PL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Bournemouth

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Arsenal have now drawn each of their last three matches in all competitions after battling to a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Arsene Wenger needs to get his side back on track to avoid slipping off the pace with the league leaders any more.

They are three points off Chelsea but they could be further behind by the time they play on Sunday.

Bournemouth pulled of a 1-0 win away to Stoke last time out to end a winless run of three matches.

They have lost 2-0 in both of their encounters with Arsenal in the past and, with key players unavailable this weekend, they will struggle to avoid defeat again.

Team News 

Arsenal – Arsene Wenger is reportedly planning to give Alexis Sanchez a winter break in order to keep him fresh, which means others could profit in advanced areas this weekend.

CL Match Preview – Arsenal vs Paris Saint Germain

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Arsenal were underwhelming in the weekend trip to Manchester United, but still came away with a point. The 1-1 draw, though, means the Gunners have failed to win back-to-back games for just the second time this season, which doesn’t bode well for the welcome of PSG.

The French side are in good form coming into this one and are unbeaten in their last nine competitive matches, winning eight.

They currently sit level on points with Arsenal atop Group A in a fixture that will likely determine who comes first. Naija and Bet

In a match that neither team will want to lose, a draw is on the cards.

Team News

Arsenal – Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez, Chuba Akpom, Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin are all sidelined for Arsenal.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Arsenal

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Both sides come into this fixture with a number of player absences to deal with. Manchester United’s defence has been butchered ahead of this huge clash with Arsenal, while they will also be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Captain Wayne Rooney is also a huge question mark. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be vulnerable at right-back without Hector Bellerin, while Alexis Sanchez’s involvement will depend on how he recovers from international duty. Place bet on your team on Naijabet.com

Jose Mourinho has never lost a competitive fixture against Arsene Wenger, a run that spans 14 matches. In fact, Arsenal have failed to score against a Mourinho side since 2007, a run that stretches across five matches.

However, United are not in great shape coming into this fixture. They have failed to win each of their last two home league matches.

Match Preview : Arsenal vs Tottenham

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Arsenal showed great spirit to come from 2-0 down to defeat Ludogorets 3-2 in midweek, boosting morale ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby. The Gunners haven’t lost since the opening weekend of the season, winning 12 of their last 15 competitive outings.

Tottenham are in the midst of a six-match winless run, losing two. Spurs looked flat and short of ideas in the midweek 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen and need a much-improved performance to overcome their heated rivals on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Arsenal, but the Gunners should inflict further damage upon an underwhelming Spurs side on Sunday. Naija and Bet

Team News

Arsenal – Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Chuba Akpom and Lucas Perez are all ruled out for Arsenal.

UCL Match Preview : Ludogorets Razgrad vs Arsenal

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Ludogorets will hope for a much-improved showing having fallen to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the reverse fixture. The hosts have won back-to-back games since the loss at the Emirates, however, scoring nine goals in that time.

Arsenal are on a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions and will look to improve their chances of securing top spot with another victory here. Indeed, they’ve won their last four away matches and will be confident of adding a fifth here.

Ludogorets are expected to put in a stronger showing at home, but Arsenal should win here.

Team News

Ludogorets Razgrad – Ludogorets are expected to name a relatively unchanged XI for their welcome of Arsenal. Naijabet.com
The Bulgarian side have no injury or suspension concerns ahead of this fixture.

 

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Arsenal – Theo Walcott is out for Arsenal having missed the 4-1 win over Sunderland at the weekend and may not be risked for here, while Santi Cazorla is expected to sit out ahead of Sunday’s north London derby.

Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker, Lucas Perez and Chuba Akpom all miss out.
Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin haven’t travelled with the squad, with Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson in line to start at left and right-back, respectively.

As at this post Ludogorets Razgrad has 7.51 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Arsenal has 1.42 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.23.

 

 

Match Preview : Arsenal vs Swansea

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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

FA Cup Final Preview – Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Arsenal vs Manchester City

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After an early, largely unwanted, break for international matches, the Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday with a heavyweight contest between champions Manchester City and title hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The new season may be just three matches old, but neither team will want to countenance a defeat after already dropping unwanted points.

The two sides met just a month ago when Arsenal won 3-0 at Wembley in the Community Shield with a triumph that inspired much confidence for the season ahead for Arsene Wenger’s men. But things have not gone smoothly since.

Match facts

Arsenal

Arsenal’s early season suffered a real blow when key striker Olivier Giroud was ruled out for the rest of 2014 with an ankle injury. His presence was clearly missed at the King Power Stadium, increasing the pressure on Wenger to add to his striking options before the close of the transfer window. In the dying hours he responded with the £16 million signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. His debut is now set to come against the local rivals of his boyhood club. With Yaya Sanogo still looking extremely raw and the side struggling with Alexis Sanchez as an unorthodox leader of the line, Welbeck currently looks the best bet.

