EPL Soccer Picks for Wednesday's Arsenal vs. Sunderland Clash

Lee Phelps

Monday, May 18, 2015 7:17 PM GMT

Monday, May. 18, 2015 7:17 PM GMT

The team who have drawn the most games this season need one more to preserve their Premier League existence. William Hill's Lee Phelps has been looking at the odds for this one for his free betting pick.

A point will do very nicely for both Arsenal and Sunderland on Wednesday night with qualification to the Champions League group stages the Gunners’ goal and Premier League survival is a draw away for Sunderland according to the soccer odds.

 

Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s men finish with two home games and can still pip Manchester City to second spot, but it’s unlikely, with their recent up-turn in form and a home game against Southampton.

They do still need to nail down that third place though and will expect to do so against the Black Cats. Their 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United kept the Red Devils at arms’ length in fourth and the remaining fixtures should be a good warm up for the FA Cup Final.

Arsenal lost their last home match 1-0 to Swansea City and midfielder Aaron Ramsey expects Sunderland to pose a similar challenge.

Ramsey told www.arsenal.com: "It is another important game. They will be fighting for their lives and we have two home games and we want to finish strong before the final.

"I think we feel quite confident about [finishing in third]. It was important to get a result today and hopefully we can go into the remaining games and win them both before the big one."

I don’t agree that Sunderland will pose the same threat as Swansea. The Swans sat in their own half and passed the ball around, but Dick Advocaat’s men won’t have the discipline to keep the home team at bay for 90 minutes, with the attacking talent on show at the Emirates.

 

Sunderland
Advocaat's men missed the chance to make sure of their top-flight status for next season last Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Leicester City.

But the Wearside club still have a three-point advantage over third-bottom Hull City and only require a draw. They have drawn 16 times this season, so it’s ironic that’s all they need again for safety.

A heavy loss would keep the pressure on Sunderland, whose goal difference is inferior to Hull's and only five better than that of struggling Newcastle United, ahead of a final-day meeting with champions Chelsea.

Advocaat said: "Normally, if you have 37 points, you're safe. But we will go on until the end and we have to do what we have to do to get that point.

"The other teams have to do what they have to do too, and win their games. We will stay up, I have no doubts about that."

One thing Sunderland have done away from home is make it hard for the bigger teams for a time. They have played five of the top seven and have been drawing at half time in four of those (Southampton being the exception), which is something your should think about when looking at the Premier League betting odds.

I can see a similar game plan here, but Arsenal will break them down eventually.

 

Soccer picks
I’m taking Sunderland as my soccer pick to make it to half time drawing, but for those who don’t agree maybe the draw at 30 minutes is worth a look at 1.8 (4/5). The half time draw and full time Arsenal win comes in at 4.33 (10/3) and looks a lot nice than that straight Gunners’ win at 1.28 (2/7)

Free soccer pick: Half time Draw, Full time Arsenal 4.33 (10/3)

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