FA Cup Quarter-Final Predictions: Big guns to deliver, another tough Chelsea return for Jose’s United

The FA Cup quarter-finals take place over the weekend with six Premier League clubs battling for a spot in the semis. Middlesbrough host Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime, while Arsenal face a non-league side once again in Lincoln City later on in the day. The remaining two games are spread over the following two days as Tottenham host League One side Millwall on Sunday and it’s another Chelsea return for Jose Mourinho with Manchester United heading to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Read on for all four of our FA Cup quarter-final predictions…

Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester City

Middlesbrough had to wait to find out who their opponents were in the quarter-final due to City’s replay against Huddersfield. It’s fair to say Pep Guardiola’s side made light work of reaching the quarters at the second attempt with their 5-1 win. Boro will have to work extremely hard to progress here considering they have won just three games in 2017 but City will be aware all of those wins have come in the FA Cup. However, the depth of Guardiola’s squad should see them through comfortably this weekend.

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Arsenal 4-1 Lincoln City

Arsenal face their second non-league side in a row in the competition with the visit of Lincoln after the away side stunned Premier League outfit Burnley with an astonishing late winner in the previous round. Arsene Wenger simply cannot lose this game, the pressure has continually mounted on him this season and if he is to depart at the end of the campaign he will wish to do so with silverware. This is Arsenal’s last chance of a trophy this season and they should progress into the semi-final without too much difficulty.

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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Millwall

Spurs face off against League One side Millwall on Sunday afternoon in a game that is expected to be hotly contested both on the field and in the stands. Harry Kane comes up against another of his former clubs at which he spent time on loan and with the incredible form the Spurs striker is in it is difficult not to see him finding the back of the net once again. Dare we say there could be another Kane hat-trick at White Hart Lane?

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Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United (A.E.T)

This is clearly the standout fixture of the quarter-finals. Jose Mourinho endured an incredibly tough return to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season in that 4-0 loss and he will make sure his side are not humiliated again. This looks a tie likely to reach extra-time, since there are no longer replays in this round of the competition. The game is going to be a battle, United are without their talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Antonio Conte will be expecting his side to do what they’ve been doing all season and get the job done. Chelsea to edge it.

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Could these three players be leaving Arsenal as well as Alexis Sanchez?

It’s no secret that there is some trouble behind the scenes at Arsenal. Once again their fans are having to deal with mid-season struggles as well as some discontent in the squad. This summer could mark the biggest changes at the club in recent history, with the possibility of Arsene Wenger leaving and a number of players who could be departing the club.

There has been plenty of uncertainty over the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean has looked a lifeless figure at times, not helped in part to his attitude according to fans and pundits alike. If the goal-machine does decide to ply his trade elsewhere it could spark an exodus from a number of other members of the Arsenal side. But a possible departure of Sanchez may not be the only reason these three players decide to knock their time in North London on the head…

Mesut Ozil

The German playmaker is one of the most talented players in the Premier League, whether or not he puts in enough effort and does it on a consistent basis is another question. He has appeared very happy since joining the club and has a good relationship with Wenger. If both Sanchez and Wenger were to leave Ozil’s mind may be swayed. He is 28 now and Arsenal’s chances of winning the league have all but passed for another season and they’re heading out of the Champions League barring an astonishing turn-around. Ozil is a winner and another season without the top prizes could prove to be too much for him.

If another high profile European club came in for his services Ozil could be convinced to leave the club. He will want to continue to compete at the top and there are no guarantees that Arsenal are going to finish in the top four in what looks like the tightest race for the European places to date.

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Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to a long-term injury. The Gunners have definitely missed his influence on games and other players have suffered from his work-rate being absent from the side. The Spaniard’s contract is up this summer and a new one has yet to be confirmed.

While we’re not suggesting Cazorla is definitely going to depart, he may decide to call it time at the end of his 5th year at the club in favour of a change up and a better chance of silverware. At 32 he has a lot to offer still and many clubs would be interested in his abilities.

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Jack Wilshere 

When talking about Wilshere it’s already looking like a case of ‘what could have been’ – the Englishman has had absolutely no luck with injuries, but it’s worth mentioning his time at Bournemouth has seen him play on a more regular basis. The loan move to the South Coast was a bit of a strange transfer at the start of the season and although Wilshere hasn’t necessarily had the number of assists expected from him, he has looked happier playing week in, week out.

Whether Wilshere and Arsenal decide to part ways at the end of the season remains to be seen, but if he has any feeling that a return to club entails time spent on the touchline he may just fancy the chance at another Premier League club.

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Could Arsenal afford to lose all three of these midfielders as well as Sanchez? Is it time to revamp the squad in a bid to win the Premier League again?

