Soccer Picks: Take Arsenal To Win In Tough Challenge Against Bournemouth

Nigel Seeley

Friday, February 5, 2016 2:46 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 2:46 PM UTC

After a shaky recent run, it's a must win for Arsenal when they face a tricky test at Bournemouth at the weekend. Will they be up to the challenge and to our soccer picks?

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Free Premier League Pick: Arsenal wins
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


It's a must-win for Arsenal on Sunday when they face a tough trip to Bournemouth with three points a must if they are to get their Premier League title challenge back on track.

The Gunners' have had a terrible start to 2016 and they are now without a win in their last four Premier League matches and the concerning thing for their supporters ahead of this one is that they've failed to score in their last three league games. In midweek they were held to a very disapointing goalless draw with Southampton at the Emirates and in that match they had a staggering 17 shots on target and yet still couldn't manage a goal. The bookies have dangled us a huge carrot with the 2.10 on offer with most layers on the Wenger Boys, and at those prices, well ,despite their recent goalscoring drought, they've just got to be backed.

If these two sides played this fixture a month ago, the visitors would be 1.57 for the match despite their bad start to the new year, and I honestly think this is a huge over-reaction, so my advice is get on and fast as the price will go before kick-off time.

The hosts are 2.90 for the win with BetVictor and Eddie Howe's side are in decent form with them now unbeaten in their last four matches, but that quartet of wins has been against Norwich, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace, and this is a big step up from that calibre of opposition, and their record against top-half sides is far from impressive.


Betting Analysis & Game Overview
Unlike a lot of the live matches this weekend, this could be a decent watch, as both sides play football in the right away, and I'm expecting a few goals. Four of Bournemouth's last five matches have now seen both teams scoring, and it's just a matter of time before the Gunners' put a few past a side and this could be the perfect opportunity for their goal shy strikers.

Both teams to score is big at the 1.91 on offer with William Hill and that looks a soccer pick for the bigger punters or the weekend BTTS coupon backers. While we are on the goals markets, I'm very surprised to see over 2.5 goals as the outsider at 2.10 with most bookies in that market, and that looks a nice play as well.

The two met earlier in the season at the Emirates, and the Gunners' eased to a 2-0 success, and I think they will have a comfortable afternoon's work again, and I like the very big 20.00 on them the soccer odds boards are offering to win a decent match 3-1 with BetVictor.

The Arsenal strikers need to get their goalscoring boots on and fast as they've not been performing, but one player who can be forgiven for his recent below par performances is Chilean international Alexis Sanchez who is getting back to full match fitness after a long lay-off.

Sanchez now has a couple of games under his belt after his return from injury and he looks ready for a big performance, and his side need one, and I'm taking him at 7.00 to open the scoring on the south coast with William Hills and Ladbrokes.

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