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Swansea v Arsenal: Swans to squander lead but battle for point

| 09.11.2014

Despite winning only four Premier League games this season Arsenal find themselves in their perennial position of fourth heading to Swansea for Sunday’s teatime kick-off.

However, all of those victories came against sides currently in the bottom six, so sixth-place Swansea should certainly hold their own against the Gunners.

The win for the Welsh side is priced at 13/5, while Arsenal are 21/20, but as you’ll see from the first of out three best bets on the contest we envisage the shares to be spoiled.

Swansea to draw with Arsenal @ 5/2

Arsenal may have won two league games on the bounce for the first time this season, but neither Sunderland nor bottom-placed Burnley’s scalps will have the Swans running scared.

Garry Monk’s charges are sure to offer far more resistance, especially at the Liberty where only Southampton have left victorious and the Swans have taken seven of the last nine available points.

With natural left-back Nacho Monreal forced to pair up in central defence with the increasingly-creaky Per Mertesacker in recent games, Anderlecht’s midweek comeback from three goals down exposed the brittle nature of Arsenal’s spine.

Team to score first: Swansea @ 13/10

A trait which will keep Arsene Wenger awake at night, other than relinquishing large leads in Europe, is the amount of first-half goals his side are conceding in the top-flight in the opening quarter of the season.

The Gunners lead the league in this particular stat, while bright starters Swansea have led in seven of their 10 league games thus far.

Correct Score 2-2 @ 12/1

Arsenal have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five trips to the Liberty in all competitions.

Thanks largely to the heroics of Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners have also notched exactly twice or more in all of their last five games.

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

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Christian Crowther

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