Arsenal prepare to entertain Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with high hopes of improving on their excellent record against the opposition, having chalked up an impressive 34 wins out of 44 previous matches.
The most recent encounter between these two sides at Emirates Stadium was less than a year ago, in May 2009, when they eased past their opponents in a high-scoring 4-1 thriller, in a Premier League match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2008/2009||Sun 24 May||Arsenal||4-1||Stoke City||PREM|
|2008/2009||Sat 01 Nov||Stoke City||2 - 1||Arsenal||PREM|
|2004/2005||Sun 09 Jan||Arsenal||2 - 1||Stoke City||FAC|
|1996/1997||Wed 13 Nov||Arsenal||5 - 2||Stoke City||LGEC|
|1996/1997||Wed 23 Oct||Stoke City||1 - 1||Arsenal||LGEC|
|1989/1990||Sat 06 Jan||Stoke City||0 - 1||Arsenal||FAC|
|1987/1988||Tue 17 Nov||Arsenal||3 - 0||Stoke City||LGEC|
Recent respective form guides
Arsenal have an excellent home record, winning five and losing just one of the last six games. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 14 goals for the Gunners, with 6 goals against.
Stoke City have an average recent record on the road, collecting 1 win and 3 draws from the last six played. While the Potters have hit 4 goals, 8 have hit the back of the wrong net.
Arsenal's total of 25 points from their 13 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League. Stoke City's 20 points from 14 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
Arsenal may be coming up against a decent side in Stoke City, but I do believe that its going to result in a narrow home win for the Gunners. Home Win
|Arsenal||23 games since last home draw.|
Latest 2 games ended in defeat.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
|Stoke City||Not won in previous 3 away matches.|