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March-loving Arsenal to rain on Adkins’ Reading parade

| 28.03.2013

Arsenal will continue their pursuit of a top-four spot in a home clash against Reading, and are 1/4 to dispose of their relegation-threatened visitors.

And in addition to the Gunners already besting the Royals on two occasions across all competitions this season, there is another strong reason to confide in Arsene Wenger’s men.

That comes in the form of the Emirates outfit’s tremendous record in the month of March under the stewardship of ‘The Professor.’

Indeed, Arsenal have lost only one Premier League home game in the third month of the year in Wenger’s near 17-year tenure at the club.

To enforce how impressive that sequence is, it should be noted that the Gunners have played 22 home matches in March during that time.

And the fact that their sole defeat came in 1997 (against Liverpool) means the side have yet to lose a March game at the Emirates Stadium, signifying that the second-bottom Royals will have their work cut out to break that trend here.

Even though a response is expected from the visiting side in light of the match representing Nigel Adkins’ first in charge, the improving hosts should still prevail without too much fuss.

However, it looks highly plausible that the away side can find the net, even in light of Arsenal’s back-to-back clean sheets across all competitions.

The Royals have registered seven times in just two games opposing the Gunners this term, but went on to lose both matches by a two-goal margin.

And it is worth looking back to the last time these teams met at the Emirates in March too, when Arsenal prevailed by a 2-1 scoreline.

33/20 odds are attributed to the possibility of the Gunners winning a game in which both teams notch, which looks the most appealing bet, whilst correct score punters can have 8/1 that the hosts victor by means of a 2-1 result again.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee