Arsenal could only manage a point away at the struggling Norwich on the weekend. They had to fight from behind to get a share of the spoils as well. So the same defensive issues appeared to be there, despite the sacking of Unai Emery. Will they be able to cure three home points against Brighton and snap a six-match winless streak of form? The odds on Arsenal to beat Brighton have the Gunners as clear favourites. Read our Arsenal vs Brighton betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 30th, 2019 at 5:18 p.m.)
After skating Unai emery, Arsenal were expected to breathe a big deep gulp of fresh air and win at the relegation-threatened Norwich on the weekend. It didn’t happen and they had to come from behind to grab a 2-2 draw. Still, back on home soil where they are undefeated for the season, the Gunners look value to secure a win in midweek. Yes, they are on a six-match winless streak of league form home and away (D4 L2) but they are still scoring goals.
Their defence is a mess, there is no leader there, but how troubled are they going to be by Brighton? Arsenal have conceded exactly two goals in four of their last five league games but Brighton don’t look capable of getting to that target trip up Arsenal away from home. The Gunners average 1.8 goals per home game this season and that is looking at the positive of their attacking game. They have quality in Aubameyang and Lacazette up front of goal. Arsenal have been leading at the halftime break in two of their last three on home soil and have failed to convert the position into a win. If they are ahead this time, they have to convert or else Ljungbergs’ chance of getting the permanent managerial role is likely to diminish.
Both league meeting last season ended in a 1-1 draw
Brighton are undefeated in three league games against Arsenal (W1 D2)
Both teams have scored in 7 of the last 8 meetings in all competitions
Arsenal have never lost a home game against Brighton in any competition
Brighton pushed Liverpool close in a 2-1 loss at Anfield on the weekend. But they were out of the game at 2-0 down before the Reds had their keeper sent off. That is a three-match losing streak that the Seagulls are on now. It has been a loss for them in five of their seven away games this season. That is why, even though Arsenal are not great at the back, that this game should end up in a home win.
Brighton’s one road success happened at bottom side Watford. They have conceded an average of 1.8 goals per away game and away from the Amex, Brighton have managed just six goals this season. They have the joint-worst away record in the top flight and there is just no real sign that they are going to trouble a very poor Arsenal defence enough to get the win. Brighton needs a lift as they have lost their last four away games. The streak isn’t likely to be broken here.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 30th, 2019 at 5:18 p.m.)
Arsenal can pull out the win in this one. Even though Brighton are low scoring side, it’s worth a flutter on them getting on the scoreboard at least because Arsenal are poor defending set-pieces. But still, the Gunners should bank three points.
The Gunners fell into more turmoil on Thursday night with a loss at home against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. That was their seventh straight game in all competitions without a win. So will Norwich, who collected three points last weekend in their battle against relegation, be able to take advantage of this situation at Carrow road and grab a win?
The odds on Norwich to beat Arsenal are 3/1* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 29th, 2019 at 3:35 p.m.). Read our Norwich vs Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 29th, 2019 at 3:35 p.m.)
Will the managerial change refresh Arsenal? It is a seven-match winless streak that they are on in all competitions. In the Premier League, it is five without a win for them. They struggled last weekend to earn a point at home against the relegation-threatened Southampton. Twice Arsenal had to come from behind to get the point, Alexandre Lacazette saving them in the final of the minute of that. Unai Emery has gone so former attacking player Freddie Ljungberg is in temporary charge.
Arsenal have taken one away win this season (D2 L3), losing back-to-back fixtures away from the Emirates. For all of their attacking power, they have only managed five away goals, which suggests that their issues were more tactical than anything else because they have been scoring freely at home. Arsenal have failed to win any of their last five on the road, but on paper, this still looks like a very winnable fixture for them and they are unbeaten in six against the Canaries in all competitions.
This is the first EPL meeting since the 2015/16 season
The Gunners took four points against Norwich that season
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five league games against Norwich (W4 D1)
Norwich are W1 D1 L1 in their last three EPL home fixtures against Arsenal
It is telling that Norwich’s only two clean sheets have happened away from home this season. At Carrow Road, they have consistently tried to play an open attacking game in search of points, and that has left them open at the back. Norwich have lost their last three home games, part of a W2 L4 record that they have going there without any clean sheet on the board this season. Last weekend they landed a huge three points with a shock 2-0 away win at Everton.
