Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Arsenal

Venue: London Stadium – Saturday, December 3 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 4/1 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 4/6

Match Preview

West Ham host Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday evening in the first ever Premier League London derby at the Hammers’ new ground.

Both sides were in EFL Cup action in midweek and both were dumped out of the competition – West Ham losing 4-1 away at Man United, while Arsenal suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.

But attentions now turn back to Premier League action and this is an important game for the Hammers who need to gain confidence – winning a big game like this could give them the lift they need.

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Slaven Bilic’s side are just one point and two places above the drop zone after 13 games, following a disappointing start to the season, although the move to a new ground could be seen as a major reason for struggling.

West Ham recorded two consecutive wins in October, but have since gone on a run of four league games without victory (D2, L2), although they have stemmed the flow of defeats, losing just two of their last seven (W2, D3).

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success in a tricky game at home to Bournemouth last weekend and while they’ll be disappointed to lose in the EFL Cup in midweek, it was never a priority this season.

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The Gunners are still yet to lose a league game since the opening day defeat to Liverpool (W8, D4) and will come into this game as favourites, given their opponents’ inconsistency.

Arsene Wenger’s side are also undefeated away from home in all competitions this season, so they’ll be hoping to continue their impressive run to keep in touch with the front-runners.

The last meeting between these two sides was a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park back in April. West Ham have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 16 attempts in the league (D3, L12), although that did come at the Emirates last season when they won 2-0.

Team News

West Ham will be without Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio after both suffered groin injuries in midweek. Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Sam Byram (hamstring) are also out, while Andy Carroll and Arthur Masuaku could return to the squad.

Arsenal’s familiar problem with injuries is no different this season. They will be without Mathieu Debuchy after he suffered a hamstring injury last weekend, while Olivier Giroud (groin) is a doubt. Santi Cazorla has undergone ankle surgery and will be sidelined for a further three months. Hector Bellerin (ankle) remains out, while Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are long-term absentees. Mohamed Elneny was taken off early in midweek, reportedly suffering with illness, but will hope to be fit for action this weekend.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/L/D/L/D

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: The Gunners are unbeaten in eight league visits to West Ham (W6, D2).

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean doesn’t even seem to need to play well to produce results. He didn’t have his greatest game last weekend, yet he still netted twice and proved to be the difference for Arsenal. That’s the sign of a world-class player. His work ethic is above anyone’s and he could be crucial once again.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal – This is always a tough game to call. But Arsenal will sense an opportunity as Man City and Chelsea play each other, so there is a chance to make up some ground on at least one of them. The Hammers are still struggling to find their feet at the London Stadium and they could be exposed again if the Gunners perform how we all know they can on their day.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Bournemouth

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal  vs. Bournemouth

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, November 27 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/5 – Draw 19/5 – Bournemouth 6/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Bournemouth to the Emirates Stadium for an important Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners come into the game after a 2-2 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night – their last two Premier League games have also ended in draws.

Arsene Wenger has called upon his side to start turning those draws into wins and they can’t afford a slip up here if they have any serious aspirations of challenging for the title.

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Recent performances have been below par for Arsenal, who’ve looked flat, albeit they’ve faced tough opposition in PSG, Manchester United and Tottenham, while still managing to remain undefeated since the opening day.

Bournemouth arrive in London in high spirits after their impressive 1-0 win away at Stoke last weekend ended a run of three games without a win in the league.

Eddie Howe is continuing to work his magic, steering his side to tenth in the table with 15 points at this early stage of the season – an excellent start.

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The Cherries have struggled for points on the road, so they’ll be hoping the first away win of the season at Stoke will give them confidence.

The only two previous league meetings between these two sides came last season with Arsenal winning 2-0 on both occasions.

Team News

Arsenal will be without the injured Santi Cazorla (heel) and Hector Bellerin (ankle), while Lucas Perez won’t be fit to make the squad despite returning to training this week following an ankle problem. Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are long-term absentees.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc (back) is a doubt, as is Andrew Surman (hamstring). Loanee Jack Wilshere is ineligible to play against his parent club, but Adam Smith (ban) and Jordan Ibe (illness) should return to the squad.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/D/W/D/D

Bournemouth’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Dominance – Arsenal have a 100% winning record against Bournemouth in all competitions (P3, W3).