Premier League Predictions: Man Utd to extend their unbeaten run, six pointer at Anfield

The Premier League action is stretched over three days this weekend with some huge games in the race for the top four and the battle to avoid relegation. Manchester United kick things off at home against Bournemouth, while the standout fixture comes on Saturday evening as Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield.

League leaders Chelsea don’t play until Monday evening as they visit London rivals West Ham. Bottom of the table Sunderland have the unenviable task of hosting Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, read on for all our Gameweek 27 predictions…

Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return to Premier League action after victory in the League Cup final last weekend. They’ll be looking to make it 17 league games unbeaten against a Bournemouth side who have conceded at least two goals in their last seven domestic outings. Eddie Howe’s side have lost six of their last seven on the road and they’re now only four points above the relegation zone. United are closing in on the top four and should pick up another three points here.

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Swansea City 2-1 Burnley 

This is an absolute must-win for Swansea. They lost 3-1 at Chelsea last week in a game they weren’t expected to win, but now they must ensure they deliver three more points at home to keep their survival bid in good shape. Burnley have proven to be a solid outfit this season but the contrast between their home form and away form is a major cause for concern for Sean Dyche. They have still not won on the road all season, and that doesn’t look like changing here.

Leicester City 2-1 Hull City

The Premier League champions produced a stunning performance to beat Liverpool last time out which left fans wondering where that quality has been all season. The sacking of Claudio Ranieri infuriated football fans in general but if they make it two wins on the spin here it could prove to be a turning point in their season. Hull have to start picking up points if they’ve got any chance of avoiding the drop. Marco Silva’s side are 19th and the stats look ominous for the weekend, they’ve failed to win in ten of their last 11 away games.

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West Brom 1-1 Crystal Palace

This is a huge game for Palace in their bid to avoid relegation. The Baggies have won seven of their last eight home matches in the Premier League and Tony Pulis will be out for his men to get three points against his former employers here. However, they have very little to play for. They are safe in the top half and will struggle to move much higher than their current position of eighth. Palace are only in the bottom three on goal difference heading into the weekend and must try and avoid defeat here.

Watford 0-2 Southampton

The Hornets are going steady in mid-table, picking up eight points from the last 15 on offer. Walter Mazzarri will be hoping he can be the man to end Watford’s winless run against Southampton in the Premier League. Since their return to the top flight the sides have met three times, drawing twice with one Saints win. Claude Puel side will still be licking their wounds after losing the EFL Cup final last weekend after being on the receiving end of a poor decision by the officials. They will hope to bounce back here against a side they’ve not lost to in the last six meetings.

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Stoke City 1-0 Middlesbrough

Stoke were simply awful at Spurs last weekend as they lost 4-0 to Tottenham once again. Mark Hughes will be demanding a much better showing at home here against a Middlesbrough side that’s still having major problems in front of goal. The Potters are unbeaten in seven at home in the league, while Boro have not won away since August, failing to score in their last three trips to league opposition.

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

Quite simply the biggest game of the weekend. Neither of these sides can afford to drop points in the battle to finish in the top four. Liverpool need to respond to their poor performance against Leicester while Arsenal will be itching to get going again following their postponed game due to last weekend’s cup final. Just one point separates the pair and a win for either would be huge. Anfield has proven to be a tough place to visit, with Liverpool losing just one in their last 20 in the league there. A draw looks likely.

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Tottenham 2-1 Everton 

Tottenham can set a club record by winning what would be a ninth-straight game at White Hart Lane here, but that will be no easy feat against an Everton side who have looked strong in 2017 so far. In fact, the Toffees have been the league’s best side in 2017 heading into the weekend and have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven. Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are enjoying excellent seasons and should both be able to add to their tallies in what should be an entertaining game. Spurs need the points more, and should just edge it.

Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City

The Black Cats look destined for the drop this season, but they’ve got out of trouble time and time again and given the unpredictability of the Premier League, anything can happen between now and the end of the season. A win here would be a huge boost for David Moyes but they welcome a Manchester City side who bagged five in midweek. Sunderland have conceded nine goals in their last three games against City at the Stadium of Light in all competitions, expect goals.

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West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea have had one hand on the Premier League trophy for a number of weeks as they continue to prove their resilience week-by-week. The depth of Antonio Conte’s squad is proving it’s quality, with Cesc Fabregas stepping up to deliver in last week’s win over Swansea and they should be able to take three points in Monday’s London derby. The Hammers have only lost one of their last six but are facing a much stronger Blues team than the one they knocked out of the EFL Cup earlier in the season. Chelsea to take three points.

