Tony Pulis men are renowned for their strong home form and Arsenal will need to be at their best to leave with all three points. However, the bookies have installed the away side as strong favourites for the clash, with Bet365 offering just 11/10 on an Arsenal win – which looks very skinny, indeed.
Stoke, who opened their season up with a 1-1 draw away at newly promoted Reading last weekend, are a best priced 11/4 with Ladbrokes to take all three points whilst the draw is a 12/5 (Bet365) shot. Of those three prices, the odds of a Stoke home win definitely appeal the most.
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It’s worth remembering when assessing those prices that Stoke have won three of their last five home matches in all competitions against Arsenal and have a uncanny knack of stopping the Gunners from playing their passing football.
With the lack of striking options this weekend for Arsenal, who have yet to find a suitable replacement for Robin Van Persie, they could struggle to find a way through against a dogged Stoke defence.
New signing Santi Cazorla did look a handful in midfield, but there is now a distinct lack of a a natural goalscorer.
Much will depend on Lucas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, who were picked up in the summer, but with only one or two games under their belts in the English Premiership, it may take time for the side to gel – especially with the departure of their main striking force.
One man that hasn’t had any problems finding the net against Arsenal is Stoke striker Peter Crouch.
The England international has scored seven Premier League goals against Arsenal at a variety of clubs, and notched the opener in this fixture last season where the game ended 1-1.
Four of the last six meetings between Stoke and Arsenal in all competitions have ended with a 3-1 scoreline.
For a repeat, you can get 14/1 (Paddy Power) on a 3-1 Arsenal win and 30/1 (Paddy Power) for a Stoke 3-1 victory.