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This is the first game in the double header against Bolton, with the second next week. Paddy Power think that Arsenal no longer have a Bolton “monkey on their” back and expect them to win at The Reebok, they are 8/15 for the three points which is tempting enough.
Will Owen Coyle’s Bolton be different from the Bolton we all know? It’s unlikely, he’s only been there a week and the players are all the same, as the saying goes “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks”. Bolton are odds on at 4/7 to get the first Yellow Card and the prime suspect for the first Yellow Card is Mr Elbows himself, Kevin Davies at 7/1
11/2 Bolton Win
8/15 Arsenal Win
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Cesc Fabregas is back for Arsenal and just at the right time with Alex Song away on African Nations duty. If Fabregas’ influence is anything like it was when he came off the bench to beat Aston Villa then punters should be clambering to back him for the first goal. He’s 15/2 to get the opening goal with Paddy Power, with him in the side Arsenal seem much more fluid and hopefully his partnership with the in form Abou Diaby will be the difference this Sunday.
The return of Fabregas will lighten the load on Andrey Arshavin to come up with the touch of magic which is ideal. The Russian is without a goal recently so 15/2 on him breaking the deadlock at The Reebok could be good.
First Scorer Betting
Arsenal have scored three goals in their last three visits to Bolton, its 7/2 they make it four in a row this Sunday. Last season they won 3-1 which is 10/1 with Paddy Power and the previous season they were 3-2 winners, a repeat of that scoreline is 20/1.
You have to think that Arsenal will score goals, they are the league’s top scorers and even in the blizzards of snow they scored two goals against Everton however fortunate they were. But it shows that the team are confident in their own ability and their game plan, so whatever Bolton may throw at them Arsenal will always try and get the ball down on the floor and win the game by playing football.
Correct Score Betting
6/1 Arsenal 1-0
13/2 Arsenal 2-0
13/2 Arsenal 2-1
10/1 Arsenal 3-0
10/1 Arsenal 3-1
20/1 Arsenal 3-2
20/1 Arsenal 4-0
20/1 Arsenal 4-1
40/1 Arsenal 4-2