Key Player: Olivier Giroud – It would be a huge surprise if the Frenchman doesn’t feature at some point on Sunday afternoon. His goalscoring form has been incredible since his return from injury, with five goals in five games in all competitions.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth – The Gunners haven’t performed well recently, and they can’t allow the dip in form to go on any longer, although they’ve still managed to churn out results – it could be a similar story here. Bournemouth will provide tough opposition and Eddie Howe will set out his side to try and win the game, but home advantage could be the key.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – West Brom vs. Burnley

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, November 21 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – Burnley 7/2 

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Burnley to The Hawthorns for the Premier League’s Monday night clash as both sides return to action following the international break.

The Baggies most recent outing saw them pick up a 2-1 away win at last year’s champions, Leicester City – all the more impressive considering the Foxes hadn’t suffered a home league defeat for 20 games.

That win would have given West Brom a huge confidence boost following a run of five games without a win going into it.

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Tony Pulis will hope his side have now turned a corner and can make a real challenge to finish in the top half of the table this season – a win here would be the first time they’ve recorded consecutive victories this season.

Confidence will be equally high in the Burnley camp after a dramatic last minute winner from Ashley Barnes secured a 3-2 win at home to Crystal Palace last time out.

The Clarets are undefeated in their last three games (W2, D1) and a win here would lift them into ninth place, sending out a real statement to anyone who thought they’d be this year’s whipping boys.

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Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can improve on their poor away record however, as results have been hard to come by away from Turf Moor (D1, L3).

The last time these two sides played each other, it ended in a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor back in February 2015. The previous meeting at The Hawthorns saw West Brom run out comfortable 4-0 winners in September 2014.

Team News

West Brom could still be without both Saido Berahino (fitness) and Nacer Chadli (knee surgery), while striker Salomon Rondon should return to action following a hamstring injury.

Burnley defender Stephen Ward is a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the home win against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/D/L/L/W

Burnley’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Burnley haven’t won at The Hawthorns since 1969. They’ve played there on ten occasions since then in all competitions, drawing twice and losing the other eight.

Key Player: Matt Phillips – He scored the winner for the Baggies at Leicester and really impressed. He’ll be looking to build on that with another fine performance here.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Burnley – West Brom and Burnley will be confident from their previous results and a draw would probably be a reasonable outcome for both sides. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, November 6 – 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – West Brom 9/2

Match Preview

Leicester welcome West Brom to the King Power Stadium for the final Premier League game of the weekend on a busy Sunday afternoon of fixtures.

The Foxes will be on a high after a goalless draw away at FC Copenhagen in midweek saw them edge closer to securing a place in the last-16 knockout stages of the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri’s side also picked up a valuable point in the league away at Tottenham last weekend, however, inconsistency has scuppered the defence of their title.

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The reigning champions are currently in mid-table but are still unbeaten at home (W3, D2), so they’ll be confident of a positive result, which would see them go three consecutive games without defeat for the first time this season.

West Brom can’t seem to buy a win at the moment, recording just one victory in their last nine league games (D4, L4), so they need results to improve to avoid being drawn into a relegation scrap.

Tony Pulis won’t be concerned just yet though, as he has the know-how and will point to the tough run of recent fixtures as a reason for why they’ve struggled for wins, having faced Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City in their last three.

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The Baggies don’t travel particularly well, with just two wins in their last 19 Premier League away games (D9, L8), so they will desperately want to change that record.

The previous meeting between these two sides was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Leicester back in March.

Team News

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is out after breaking his hand in midweek, so Robert Zieler will start in between the sticks. Islam Slimani should return following a muscle injury.

West Brom will be without standout man Nacer Chadli after he underwent knee surgery. James McClean will miss the game through suspension after picking up five yellow cards, while Saido Berahino (fitness) and Jonas Olsson (hamstring) are out. Claudio Yacob returns to the squad following suspension.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: L/D/L/W/D

West Brom’s last five: D/D/D/L/L

Key Stat: Goals  There has been a combined total of 14 goals in the last three games involving these two sides.

