Two teams in poor form meet when Middlesbrough host Arsenal. Opta tries to prise them apart.
"Middlesbrough have conceded more goals against Arsenal than against any other opponent in the Premier League (62 in 29 games)."
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal (W2 D2), although this will be the first meeting at the Riverside since December 2008. The draw is [4.4].
Arsenal's 7-0 win over Middlesbrough in January 2006 is their joint-largest margin of victory in Premier League history (alongside 7-0 v Everton in May 2005). The Gunners are [1.58] to win again.
Middlesbrough have conceded more goals against Arsenal than against any other opponent in the Premier League (62 in 29 games). Over 2.5 goals is [1.76].
Prior to the 0-0 draw in this season's reverse fixture, Arsenal had scored in 16 consecutive Premier League games against them, winning 10 of those (D4 L2). Over 3.5 goals is [2.9].
Olivier Giroud is the only current member of the Arsenal squad to have netted against Middlesbrough in any competition (two in the FA Cup). Giroud is [2.2] to score.
Arsenal have lost four successive Premier League away games for the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign at the club, with the previous run of four league away defeats in a row coming back in April 1995. Middlesbrough are [6.8] to win.
The Gunners haven't lost five successive top-flight away games since December 26th 1984. The only Arsenal players to have appeared in the Premier League this season and be alive when this happened were Petr Cech (2 years, 220 days old) and Santi Cazorla (13 days old). You can lay Arsenal at [1.59].
Middlesbrough are the least threatening side in front of goal in the Premier League this season; scoring just 22 goals and attempting only 78 shots on target in 31 games (less than three a match on average). Under 2.5 goals is [2.26].
Arsenal are 14 points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table coming in to this matchday; the first time they've been 14+ points behind them in the league table since May 5th 1963 (also 14). The Gunners are now [12.0] to beat Spurs in their Season Match Bet market.
Dan Fitch 2016/17 Season P/L
Staked: 450 pts
Returned: 446.60 pts
P/L: -3.40 pts