They have scored in all but one of their home games this season so there is a decent chance of both teams getting on the scoresheet in this one. But it’s the defence which has to be called into question. Norwich have conceded over 2.5 goals per game on average at home in this campaign and they have been losing at both half time and full time in their last three home games. It is not a bad time for them to be facing Arsenal perhaps, but whether their defence can withstand a quality attack that Arsenal do have, remains to be seen.
Arsenal should be able to get the win, just because they do have quality up front and are facing a dodgy Norwich defence. The change at the top could just be the thing that the Gunners need to get their act together again. Away win.
Arsenal will qualify for the next round of the competition if they avoid defeat on Thursday night. There is some mounting pressure on boss Unai Emery, for who, things haven’t been going all that well lately. Arsenal were denied a win on Matchday Four but the odds on Arsenal to beat Eintracht Frankfurt sees them kick off favourites on Thursday night. Read our Arsenal vs Eintracht Frankfurt betting tips for more.
Eintracht Frankfurt 11/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 26th, 2019 at 8:35 p.m.)
The Gunners looked set to make it four wins from this group, but they were denied a fourth straight win because of a late equaliser out at Victoria in their last fixture. The Gunners are well in control of the group however and have secured back-to-back home wins. The fact that Arsenal have tallied up seven goals in their two home fixtures leaves them in very good standing for this fixture as well. The Gunners secured a 3-0 away win at Frankfurt and will be expected to get somewhere near that scoreline back at the Emirates against them, so the odds on Arsenal to beat Frankfurt for a second time are at 19/20* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 26th, 2019 at 8:35 p.m.)
Arsenal do have such a great record in the Europa League. They have won 22 of their 33 previous matches in the competition. If you dig out their home record from that then it is even better reading at W12 D3 L1. With their W3 D1 record so far in this campaign and plenty of goals on the board, then the Gunners look easy favourites here.
They have a W18 D6 L15 record overall against German opposition in European action. From their 19 previous home games, Arsenal have won 12 such fixtures. But five of the six home losses against Germany opposition that they have suffered have been in their last eight in London. While that end of the statistic is a little bit shaky, Arsenal are in great shape overall at home in Europe.
In each of their previous two Europa League group stage campaigns, Arsenal have taken seven points at home. But they are currently on a seven-match winning streak at the Emirates in the tournament (group stage to final) and they have earned five of those wins with a clean sheet. However, in all competitions, Arsenal are on a six-match winless streak and boss Unai Emery is really under pressure.
The Matchday 1 meeting in this campaign was the first meeting between the two clubs
Frankfurt are locked on six points alongside Standard Liege and this arguably is their most difficult away games. So if they were to lose this and then see Standard beat Victoria on the night, then that could leave them in a tough spot. They were so good in Europe last season making a run to the semi-finals of the Europa League, beating Shakhtar Donetsk, Inner and Benfica (all of which had dropped from the Champions League) to get there.
They started this campaign in the second qualifying round and are in the group stage of the competition for the third time. Their overall record in the Europa League is superb at W23 D6 L5. Out on their travels, they hold a W10 D3 L4 Europa League record and they were on a five-match winning streak away from home before a group stage loss at Standard Liege. In their other away game, they took a 1-0 win at Vitoria. Three of their four games in this group have been settled by a one-goal margin. Their record against English opposition is W2 D4 L4. In England they have taken a D1 L3 return, losing on penalties at Chelsea in last season’s semi-finals after a 1-1 draw.
The Gunners are struggling to get their form and momentum up and running at the moment. This is a bit of a pressure situation for them at least in terms of Emery’s position at the club. Arsenal have a great home record in the competition and can deliver a narrow win.
The big clash of the Premier League comes from Old Trafford on Monday evening. It will see home team Manchester United attempting to pull themselves out of a slump which has seen them win only three of seven games in all competitions this season. They haven’t been up to par and trail Arsenal by three points in the league. Could this be a great time for the Gunners to pay a visit to the northwest and bag three points against a potential top-four rival? The odds on Arsenal to beat Manchester United to beat Arsenal are at 2/1* (Betting Odds were taken from Unibet on September 27th, 2019 at 3:34 p.m.)
Manchester United 11/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 27th, 2019 at 3:34 p.m.)
