Arsenal will be looking to end the year with a bang when they play host to QPR at the Emirates, and the bookmakers make them red-hot 1.29 to do so.
The Gunners come into the game on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw against Wolves but they have still picked up 26 points from their last 12 games and that ratio – over the course of an entire campaign – would have been enough to win them the title last season.
By stark contrast their opponents have mustered just 10 points from a possible 39, and they have also taken just two pints from their last six games.
It really should be a comfortable derby win for Arsenal, but their are a couple of worrying factors that need to be taken into consideration.
Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rest Robin van Persie, who is two shy of equalling the Premier League record for goals, as his fitness is the key to them keeping up their challenge for a top four place,
The other worry is that the Gunners are currently suffering from a number of defensive injuries and have been really struggling to maintain a clean sheet.
However I still think they will prove too strong in this and Wenger will surely give van Persie a start in his bid to equal or beat Alan Shearer’s record.
The Dutchman will surely want to give it his best shot, and he is a top priced 3.25 with bet365 and Betfred to net the opener. To me that looks like a good price.
One worrying stat is that Arsenal have only managed to score more than one goal four times in their last 15 games at home.
Given their current defensive problems, and the fact that QPR have managed to net against the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Spurs they are likely to need to net at least twice to win this.
That makes a 2-1 victory for Arsenal look tempting in the correct score market at the 9 on offer with Betfred.