Key Player: Ahmed Musa – The Nigerian has come to the fore recently, netting two goals in his last two games – he could be a great player for the Foxes both this season and in years to come.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-1 West Brom – Leicester have been strong at home this season despite their inconsistency, while West Brom’s form has dipped. It should be a tightly contested affair, but the Foxes will fancy their chances of edging it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Watford FC

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, November 6 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 9/2 – Watford 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield for one of five Premier League fixtures on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to maintain impressive starts to the season respectively.

The Reds are in fine form having suffered just one defeat in all competitions this season, which came way back in August in the second league game at Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp has firmly imprinted his philosophy on this Liverpool side now, with a high energy, intense, pressing style of play.

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With six wins out of their last seven league games, Liverpool will be confident of building on a great start to the campaign this weekend.

Watford arrive in Merseyside boasting a successful run of form themselves having lost just one of their last seven (W4, D2).

The Hornets edged past a resilient Hull side at Vicarage Road last weekend with a 1-0 win, keeping their third consecutive clean sheet in the process.

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Walter Mazzarri is doing a fine job and most Watford fans would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d said they would be seventh in the league with 15 points after ten games.

The previous meeting between these two sides saw Liverpool win 2-0 at Anfield in the penultimate game of last season.

Team News

Liverpool welcome James Milner back to the squad after he missed last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace with illness. There were also doubts over Emre Can and Giorgio Wijnaldum who felt unwell this week but should be fit for action. Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Watford could be without defender Sebastian Prodl who suffered a muscle injury last weekend, while Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (muscle) are out. Stefano Okaka will have a late fitness test as he’s been struggling with a hamstring injury.

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Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

Watford’s last five: L/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Watford have only ever won once at Anfield in 12 attempts in all competitions (D1, L0). That sole victory was a 1-0 Premier League success back in August 1999.

Key Player: Adam Lallana – The midfielder is establishing himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp and has performed consistently. He may not boast an array of goals and assists but his efficiency in the engine room shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Watford – This could be a tight game and although the Reds don’t keep many clean sheets, home advantage combined with confidence of their recent form should be enough to see Liverpool edge it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Arsenal

Venue: Stadium of Light – Saturday, October 29 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Sunderland 13/2 – Draw 19/5 – Arsenal 2/5

Match Preview

Sunderland take on Arsenal at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime in a game that sees two sides with very different aspirations this season go head-to-head.

The Black Cats’ objective has already become merely about survival and ensuring they maintain their Premier League status.

David Moyes is still without a win as Sunderland manager and just two points from the opening nine games sees his side rooted to the foot of the table in the early stages.

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Sunderland have suffered by repeatedly conceding late goals, and last weekend’s trip to West Ham was no different as an injury time goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat and their fifth loss in six games.

Arsenal arrive in the North-East after eight games without defeat in the league (W6, D2), and will be looking to sustain a serious title challenge this season.

Arsene Wenger’s side drew 0-0 at home to Middlesbrough last weekend in a game that denied the Gunners a seventh consecutive win.

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A win takes Arsenal top of the league, even if only for a few hours. Either way, anything other than victory would be seen as a disappointment and missed opportunity to put pressure on their rivals.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Sunderland in April 2016.

Team News

Sunderland’s Vito Mannone (elbow), Lee Cattermole (back), Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Fabio Borini (groin) are all out injured. Jason Denayer (groin), Jan Kirchoff (hamstring) and Adnan Januzaj (ankle) are also doubts for the game.

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Arsenal will be without long-term absentees Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Chuba Akpom (back), while Lucas Perez (ankle) is also a major doubt after picking up an injury in midweek. Santi Cazorla could return to the squad following an Achilles problem. Aaron Ramsey is also back in full training and could feature. Granit Xhaka serves the final game of his three match suspension.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: L/L/D/L/L

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t beaten Arsenal in the league since November 2009 (D5, L8).

Key Player: Theo Walcott – The Englishman has been imperative for Arsenal this season, scoring five league goals so far. It now remains to be seen whether he can maintain his impressive form. He’ll be hoping a trip to struggling Sunderland will provide a perfect opportunity.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal – The Gunners enjoyed a midweek League Cup win over Reading which extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games. Meanwhile, Sunderland were dumped out by Southampton, so if the form book is anything to go by, this should be a regulation away win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution and Montreal Impact lock horns in an Eastern Conference clash at Gillette Stadium on the final weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season.

