Last week is not to be mentioned again to any Sunderland fan as they return home to host Arsenal for the 9th Premier League match day. For the time Sunderland are dangling above the relegation zone, Arsenal are having one of the worst starts of a season under Arsene Wenger to the point where the fans wonder what it would take for the manager to finally implement some changes.
Sunderland’s defeat to Southampton does not by any means mean that the visitors were that bad, it was just the own goal from the 12th minute that put them in a wrong position and they were unable to find their footing again. The interesting fact is that the manager refused to take any of the blame for it, and said the lack of transfers led to the disaster. Jones, Alvarez, Coates and Giaccherini will miss the match while Johnson and Rodwell will have to undergo a fitness test. It also remains to be seen whether Poyet will once again trust Mannone after the Southampton match or field Pantilimon instead.
Arsenal seem to like living on the edge as some of their last matches are always won in the last seconds, and besides a long list of injured players, they also have Jack Wilshere suspended. Walcott, Ramsey and Konscielny could make a return to the squad while Wenger needs a miracle strategy to avoid another last second win. Per Mertesacker stated that “Our confidence is not that much how we wanted it,” thus putting the two teams mostly in the same position form wise, despite Arsenal earning a draw against Hull City.
Arsenal have only two wins this season, and Sunderland always put up a good fight when playing the Gunners. Bet365 still favors the visitors to win and gives them 1.72 odds. Tipsters tend towards a draw as the final score with 3.80 odds, and considering Arsenal’s latest tendency to always concede both teams to score has 1.80 odds. Arsenal have a far better offensive than Sunderland, and if they manage an early goal, before the 30th minute at 1.83 odds, they might as well win this match. Fletcher to score anytime has 3.75 odds, and we’re betting 8 units on Danny Welbeck to score anytime at 2.37 odds, same with Sanchez with Bet365.
Sunderland: Team’s Formation
Arsenal London: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Danny Welbeck to score