Stoke vs Arsenal Preview and Predictions

by Punter's Hero on August 26, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Stoke vs Arsenal Preview Aug. 26th | Stoke City takes on Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium this Sun. Aug. 26th in their first home match of the young English Premier League season. Both teams dropped two points in their season openers with Arsenal drawing at home at the Emirates 0-0 with Sunderland 0-0, while Stoke saw newly-promoted Reading score on a late penalty to earn a 1-1 draw.

Sportsbook offers free bets for this game and has the latest match odds at for a Stoke win at 5/2 with an Arsenal victory at 6/5 and a draw at 21/10.

Arsenal has lost last year’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie, who managed to score 30 goals in 38 league games last season. They’ve replaced him with the likes of Lukas Podolski from Germany and French striker Olivier Giroud while Spanish winger Santi Cazorla was added to the mix as well. Like many times last season, Arsenal misses too many scoring chances and unless the newcomers can find the back of the net on a consistent basis they’ll have the same problem against this season.

It’s going to be tough to win at Stoke since they only dropped four league games at home all last season with none of them to Man United, Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, and Liverpool. They definitely know how to hold the big clubs and frustrate them. When Arsenal did score against Stoke last year, Van Persie scored three of them.

Stoke will be hoping that striker Peter Crouch is able to continue his fine form against the Gunners as he scored a pair against then London club last campaign. Stoke looks pretty good on the injury front also as it appears Jermaine Pennant is the only player sidelined at the moment, but Dean Whitehead’s out with a suspension.

Arsenal has a lengthy absentee list though with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Tomas Rosicky all missing. Goaltender Wojciech Szczesny will also be a late decision since he’s suffering from a rib injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be back and Lukasz Fabianski can play in goals if needed.

Stoke may have American international Geoff Cameron in the line-up after signing him this summer. He got into town on Thursday and has started training. Late news reports say that Pennant could possibly be back in the squad and that would be an added boost to Stoke. Arsenal seems to struggle here at the Britannia and this could be more of the same. Stoke has beaten them here three out of the last five times and they’ve scored the opening goal in all of those matches.

Predictions for Stoke v Arsenal

However, Stoke isn’t really a high-scoring team and once they get a goal they usually start to try and defend their lead. This usually brings on an enormous amount of trouble as their opponents are more or less invited to keep on attacking at will. Arsenal will have to finally step up and prove they’re still a big club. If they can’t pull of a win here then they’re not going to be taken too seriously this season. Look for the London side to edge out a one-goal win.

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