Arsenal vs Sunderland Betting Preview

Sunderland will be fighting for their English Premier League lives on Wednesday, May 20 when the club visits London to take on third-place Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Sunderland was held to a 0-0 draw by Leicester City on Saturday and now needs at least one more point from their remaining two games to avoid relegation and guarantee a spot in the Premier League for the 2015/16 campaign. The team currently sits in 16th place in the league with 37 points from 36 games on seven wins, 16 draws and 13 losses.

Arsenal vs Sunderland Betting Preview: bet365 lists Arsenal as the favorites to win this match at 3/10 with Sunderland 10/1 and a draw at 5/1

Hull City sits in 18th position with 34 points, but can possibly climb out of the relegation zone and catch Sunderland if they beat Manchester United on May 24 in the season finale. However, a draw or win by the Black Cats at Arsenal on Wednesday will guarantee their survival. Sunderland leads the league with 16 draws and wouldn’t be in their current predicament if it wasn’t for the high number of sister-kissers this year.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal has 71 points and have guaranteed themselves a top-four finish for the 19th year in a row. However, they haven’t yet clinched an automatic berth in the group stage of the 2015/16 European Champions League tournament. To do this, they need to earn another two points in their final two games as Manchester United is a pair of points behind them with a game to go.

The Gunners have compiled a record of 21 wins, eight draws and seven defeats on the season. They’ve got two games to go and could possibly overtake Manchester City (76 points) for second place in the final standings. Arsenal enter this game following a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford with Manchester United on Sunday. They’re now winless in their past two games as they were shut out 1-0 at home by Swansea City the previous week. Before that the Gunners were unbeaten in the past three months with nine wins in 10 outings.

Arsenal has proven to be a hard team to score against, especially during the first half of games. When Man United scored on them in the opening stanza on Sunday it was the first time the Gunners have allowed a goal against in the opening 45 minutes since New Year’s Day. They’ve allowed just 13 first-half goals against all season long. Sunderland will hope to alter the numbers on Wednesday to escape relegation for the second consecutive year.

The Black Cats were in the relegation zone at the beginning of May and it looked like their eight-year run in the Premier League would be coming to an abrupt end. However, under new manager Dick Advocaat, Sunderland has taken seven out of a possible nine points in their last three contests and 11 out of 18 in the past six. Advocaat has never been relegated with any team during his lengthy managerial career and is hoping to continue that trend this year. It’s going to be tough though since Sunderland’s final game of the season will also take place in London when they visit Stamford Bridge to take on league champions Chelsea.

Sunderland goes into the game with three wins, two draws and a loss in their past five outings. They’ll be facing an Arsenal side that will likely be without French international defender Mathieu Debuchy and English international midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain due to injuries. Midfielder Abou Diaby is still out of action and Danny Welbeck is questionable after sitting out the last three games. Advocaat, will likely be without the services of Billy Jones for the match, but English midfielder Jack Rodwell may be back in the squad.

The Gunners have beaten Sunderland four times in a row and are unbeaten against them in their past 10 league meetings with seven wins and three draws. Arsenal won their previous encounter this season with a 2-0 victory in Sunderland in October. The last time Sunderland won an away game against Arsenal came way back in 1983.

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