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Following victories for Chelsea and Manchester United yesterday, Arsenal’s game against Bolton at the Reebok is a must win for Arsene Wenger.
Chris Hutcheon previews……
Arsenal failed to take advantage of Chelsea’s inactivity last weekend, only managing what proved to be rather a fortuitous draw against Everton, but the Gunners, now 9/2 for the title at Victor Chandler, are fancied to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s big televised showdown against Bolton (6/1, Betdaq); who will be led by new boss Owen Coyle for the first time.
The perception of Arsene Wenger’s men, 888Sport’s 4/7 favourites is that they often come unstuck at places like the Reebok Stadium and some punters will subsequently tackle Stan James’ 3/1 chalked against the draw but the North London outfit have won their last six league and cup fixtures against the Trotters, including three on the road and they can extend that sequence by edging an entertaining contest.
Partybets’ 13/5 for the Gunners to shade it by a one-goal margin therefore appeals and in a clash that looks set to produce three or more goals (4/5, Jaxx.com) that could translate into a 2-1 away success; a result Totesport price at 7/1.
The probable return of Cesc Fabregas will provide a huge boost for Wenger’s charges and the influential Spaniard is available with William Hill at 9/4 to get on the scoresheet at any stage. As far as the home side are concerned making a fresh start under a new manager, they should give a good account themselves and so Partybets’ 5/8 for them to score appeals, as does bet365’s 4/5 for both teams to find the net.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s problems defending aerial balls, as demonstrated last week when diminutive Toffees midfielder Leon Osman rose highest to head home at the Emirates Stadium, means Kevin Davies could provide a threat for the hosts and he’s a tasty 3/1 with Ladbrokes to find the net.