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Bournemouth vs Arsenal: Cherries picked out for another goal feast

Bournemouth vs Arsenal Match Preview and Predictions

Arsenal are back from the international break looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games in all competitions, although that run was in danger of ending against Wolves last time out.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a point four minutes from time to preserve their record and his equaliser also ensured Arsenal drew for the third game in a row.

Bournemouth are just four points behind the Gunners in sixth place but lost their last two matches against Manchester United and Newcastle.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 25th November

What time is kick-off? 13:30

Where is it being played? Vitality Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Craig Pawson

Bournemouth vs Arsenal Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Sunday's game for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Arsenal were fortunate to get a result against Wolves a couple of weeks ago when Bernd Leno was named man of the match for a series of excellent saves.

If the Gunners are to return to winning ways they must overcome the hurdle of the Vitality Stadium which has not been a happy hunting ground for them in the last couple of years.

Two seasons ago, Arsenal trailed 3-0 with 20 minutes to go but earned a point thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud, players that have all since left the Emirates.

Ten months ago, Hector Bellerin broke the deadlock only for Jordon Ibe and Callum Wilson to secure the Cherries' first ever win against Arsenal.

Feature match previews for this weekend

If you're interested in tips on our feature matches for the weekend, check out our in-depth previews below:

First goalscorer tips

Callum Wilson scored his first international goal in England's 3-0 victory over the United States and he will be buzzing ahead of Sunday's game.

The former Coventry striker has scored six goals this season, broken the deadlock in two of his last three games and found the net in this fixture two years in a row, so he gets the seal of approval to be first goalscorer at 5/1.

Anytime goalscorer tips

It's only a matter of time before Lucas Torreira gets his first goal for the Gunners so we want to be on early before his Premier League betting odds start to tumble.

The Uruguay midfielder went close against Wolves and it was around this time last year that he went on a mini-scoring spree of three goals in as many games for Sampdoria. Take the 17/2 on Torreira in the anytime scorer odds.

Where the game will be won or lost

Arsenal have been entertaining away from home this season with both teams scoring in all five matches which have seen a total of 23 goals.

Bournemouth's matches are averaging just over three goals a game so we have all the ingredients for a thriller on Sunday. With the both teams to score odds set at just 40/85, we prefer over 3.5 goals at 13/10 which would have paid out in four of Arsenal's away matches.

If you need further evidence, goals have hardly been in short supply between these sides lately with an average of four goals per game from the last two seasons.

The next of our Bournemouth vs Arsenal predictions is for Bournemouth to win the first half at 11/4. The Cherries have not been losing at half-time (W3 D3) this season, whereas only Arsenal and Cardiff have yet to be ahead at the break in 12 attempts.

We're taking a punt on the half-time/full-time market for the last of our free football tips and like the look of 12/1 on Bournemouth leading at the break but the game ending in a draw.

Only Manchester City have a better second-half record than Arsenal (W9 D1 L2) and away from home they have won four from five.

Team news

Striker Josh King could return to contention for Bournemouth after missing the last four Premier League games due to an ankle injury. Full-back Adam Smith is definitely out and faces a long spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury at Newcastle.

Arsenal will be without a quartet of defenders. While Sokratis Papastathopoulos has recovered from an ankle injury, Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Nacho Monreal and Stephan Lichtsteiner (both hamstring) are all still missing. Danny Welbeck (ankle) is a long-term absentee but Mohamed Elneny is fit again following a thigh complaint.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Arsenal have the best average of all Premier League teams for goals scored away from home (2.8) and four of their five matches on the road have produced at least four goals in total. Bournemouth have one of the best attacks in the country for creating chances so over 3.5 goals looks a decent shout at 13/10.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football