Preston vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Arsenal head to Deepdale on FA Cup duty after a disappointing draw against Bournemouth last midweek. The 3-3 thriller at Vitality Stadium may or may not have written the obituary for Arsenal’s title ambitions but the Gunners will draw inspiration from the character they’ve shown in the last 20 minutes, which helped them overturn a 3-0 deficit. Arsene Wenger have won six FA Cup titles during his 21 year stint at Arsenal and should he lift the trophy for the seventh time this season, he will surpass former Aston Villa manager George Ramsey, who also has the honor of guiding his team to six FA Cup silverwares. The Frenchman has already voiced that FA Cup is a “big priority” for his club and is expected to select a strong line-up from the available options he has.
The Lilywhites sit 11thon the Championship point table when they welcome the Gunners on Saturday evening. Preston manager Simon Grayson had faced Arsenal twice in the FA Cup third round during his Leeds United days, both times his team was knocked out by the North Londoners. Grayson would look for a better result this time even though his team’s recent form hasn’t been much inspiring. Preston haven’t won two consecutive games in the Championship since October and have surrendered points at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds since Christmas.
This is a fixture that has produced fireworks in the past. 15 goals have been scored in the last three matches played by these two sides at Deepdale, the last one going 4-2 in Arsenal’s way almost 17 years ago. Preston have beaten Premier League side Bournemouth back in September in the EFL Cup, adopting a 5-3-2 formation. But they could resort to a 4-2-3-1 for neutralizing Arsenal with Aiden McGeady and Callum Robinson in the wings. Arsenal might rest Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi for the tie, who seemed far from their best against Bournemouth last week. Arsenal have conceded 7 goals in their last three away trips and the absence of Francis Coquelin, Mustafi and Bellerin will definitely increase their chances of conceding. We will root for an Arsenal win with both teans to score.
- Arsenal(5th in the Premier League, last 5 matches in all competitions)
3-3(Away, Bournemouth)2-0(Home, Crystal Palace)1-0(Home, West Brom)1-2(Away, Man City)1-2(Away, Everton)
- Preston North End(11th in the Championship, last 5 matches in all competitions)
1-0(Away, Burton Albion)1-1(Home, Sheffield Wednesday)1-4(Home, Leeds)2-1(Away, Bristol City)1-1(Away, Nottingham Forest)
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12 October, 1999
Arsenal 2-Preston 1