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In a sentence: Relegation-threatened Stoke go in search of their first victory in 10 league attempts at the Emirates, when they face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Last time: Loanee Jese struck on his debut back in August to give the Potters all three points.

This time: Arsenal are the overwhelming favourites at 1/3, with Stoke at 17/2 and the draw 21/5.

You might remember: Aaron Ramsey’s horrific leg break six years ago. The Welshman was scythed down by Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross in the 3-1 triumph for the Gunners and spent the following nine months on the sidelines.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have looked good so far at the Emirates, and they’ll look to put Stoke to the sword on Sunday

This Premier League preview begins with sixth-placed Arsenal, who know any realistic hopes of Champions League football next season rest solely on their progress in the Europa League. Ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has been the subject of intense scrutiny this week and the German appears to be the first choice to replace Arsene Wenger if the Arsenal legend finally steps down in May.

The pressure is mounting for visitors Stoke and their 10 year run in England’s top flight is under serious threat. The Staffordshire-based club still have proverbial six-pointers against West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swansea to navigate, but need to pick up results elsewhere before these matches become dead rubbers.

Premier League predictions for this clash show Arsenal at 1/3 to claim only a second win in five domestic fixtures after the recent humbling losses against Tottenham, Manchester City and Brighton. The North London club are formidable on home soil and have collected maximum points in 11 of the 15 matches at the Emirates. The Gunners tend to put relegation fodder to the sword and will enjoy the occasion.

Travelling squad Stoke are 17/2 to earn a shock win but the likelihood of this coming to fruition is extremely doubtful. The Potters have only mustered six goals from their 10 visits so far and it’s likely to be a long afternoon for Shawcross and his defence.

The stalemate is 21/5 and if you fancy this as part of your football predictions, it would rely heavily on Jack Butland putting in a man of the match performance and Arsenal having an off day.

Club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has started life well in the capital and has three strikes from his first five appearances. The Gabon speedster is the 11/4 favourite to open proceedings and should get plenty of chances to add to his tally.

Similarly, veteran forward Peter Crouch is 23/2 in the same market and will depend on the width of Shaqiri and Ramadan Sobhi. The 37-year-old is likely to target Shkodran Mustafi who is vulnerable in the air. 

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang. The duo developed a telepathic understanding at Dortmund and have continued where they left off since their January moves to the capital. The Armenian playmaker has four assists to his name and the Arsenal No.14 has been the main beneficiary of his creativity. There are a host of football predictions focused on the new fan favourites and Mkhitaryan is 5/4 to get on the scoresheet anytime. 

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We fancy:

A convincing home win for Arsenal. The Londoners are available at 30/1 to triumph 5-0 in the football score predictions sector. Further popular football betting predictions include the hosts to net in the first and second half at 17/20 and if history is anything to go by, this should be a near formality.

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It's a long shot, but:

The both teams to score predictions offer is 4/5. Other outlandish football betting tips for the weekend display the Potters at 90/2 to win both halves of action. 

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.