Live Streaming: Arsenal vs Stoke City (Premier League)
Arsenal are having an excellent spell in English Premier League and lift themselves up to second in the standings. It is not entirely due to their good results, but also benefitted from the slips of both Liverpool and Manchester City. Their arch rivals Chelsea are currently at the top of the league with a 3 point lead.
The Gunners thrashed West 5-1 at the Wembley Stadium on matchday 14 to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches. They picked 9 wins and 4 draws since the matchday 1 defeat at home against Liverpool. Arsenal are coming on the back of consecutive wins with the previous two being draws against strong teams in the league Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Stoke City on the other hand seems like a team fully recovered from the terrible form at the start of the season. A series of dismal performances which saw 3 draws and 4 losses in the first 7 matches of the season is turned around with 5 wins and a draw in the next 7. They are also coming after earning back to back wins, the latest a 2-0 win at home against Burnley.
Arsenal vs Stoke City: Head-to-head Stats
The stats here heavily favours the Gunners as they have picked up 9 straight home wins against Stoke City in all competitions, with all of the last 8 coming in Premier League.
However, Stoke City are a better side while playing at the Britannia stadium as they are unbeaten in the last 6 with 3 wins and 3 draws.
Arsenal won the corresponding fixture of last season by a 3-0 margin, while the return leg at Stoke ended in a 0-0 draw.
Arsenal vs Stoke City: Prediction
Both teams are coming on the back of some excellent form, but this fixture in last six seasons is normally dominated by the home team. So, one should hesitate to pick Arsenal to win even though it is offered at a small price of 1.36.
Another characteristic of Arsenal’s game plan this season is to seize the initiative right off from the kick-off. They scored the first goal in the first half in 7 of their last 10 Premier League matches this season. Also they scored in first half in the last 8 home matches against Stoke City. So Arsenal to win first half is our top pick for the game.