Manchester City

In contrast to Arsenal, Manchester City trimmed their attacking contingent on deadline day when allowing Alvaro Negredo to go on loan to Valencia in a deal that is likely to be made permanent. And the forward options for Manuel Pellgrini could be further diminished at the Emirates with Stevan Jovetic being forced to miss Montenegro’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Moldova after suffering a hamstring injury in training. After being plagued by injuries in his first season at the Etihad, Jovetic had made a strong start to the campaign, particularly when scoring twice in a 3-1 over Liverpool. If Jovetic is ruled out on Saturday, Pellegrini will be left with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as his only fit forwards.

Predictions

Neither side has hit top gear this season, but must perform in what is already an important match. If City are at their best, and Yaya Toure is tuned in, then they can overpower Arsenal in the center of midfield. Arsenal will also face a challenge to keep tabs on David Silva, who can drift between the lines and really make his side tick. But on home soil and boosted by a debut for Welbeck, Arsenal could battle to secure a point as they did in the same fixture last season.

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet odd or Arsenal to win is 2.76, Manchester City to win is  2.33 to end in draw is 3.25

Everton vs. Arsenal

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Arsenal travel to Everton on Saturday evening for the season’s first game between two sides touted to be at least support acts in the Premier League title drama.

Optimism that has been missing from recent campaigns is rife at the Emirates following their summer business and Community Shield victory over Manchester City.

They were underwhelming in their 2-1 opening-day win over Crystal Palace last weekend, with Aaron Ramsey striking in injury time to complete a comeback which had been started by Laurent Koscielny’s header.

However, Arsene Wenger is open to adding to his squad and still has his trio of World Cup-winning Germans and the injured Theo Walcott to welcome back into the fold as the season progresses.

Everton may not yet be championship material, but their name is being mentioned alongside the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City when managers of the elite clubs discuss a seven-team title race.

Finishing in the top four is the primary aim for the Toffees, and they came within seven points of doing so in Roberto Martinez’s debut campaign, only for their opponents this weekend to pip them to the post.

Their Champions League aspirations have been dealt a blow by the news that England international Ross Barkley could miss up to five months with a knee ligament injury sustained in training.

Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith, both of whom were fringe players last season, proved that the Merseysiders have depth in attacking midfield positions by scoring in their 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

A late goal from Chris Wood denied them victory and, although Martinez admitted that the result felt like two points were thrown away, he is unlikely to make major changes for the Goodison Park encounter.

Seamus Coleman should be recalled at right-back in place of John Stones, but another who was used as a substitute against the Foxes, Kevin Mirallas, may have to make do with a place on the bench again as he works his way back to full fitness after his exploits with Belgium at the World Cup.

Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone remain sidelined, while summer signings Muhamed Besic and Christian Atsu will probably have to wait at least another week before making their debut.

Arsenal have Ramsey available despite his red card in their 0-0 Champions League qualifying first-leg draw with Beskitas on Tuesday, but Wenger does have a long list of potential absentees to worry about.

Kieran Gibbs has joined Walcott, David Ospina and Serge Gnabry in the treatment room, captain Mikel Arteta is a doubt to face his former club and Yaya Sanogo may miss out with a hamstring strain.

That means that Olivier Giroud is likely to get the nod up front. Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are not expected to return until next weekend but could be included if Wenger is short on fit bodies.

Everton are unbeaten in four Premier League games against Arsenal and won 3-0 at Goodison last season.

Recent form

Everton: D

Arsenal: WWD

Possible starting lineups

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; McGeady, Naismith, Pienaar; Lukaku

Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Wilshere, Sanchez; Giroud

Sports Mole says:

PREDICTIONS

Looking at all these analysis, I am predicting  1-0, home win at the end of the match.

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet is tipping Arsenal to win at over 200% and  also Everton to win at slightly over 200% but to end draw is currently at over 300%. This means N1,000 will earn you N3,000 if they end up in draw.

Current Odd :  2.68    3.17    2.43

 

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

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Match facts

  • The Gunners are undefeated in their last 18 home matches in the Premier League.
  • David Ospina is a doubt for Arsène Wenger, who will be without Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi and Theo Walcott through injury.
  • Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker will miss out following their World Cup excursions with Germany.
  • Tony Pulis is expected to hand competitive debuts to summer arrivals Brede Hangeland and Fraizer Campbell when they travel to the Emirates.
  • Jerome Thomas will certainly miss out, while Damien Delaney, Adrian Mariappa and Jonathan Williams are doubts.
  • Joel Ward should start at left-back with Pulis yet to bring in any players in the position this transfer window.

Predictions

Crystal Palace performed commendably following the appointment of Tony Pulis and despite being relegation favourites, the Eagles finished a respectable 11th last season. The hard work starts now though and the Palace boss will be keen to consolidate themselves as a Premier League team this season.

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet is tipping Arsenal to win at 100% and Crystal Palace to win at over 900% while draw is more than 500%.

Odds: 1.21    5.34    11.17