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Match Preview : Arsenal vs Swansea

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Arsenal will be looking to pick up from where they left off before the international break where they won five games in a row.

Swansea, on the other hand, will be looking for a change of fortunes under new manager Bob Bradley. The Swans have lost five of their last six league matches and haven’t won since the opening weekend.

While Arsenal are clear favourites on paper, Swansea have proved a banana skin for Arsene Wenger’s side in the past and that will give encouragement to Bradley ahead of Saturday’s contest. In fact, Swansea are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Emirates Stadium and have won the last two of those.

Team News

Arsenal : Mesut Ozil was replaced at half-time of Germany’s win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening but insists he is not injured. Hector Bellerin also showed no sign of injury after featuring for Spain’s U-21 side last week.

Aaron Ramsey has returned to training but lacks match fitness and won’t feature against Swansea. Olivier Giroud missed the international break with a toe injury but Arsene Wenger has confirmed the striker will miss out this weekend.

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Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson will all miss out at the weekend, but Francis Coquelin is available.

Alexis Sanchez’s involvement for Chile may give Lucas Perez or Giroud the chance to lead the line if Arsene Wenger feels playing Sanchez is not worth the risk.

Swansea : Nathan Dyer is sidelined for the for two months with an ankle injury. Federico Fernandez has missed Swansea’s last three matches with a groin strain and remains a doubt here.

Fernando Llorente missed their 2-1 defeat against Liverpool before the international break with a rib injury and new Swansea manager Bob Bradley will be hoping to have the striker available this weekend. Jefferson Montero is also an injury doubt with a foot injury.

Match Facts

Arsenal have won all their  last 5 Premier League matches

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal‘s last home games in Premier League.

Swansea have lost 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches.

Arsenal have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Swansea in all competitions.

Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches (Premier League).

Swansea have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Arsenal has 1.25 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Swensea has 10.21 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.91

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Everton

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Manchester City are winless in their last two matches and have shown where sides can give them problems in both games. They are perhaps a little fortunate to be coming up against an Everton side that have also lost their way in recent weeks.

Everton are now winless in their last three matches having won five on the spin before that. They have not beaten City in any of their last six matches in Manchester.

The outcome of this fixture could depend on what players can recover from injury in time for both sides. City have a number of injury concerns ahead of this match, which could bring Everton into the game. Naijabet

Team News

Manchester City : Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for three weeks after injuring his hamstring during the international break. Kevin de Bruyne was expected to miss this fixture but could return to the squad earlier than anticipated if there are no setbacks in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

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There were fears Sergio Aguero had picked up an injury on duty with Argentina, but he insists he is fit. Raheem Sterling missed the international period due to a calf injury and remains a doubt for the reception of Everton, but Nolito is back in contention after servin his three-match ban. Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph aren’t expected to feature in any capacity this weekend.

Pep Guardiola has been reluctant in using Leroy Sane so far this season, which could mean Jesus Navas is given another chance to impress should Sterling fail to recover.

Everton : Phil Jagielka was forced to withdraw from the England squad during the international break due to a thigh strain but has been passed fit for this fixture, as have Romelu Lukaku, Darron Gibson and Leighton Baines.

James McCarthy hasn’t featured in any of Everton’s last seven matches because of injury and Ronald Koeman says the midfielder is ‘overloaded’ after featuring heavily during the international break. This suggests he will not play against Manchester City.

Match Fact

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City‘s last 6 PL home games.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home PL matches .

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches (Premier League).

Man City have won 5 of their last 6 home PL matches.

Man City are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Everton in all competitions.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester City has 1.48 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Everton has 4.52 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.81