The threat of the Gunners will be in what they can produce as an attacking unit. It is not as if they are going to pay a visit to Old Trafford and run a tight ship at the back. In fact, their defence has been very poor, conceding at least two goals in each of their last four games. But they look a look more threatening and potent up front than what United do.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored six goals this season for the Gunners in the EPL. That’s just two fewer than what Manchester United have managed as a squad. So if Arsenal can get the balls into him, then they are going to be in with a very good shout of winning this game. They are missing Alexandre Lacazette through injury but have Nicolas Pepe and impressive youngster Bukayo Saka could feature.
It’s been no real secret that Arsenal have been struggling away from home in the Premier League for the last couple of seasons. This season they are W1 D1 L1 on their travels. The Gunners have lost three of their last six on the road, but they are on a four-match scoring streak on their travels at least. By no strength of the imagination are they a reliable road team.
But on the balance of things, for their trip to Old Trafford, with Manchester United looking well out of sorts, it adds to the value of Arsenal pulling off an upset in this fixture. The Gunners have drawn two of their last three league visits to Old Trafford (L1) and they did bank four points against the Red Devils last season. So maybe the away win could just happen in this one.
If you picture a high scoring game coming, then you would imagine that would suit Arsenal more. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last five Premier League games so there is that trend there. The Gunners themselves have scored at least two goals in four of their last five league games and in their last three on the bounce.
So it all adds up. Four of the last five meetings between the two rivals in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals. Three of the last four league fixtures at Old Trafford have gone over the goal line as well. With United not having a recognised number nine in their team, a wide-open shootout will suit Arsenal better.
United have lost two of their last four league games. Last weekend they went down without a fight 2-0 at West Ham. Then in midweek, they couldn’t get the better of Rochdale at Old Trafford over 90 minutes in an EFL Cup tie. United got the job done on penalties and while they weren’t at full strength, players like Paul Pogba, Daniel James and Juan Mata took part.
It was tactically where they were short. The Red Devils just don’t have an out and out striker, instead of relying on the pace from their youngsters. They will be missing Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial so their attacking line up has been further depleted. It probably means that 17-year-old Mason Greenwood is going to get a start because United really don’t have any other options. Even though he played in midweek on a return from injury, Paul Pogba remains a doubt for this one.
The odds on Arsenal to beat Manchester United at 2/1 with Unibet are well worth considering* (Betting Odds were taken from Unibet on September 27th, 2019 at 3:34 p.m.). United look short of creativity in the middle of the park and don’t have a real goal-getter in their side. Arsenal are weaker defensively but can steal the show with their greater attacking threat. Arsenal to win.
Liverpool v Arsenal EPL Preview – Saturday, August 24th 2019 – 5.30 pm
The big game of the Premier League weekend comes from Anfield on Saturday evening. Liverpool will be stepping out on home soil as they look to extend a very good home record against Arsenal. These are the only two clubs who made 100% winning starts over their first two fixtures of the new season. Can Arsenal’s impressive attack cause an upset on Merseyside? The odds on Arsenal to beat Liverpool are at 19/4* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.)
The big asset that Arsenal have is a very exciting and potentially prolific goalscoring attack. There are proven sources of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette there, but over the summer they added the new key part to their attacking line-up. That was the arrival of Nicolas Pepe, who moved from Lille.
The 24-year-old scored a total of 35 goals in 74 appearances for Lille. so once he has fully integrated into the Arsenal set up, manager Unai Emery naturally taking his time with him early in the season, then that is a great extra dimension that Arsenal are going to have at their disposal. Will their club-record player be thrown into the action from the start on Saturday evening?
Arsenal have won their opening two games of the season both by a one-goal margin. Their opening win came on Tyneside as they collected a 1-0 victory over the struggling Newcastle. Then in their first home game of the new campaign Arsenal survived a stern challenge from Burnley. Goals from Aubamyeang and Lacazette give Arsenal a 2-1 home success.
But it has been successes this season for Arsenal by narrow margins. But they won’t mind that so early on and knowing that they are likely only going to get better. Arsenal had a terrible time things out on the road in last season’s top flight. They produced a W7 D4 L8 record and managed just one clean sheet away from the Emirates Stadium all season. Their away record saw them go D2 L7 in their nine away games against the other top 10 finishers.
But it is a new season and Arsenal have to be up for this first big test for the season against another of the big six teams. Given that both clubs can put out very strong attacking units the odds on Arsenal to win and both teams to score it is at 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.).
