Paddy Power (£100 Free Bets) Latest Betting Odds: Arsenal 3/10, draw 9/2, Blackburn 10/1
Arsenal go into this weekend’s clash with Blackburn Rovers on the back of four Premier League games without a win as Paddy Power make them heavy favorites at 1/3. Rovers meanwhile are in search of crucial points in their battle for survival.
The Gunners did manage to stop a run of three straight league defeats with a 0-0 draw at Bolton during the week, but this was yet another frustrating match for them where plenty of chances were wasted.
As for where this leaves them in the league table, they are down in 7th position at the moment, five points adrift of the top four. Considering Champions League qualification is a must for them, this is a real worry.
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Wenger’s men cannot afford to panic though because they are probably only a few poor results away from being too far away from 4th position. They need to stay calm and begin a winning run during this weekend’s game with Blackburn.
As for the away side, well they are all set to be in a relegation battle for the rest of the season. At the moment they are in touch with safety – they are two points adrift of 17th placed Bolton – and every game is a cup final for them.
Looking back at their results from this season, there is no doubt that the draw at Liverpool and the win at Old Trafford stand out as their most positive results, so perhaps they will relish a trip to Arsenal?
Nothing is expected of Steve Kean’s team this weekend, so perhaps they can go to the Emirates with the pressure off and fully aware that Arsenal are rather fragile at the moment.
As far as the team news is concerned for this one, the home side could be tempted to hand Thierry Henry his first start since returning to the club, while Blackburn could hand debuts to January signings Bradley Orr and Marcus Olsson.