The two teams with the leakiest defences in the Premier League meet at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with both sides having conceded thirteen goals in five matches.
Admittedly, eight of Arsenal’s thirteen in the goals against column came in that infamous match at Old Trafford, although the floodgates opened in the second half at Ewood Park last weekend and the Gunners will hope that home comforts help them rise into the top half of the table in the coming weeks.
Arsene Wenger’s team are a 4/9 chance (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory on Saturday, with the Frenchman having rested practically every first team player on Tuesday when Arsenal beat Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup. That means Robin van Persie leading the line and Coral are one of the few firms to offer 7/2 that the Dutchman scores first.
Gervinho was the man who broke the deadlock at Ewood Park and the Ivorian can be backed at 6/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) although Wenger will hope that the player also knows when to pass rather than shoot, with Van Persie frustrated by his team-mates’ decision-making against Blackburn.
Bolton actually started the campaign with an impressive 4-0 win away to a QPR side that hadn’t yet recruited the likes of Barton and Wright-Phillips, although successive defeats against City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Norwich leave them in 19th place.
Owen Coyle will hope that the midweek win at Aston Villa in the Carling Cup marks a turning point and the Trotters are a 15/2 chance to claim a second away victory of the season in the league, with the draw available at 7/2.
Gary Cahill was wanted by Arsenal in the summer, although Coyle dismissed the north London club’s bid for the player as derisory and wouldn’t it be typical if the central defender popped up to score first at odds of 40/1.