Preston North End v Arsenal Betting Preview – 07/01/17

Preston North End v Arsenal Betting Preview – 07/01/17

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Preston North End v Arsenal Betting Preview – 07/01/17

In our Preston North End v Arsenal betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Preston North End will be looking to take an FA Cup scalp when they take on Premier League giants Arsenal at Deepdale in Saturday’s evening kick off. The Gunners will be looking to take their minds off their recent frustrations in the league by reaching the fourth round of the competition for the 21st consecutive season. In their last outing Arsenal showed great fighting spirit to fight back from 3-0 down away at AFC Bournemouth and draw 3-3 with all their goals coming in the last 20 minutes. Preston meanwhile picked up a victory in their last fixture, beating Burton Albion 1-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Preston’s form has been pretty inconsistent over the festive period, winning twice, drawing twice and losing once. The Lilywhites beat Bristol City and Burton Albion but both came away from home and they have struggled a little at Deepdale of late. They have managed to win just one of their last six matches in front of their own supporters, a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers, with four of those fixtures finishing as draws. They are in no danger of being relegated in the Championship however, sitting comfortably in mid-table 12 points above the drop zone so a cup run would be a welcome bonus to their season.

The Lancastrians had a decent FA Cup run two seasons ago whilst in League One, reaching the fifth round of the competition before losing to Manchester United. They do not however have a good record against sides from the top tier, losing against Liverpool and Chelsea as well as United in their last three attempts at a giant-killing. The last time they faced Arsenal in an FA Cup tie was back in 1999, that day the Gunners came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 and it is difficult to see them winning this time with the Gunners having something of a point to prove after recent performances.

Arsene Wenger’s men have had one or two struggles on the road of late, which they will look to address when they arrive at Deepdale. The Gunners are without a win in three matches on the road having lost to both Everton and Manchester City before their mid-week draw against AFC Bournemouth. Granted they showed great spirit to come from 3-0 down at the Vitality Stadium, but they were expected to perform much better in that match and realistically shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. The usually reliable Hector Bellerín struggled up against Ryan Fraser whilst Shkodran Mustafi looked out of sorts having returned from injury. The two of them may well be rested for this match with Wenger well known for giving youngsters a chance in cup competitions, so the likes of Rob Holding could be in line for a start. Danny Welbeck is also thought to be in contention having being absent all season through injury.

This game should also provide the perfect chance for Lucas Perez to get an opportunity to shine. The striker, signed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, hasn’t had that much game time this season but has impressed in recent weeks when given the opportunity. He scored a wonderful volleyed goal at AFC Bournemouth last time out and the fans have been calling for Wenger to start him. Should Perez start, we fancy him to have a major impact on this match in order to stake his claim for further involvement in the Premier League. Arsenal have a rich history in this competition, they have won the title 12 times which makes them the joint most successful club in the FA Cup along with Manchester United. They have enjoyed successes in recent seasons, winning the cup back-to-back in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns whilst also reaching the quarter-final stage last term.

This won’t a straight forward fixture for Arsenal and Preston are more than capable of ruffling a few feathers. They will make it difficult for the Gunners to play their free-flowing football by closing them down instantly, but it is questionable as to how long they can keep it up for. We think that Arsenal will win, but the home side are likely to get on the scoresheet at least given Arsenal’s recent defensive errors and backing Arsenal & BTTS offers more value at 19/10 than just backing the away win.

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Arsenal to win & BTTS (Best priced at 19/10 with William Hill) – BET HERE

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