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25/1 side bet stands out as Sunderland can beat Arsenal

| 11.02.2012

Sunderland have been slow starters on the whole across their Premier League meetings with Arsenal, but this could make 25/1 a massive price that they triumph against the Gunners at the Stadium of Light after being behind at the half-time interval.

With Sunderland having won seven of their ten Premier League fixtures since Martin O’Neill’s appointment as manager, they are currently the form team in the top flight.

This rejuvenation may also cause some punters to identify Sunderland’s odds of 5/2 to beat Arsenal at home to be a big price.

But those looking for more lucrative odds may find some value in anticipating Sunderland to battle back from behind to pick up another three points.

In total, Sunderland have managed a paltry 14 goals in 21 league meetings with Arsenal since the Premier League began.

And of those 14 goals, just two have been scored in the first half of fixtures, meaning that if they are to trouble the Arsenal defence then it is likely to be in the second period.

Arsenal have made a habit of throwing away leads this season and this is another reason to believe they may be ahead at the break, but behind at the final whistle.

The Gunners have taken the lead in three of their six away league defeats so far this season, while they are winless in their last three top-flight fixtures on the road.

Meanwhile, with Robin Van Persie having netted 20 times in his last 21 away fixtures, he is justifiably the favourite to open the scoring at 3/1 in the Premier League odds and this occurring would bode well for this bet.

Alternatively, punters may want to take 6/1 that the game is level at half time with Sunderland going on to triumph.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.