The Revs have the faintest hope of securing a top six finish and thus reaching the playoffs, needing both a heavy win here and relying on Philadelphia Union suffering a huge loss at home to the New York Red Bulls in order for a huge swing in goal difference.

Jay Heaps’ side would go level on points with Philadelphia should they win and the Union lose, but making up a 12 goal difference is most unlikely.

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It means this fixture will essentially come down to seeing out the season with pride even though they’re set to agonisingly miss out.

Montreal Impact have already secured a playoff berth thanks to their 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend, although a win could lift them to fourth should DC fail to win against Orlando, giving them a higher seeding.

Form going into the playoffs can be vital, so Mauro Biello will be urging his side to maintain focus and build confidence heading into the postseason.

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The Impact are unbeaten in their last three games (W2, D1) and will want to keep that run going by recording consecutive victories on the road for the first time this season.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England run out as 3-1 winners in Montreal just a month ago, while the last clash at Gillette Stadium in October 2015 resulted in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Impact.

Team News

New England will be without Brad Knighton (suspension) and Xavier Kouassi (knee), while Je-Vaughn Watson (groin) is a doubt.

Montreal’s Andres Romero remains out with a knee injury. The Impact could make a few changes with a view to avoiding injuries going into the playoffs.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Montreal Impact’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have lost just one of their last six MLS meetings with New England Revolution (W3, D2).

Key Player: Ignacio Piatti – An obvious choice, but it’s impossible to look past the Argentinian, given his incredible form this season. He’s the third top goalscorer in MLS with 17 and has also contributed six assists – an impressive return.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – The Revs essentially have little to play for, but will want to sign off for the season in style, while Montreal will want to keep morale high in the camp. A score draw seems the most probable outcome here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, October 22 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 9/1

Match Preview

Liverpool take on West Brom at Anfield in Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture with both sides looking to build on a good start to the season.

The Reds struggled to break down a rigid Manchester United defence in a goalless draw on Monday night and will come up against opposition that will most likely deploy similar tactics to United’s this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in free scoring form so far this season with 18 goals in the league – only Man City and Arsenal have managed more (19) – so they’ll be hoping to bounce back with a win.

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The draw with United ended a run of four consecutive league wins for Liverpool, however they’re now unbeaten in six and haven’t yet lost a home game (W2, D1).

West Brom arrive in Merseyside after nearly snatching all three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham last weekend, as only a last-gasp Dele Alli equaliser cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s strike against his former club.

The performance will have pleased Tony Pulis as his side showed they could cut it against the league’s top sides, showing a good fighting spirit and defensive solidarity.

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With that in mind, the Baggies may fancy their chances of earning themselves at least a point at Anfield as they’re proving difficult to beat and will try to hurt Liverpool at set pieces.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of last season. The last three clashes have ended in a draw.

Team News

Liverpool are hoping James Milner recovers from a knock, while Giorgio Wijnaldum is a doubt. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the game through injury.

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West Brom’s only major concern is that Jonny Evans will miss the game through suspension after already picking up five yellow cards this season.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: West Brom have won on two of their last five league visits to Anfield (D1, L2).

Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Belgian has been in scintillating form for his new club and will be looking to make an impact in this game. He’s the go to guy at the moment and if West Brom are to get something, he’s bound to play a part.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – The Reds should have enough to edge past a resilient West Brom side. The Baggies are unlikely to be rolled over easily but Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality at his disposal which could be the difference.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, May 15 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Arsenal 1/7 – Draw 7/1 – Aston Villa 16/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome already relegated Aston Villa to Emirates Stadium for the final game of one of the most unpredictable Premier League season’s in history.

While unpredictable on the whole, there is something very predictable about how the Gunners’ season has panned out, as securing a top-four finish has once again become the priority in the last few weeks – an objective they have now achieved.

A battling 2-2 draw away at Manchester City last Sunday means Arsene Wenger’s side now only need one more point to secure third.

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However, Arsenal will be desperate to potentially leapfrog their bitter rivals Tottenham on the last day and finish second, although that relies on their neighbours losing away at relegated Newcastle and the Gunners winning.

