FOOTBALL BETTING: Festive cheer is set to be in short supply for Aston Villa at the Emirates today, where Arsenal are 8/11 with Betdaq to collect a late Christmas present in the televised showdown.
According to bookmakers, festive cheer is set to be in short supply for Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal are odds-on at 8/11 with Betdaq to collect a late Christmas present in the shape of a maximum haul from the pair’s televised showdown.
However, unless Martin O’Neill’s men overindulged a touch on the sherry trifle then they are unlikely to gift wrap a victory for the hosts and with a triumph at Old Trafford still fresh in the memory, the high-flying Villans look somewhat overpriced at 9/2 (bet365), especially as they ran out 2-0 winners in the corresponding fixture in North London last season.
Nevertheless, the Gunners have won seven of their eight matches on their own patch this term and so it’s hard to envisage a stuffing for them either; subsequently shrewd punters looking to replenish the coffers following a costly Christmas, might consider Victor Chandler’s 11/4 posted against the stalemate or Stan James’ 6/5 for the visitors to avoid defeat.
Villa tend to keep things tight on the road, where they have the Premiership’s meanest defence and with this in mind, Jaxx.com can expect plenty of cash for their 11/10 posted against a match total of fewer than three goals, while a 1-1 scoreline will also be popular at 7/1 (Sportingbet).
The Gunners’ eight home matches however, have averaged four goals each and so aiming high, above the 2.5 mark (4/6, Betfred), where the goal tally is concerned seems wise and moreover those speculating on a 2-2 stalemate could be rewarded for their bravery at odds of 16/1 with Boylesports.
Meanwhile, it seems a case of take-your-pick in the first scorer betting, where Arsenal Andrei Arshavin is rated at 5/1 (Stan James) and at the other end bet365 chalk 9/1 against a John Carew opener. The latter’s stature could trouble the hosts, for whom power isn’t their greatest asset and the Norwegian striker catches the eye at 3/1 (Ladbrokes) to notch at any stage.