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14/01/2018 | 1:30 pm

In a sentence: Bournemouth will attempt to beat Arsenal for the first time in their history when they welcome the Gunners to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Last time: Arsenal recorded a 3-0 win when Bournemouth travelled to the Emirates Stadium earlier this season. Danny Welbeck scored a brace for the Gunners, while Alexandre Lacazette was also on the scoresheet.

This time: Bournemouth are 9/2 to win it with Arsenal available at 13/20 and the draw at 7/2.

You might remember: These two teams played out a pulsating 3-3 draw in the corresponding match in the Premier League last season. Olivier Giroud scored a late equaliser for Arsenal as Bournemouth were denied their first ever victory over the Gunners.

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Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal in the summer and has scored regularly, with eight goals to his name

Arsenal will attempt to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they travel to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. The sixth-placed Gunners have drawn their last two in the league against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, and are now five points off the top four. Bournemouth, meanwhile, will enter the match just outside of the relegation zone in 16th. That said, the Cherries are unbeaten in their three top-flight fixtures since losing heavily at Manchester City on December 23.

Bournemouth are 9/2 to collect all three points as they look to move clear of the relegation zone. Eddie Howe’s side are currently 16th in the table – just one point outside of the relegation zone having won just four times in the league all season. The Cherries also have one of the poorer home records in the division, but are unbeaten in their last three – including a 2-1 win over Everton on home soil last time out.

Arsenal are 13/20 to triumph as the Gunners look to bounce back from the disappointment of Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger’s side have not actually lost in the league since Manchester United won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on December 2, but they have drawn five of their last seven in the top flight. The capital outfit have also only won three of their 11 league games on the road during the 2017-18 campaign.

The draw is 7/2, which is good value when considering that Arsenal have been the draw specialist in recent weeks. It is also worth remembering that the points were shared when the two teams met at the Vitality Stadium last season. Bournemouth would certainly take a point as they look to continue their unbeaten run, but Arsenal will be desperate for all three as they chase down the Champions League spots.

Callum Wilson is 7/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Bournemouth striker can be backed at 14/1 to score twice or more against the Gunners. He netted an equaliser against Brighton & Hove Albion in Bournemouth’s last Premier League match, and has six in total during the 2017-18 campaign.

Alexandre Lacazette is 18/5 in the first goalscorer market. The Frenchman has eight Premier League strikes to his name this season, but has not scored in his last seven appearances in the top flight. It is 21/20 that the 26-year-old nets during the 90 minutes of football at the Vitality Stadium.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

The first goalscorer market has plenty of value. As mentioned, Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson are 18/5 and 7/1 respectively at one end of the scale. Meanwhile, Nathan Ake can be backed at 33/1, and Hector Bellerin at 35/1.

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We fancy:

Arsenal to win with both teams on the scoresheet is available at 2/1. The Gunners have conceded plenty of goals in recent weeks, and Bournemouth will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet. That said, the Gunners have enough quality to secure all three points at the Vitality Stadium this weekend.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Correct score of 3-1 Bournemouth is available at 45/1. Bournemouth have only lost one of their last five home matches in all competitions, while Arsenal have won just one of their last five on the road. The Cherries could triumph in front of a vocal home support.

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Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.