If Spurs draw, Arsenal would need a most unlikely 13-goal margin of victory over Villa in order to finish second, so the main aim will just be to win the game and put on a show for the fans in what has ultimately been a season of underachievement and disappointment for Wenger’s men.

Aston Villa probably wanted this season to end about six months ago – it has been nothing short of completely disastrous – and you can’t help but feel for the fans.

Last weekend’s goalless draw at home to Newcastle did end a run of 11 straight defeats and avoid a club record of most consecutive losses (12).

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This will be the last time we see Villa participating in a Premier League game after 28 years in the top flight, as they look to prepare for life in the increasingly difficult Championship, and look to bounce straight back up.

The reverse fixture saw Arsenal win 2-0 at Villa Park back in December, while the last clash at the Emirates was a resounding 5-0 victory for the Gunners in February 2015.

Team News

Arsene Wenger may hand playing time to midfielders Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini who are retiring after this match – whether any of them start remains to be seen. Santi Cazorla could play for the first time since November following his recovery from a knee injury. Mesut Ozil has returned to training and could feauture after missing the Man City game with a hip injury, while Danny Welbeck is out for nine months after knee surgery. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson (both knee) remain long-term absentees, while Per Mertesacker is a doubt with a hamstring injury.

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Aston Villa’s Aly Cissokho is available again following a ban, while Rudy Gestede could return from a groin injury. Alan Hutton (calf), Ciaran Clark (ankle), Kieran Richardson (calf), Jordan Veretout (pelvis), Gabriel Agbonlahor (fitness) and Libor Kozak (fitness) are all doubtful. Jordan Amavi is out with a knee injury and Jores Okore will not feature because of an internal issue at the club.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/D/W/D

Aston Villa’s last five: L/L/L/L/D

Key Stat: Aston Villa have failed to win any of their 17 away games in the Premier League this season since a 1-0 opening day victory at Bournemouth (D3, L14).

Key Player: Jack Wilshere – Arsenal will have been delighted to see Wilshere pull through 70 minutes of an intense game away at Man City unscathed. Keeping him fit could be crucial next season and hopefully we will see a glimpse of his undoubted natural ability on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa – The Gunners should seal a comfortable victory on the final day against an Aston Villa side who will be turning their attentions to the prospect of Championship football next season.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto

Stadium: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, April 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto 11/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Toronto at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in an intriguing MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs will be relieved to have got their first win on the board in their last outing, as they edged past the New York Red Bulls with a 1-0 home victory.

Jay Heaps will be reasonably satisfied with his side in the opening five games, having lost just once, but will know they need to turn draws into wins if they have ambitions of challenging for the Eastern Conference or Supporters’ Shield title.

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New England have only lost two of their last 29 home games in MLS (W18, D9), so they’ll be hoping to continue their good record at the Gillette Stadium.

Toronto’s last two games has seen them suffer consecutive 1-0 defeats to Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids, as their strong start to the season has deteriorated slightly.

It was always going to be tough in the opening stages for Greg Vanney’s side, with their first eight games being away from home due to renovations at their BMO Field stadium.

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The Reds know that staying in touch with the top places in the Eastern Conference is vital over the next four weeks, as a run of four straight home games awaits at the end of this long stretch of road games.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England beat Toronto 3-1 away from home in September 2015, while the last clash at the Gillette Stadium also saw the Revs win by the same scoreline in August 2015.

Team News

New England Revolution only have one injury concern, as defender Darrius Barnes may miss out with an ankle sprain. Other than that, Jay Heaps has a full compliment of players to call upon.

Toronto will be without midfielder Benoit Cheyrou who is suspended following his red card away at Colorado last time out. Defender Clement Simonin is out with a knee injury, while Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt with a leg problem.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: D/D/L/D/W

Toronto’s form: W/D/L/L

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten against Toronto in their last seven MLS meetings (W5, D2).

Key Player: Diego Fagundez – The Uruguayan has been the brighest spark for the Revs so far this season, with two goals and two assists from five appearances. He could be the difference on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto – Neither side has been entirely convincing in the early stages of this MLS season. But New England will fancy themselves to edge this one on home soil. Toronto will provide a stiff test, but this run of away games may be starting to take its toll.