With a renewed belief that they can challenge for a top-four place this season once again, Arsenal will also be looking at Liverpool’s defence. The defence of Liverpool has not looked quite as sharp as it was last season. So this could be a great time for Arsenal to be going to Anfield really without any pressure on their shoulders. The bookmakers are certainly expecting Arsenal to lose.
Make no mistake about it this is going to be a huge challenge for Arsenal because you know that Liverpool are going to create chances during the match, even if they aren’t playing at their best. We saw that last weekend when the Reds produced a 2-1 win at Southampton without ever really getting up to top gear. Liverpool have also remained undefeated 39 home matches in the Premier League.
Liverpool have been winning at both half-time and full time in their last three home matches against Arsenal in all competitions. So will Arsenal be able to breach that immense home form which Liverpool have? Arsenal are currently on an eight-match winless streak of form against the Reds in the Premier League, losing five of those fixtures. Even though they don’t have a great record at Anfield, they have at least drawn two of their last three against Liverpool in top-flight action.
The odds-on Arsenal to beat Liverpool are naturally pretty big at that 19/4 quote* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 20th, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.). There is a reason for that of course and that reason is Liverpool are one of the top two teams in the country. There will be very few people expecting Arsenal to go to Anfield, and get to get a win.
That means they can play without pressure of expectation really, and perhaps take on the Liverpool defence which has been nowhere near its best this season. Whatever the outcome of the match it has the promise of been very high-scoring affair and six of the last seven meetings have all produced at least four goals.
The wonderful old rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United gets renewed on Sunday in a 4:30 PM kick-off at the Emirates stadium in North London. The first meeting between these two this season produced a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in early December.
While this great rivalry itself has produced so many classics over the years. There are a very important three points riding on this next clash between the two. The odds on Arsenal to beat Manchester United at home on the weekend are at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
Manchester United 2/1
Draw 13/5 odds
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
This should be really fascinating battle between the two sides. In December’s meeting at Old Trafford, it was Arsenal who got themselves a lead twice in the fixture. Neither time that they managed to get themselves in front on the day, did they hold that lead for very long.
But the Gunners gave a good account of themselves in such a big away game. The odds-on Arsenal to beat Manchester United are at 7/5 to see them convert on home soil against the Red Devils* (betting odds taken from bet365 on March 8, 2019, 7:07 PM)
Arsenal have some terrific home form going at the moment. Their current streak of eight straight league home wins has left them in a position of holding the joint second best home record in the entire division. Only Manchester City have a better home record in this season’s league than Arsenal currently have. In their current eight match winning streak Arsenal have scored at least two goals in seven of those successes. Overall this season they have averaged 2.3 goals per home game.
So they have the attacking power behind them to cause Manchester United some problems again. Arsenal have also been strong at the back as well on home soil this season. The Gunners have conceded at an average of 0.8 goals per home fixtures this season. Their overall home record in the Premier League this season stands at W12 D2 L1 and they are unbeaten in their last 14 at the Emirates. Their only loss was in the very first home game of the season which was against Manchester City.
The Gunners have played four home games this season against other big six sides. In those, they have taken wins over Chelsea and Tottenham, and they earned a point against Liverpool along with that defeat against the Citizens. So Arsenal have done pretty well on home soil in their big home games. Eight of their 12 home wins this season have been by a to goal margin. The Gunners have scored 69% of their home goals in the second half of fixtures.
Manchester United are on a four-match undefeated streak of form against Arsenal across all competitions, winning three of those four. The last season’s corresponding fixture Manchester United collected a 3-1 victory at the Emirates, but Arsenal had won their two previous home games against the Red Devils, both with a clean sheet. There really hasn’t been much between them in recent meetings and in the last seven Premier league clashes Manchester United are slightly ahead with a W3 D2 L2 record over the Gunners.
This will, of course, be no easy challenge against Manchester United. The Red Devils are undefeated in the Premier League since December 22. They have won 10 of their last 12 played (D2). Their away form is right on point at the moment having won each of their last six. But it is worth putting into context that all but one of the six games were against sides who are currently in the bottom half of the table. The one exception of that away sequence was United’s 1-0 away win at Tottenham back in mid-January.
They do have the scoring form as well to put up a good showing in this one as they have averaged exactly 2 goals per away game this season. 73% of Manchester United away games this season have made it over 2.5 goals line. In their last six road games, the United defence has conceded just the two goals. But they will be facing a strong attack that Arsenal are currently carrying on home soil. Manchester United will be defending a one-point lead over Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish this season.