendering the points.

Sunderland have not won any game on the road at Arsenal since 1983, though they have held them to 0-0 draws on two occasions in the last three years.

After digesting this information punters could easily be led in the direction of an accumulator-worthy-at-best price of 3/10 on the home win, while those donning the daredevil’s cape should not go any further than the 9/2 on the draw.

Given the Bayern disappointment in midweek, though, this Arsenal outfit will likely be in no mood to settle for anything other than three points and other bets should be exploited as a result.

The Gunners’ title charge has been built largely on a squeaky clean defensive record at the Emirates, where five games (over 7 hours) have elapsed since an opposing Premier League team found their net.

Armed with this info, it would be careless in the extreme not to back the Arsenal win to nil at 1/1 or indeed the 4/5 about keeping a clean sheet once more.

Before their dust-up with Manchester United, the Gunners had produced three straight home league wins by the same 2-0 scoreline which, at 6/1, could be the ace in the pack.

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Christian Crowther

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