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Premier League Top Six Predictions: Wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and the Manchester clubs

There are some huge games in the race for the title and top four this weekend as leaders Chelsea travel to Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool at Anfield, Manchester City visit Bournemouth, Arsenal host Hull and Manchester United welcome Watford.

Burnley vs Chelsea: 

Sean Dyche’s side will be relishing the chance to give another top side the run-around at Turf Moor on Sunday. Burnley have won their last five home matches and have the third-best home record in the division. This is going to be a really tough game for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, but they are one side the Premier League you’d back to take a win here. Expect a tight affair.

Prediction – Burnley 0-1 Chelsea

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Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur:

Liverpool have not lost to Tottenham in the last nine meetings between the sides in all competitions and they have lost just once in their last 19 home games in the Premier League. Spurs travel to Anfield in great form, they have to win this game to keep their title hopes alive. But both sides have squads riddled with injury. Score draw.

Prediction – Liverpool 2-2 Spurs

Bournemouth vs Manchester City:

Eddie Howe has the tough task of welcoming Manchester City to the Vitality Stadium. City have just hit some form and look to have their season back on track. Bournemouth are without a win in their last five Premier League outings, a run that looks unlikely to come to an end here, with relegation still a concern for the Cherries.

Prediction – Bournemouth 1-3 City

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Arsenal vs Hull City: 

Arsene Wenger’s side have to win this game, it’s a simple as that. They face Hull who are now only one point away from being out of the relegation zone after a strong run of form under Marco Silva. Arsenal need to bounce back from their defeat to Chelsea last weekend and a big win here would calm some of the nerves around the ground.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Hull

Manchester United vs Watford:

Jose Mourinho’s United side are now unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games and it would be surprising to see that run ending this weekend at home to Watford. United’s main problem has been taking their chances, if they hit the ground running here it could be a big win. Watford are no pushovers, they’re sitting comfortably in mid-table and will look to frustrate here.

Prediction – United 3-1 Watford

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Arsenal 

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, February 4 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 10/11 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 29/10

Match Preview 

It’s a huge game in the Premier League title race as Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the standout fixture of the weekend.

If Antonio Conte’s side win this one they will be 12 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the league, which given Chelsea’s form, would almost certainly put The Gunners out of contention for the title.

Chelsea come into this one having drawn 1-1 away at Liverpool in midweek. It was a solid point but they’ll be ruing a missed opportunity to have extended their lead at the top of the table as results went their way on the most part. Diego Costa’s penalty was saved in the latter stages of the game, he’ll be looking to make up for that in this one.

There will be an added hunger for Chelsea to win this game as they were hammered in the reserve fixture, 3-0 early on in the season, many have dubbed that the game that won Chelsea the league, as it inspired Conte’s changes and sparked their tremendous winning run.

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Arsenal have to win this game. They lost in midweek at home to Watford a game which has dealt them a significant blow and they need a response.

Arsene Wenger’s side found themselves two goals behind in the first 15 minutes of that game, if their defensive struggles are repeated in this one they will be in for a long afternoon.

The Arsenal squad are going to need to step up here, they cannot afford to allow Chelsea to gain any momentum. What worked so well for them in the reserve fixture was a highly intense start, but they’re all too aware this is a different Chelsea side altogether.

Just five points separate second and fifth place in the table, if results go against Arsenal this weekend they could find themselves outside the top four.

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Team News  

There are no real injury concerns for Chelsea heading into this tie. David Luiz and Eden Hazard are expected to start the game despite picking up slight knocks in midweek.

Arsenal are expecting to be without Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Aaron Ramsey through injury, while Grant Xhaka is suspended and Mohammed Elneny remains on international duty.

Key Points 

Chelsea’s form: W/L/W/W/D

Arsenal’s form: W/D/W/W/L

Key Stat: Chelsea have won their last eight home games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Belgian had a quiet game against Liverpool but if plays to his usual high standard he will cause the Arsenal defence problems.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal – Chelsea to come through a difficult week of fixtures unbeaten and land a heavy blow to Arsenal’s season. This has the makings of a tight affair and it is a game that has a history of boiling over as emotions run high.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal  vs. Burnley

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, January 22 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 1/5 – Draw 11/2 – Burnley 12/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game which The Gunners will be expecting to win.

Arsene Wenger’s side are currently in fourth place, eight points off top spot. Wenger needs to get his side on a run of form to ensure they don’t drift too far out of the title race and maintain a game from the Manchester clubs chasing the top four.

This should be a relatively straightforward tie for Arsenal, but they will know they cannot afford to underestimate Burnley. If they can get an early goal and create a good atmosphere around the ground, they should get the job done.

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Burnley have been in good form of late. Sean Dyche’s side have picked up nine points from the last five games and are sitting 10th.

The Clarets come into this one having progressed in the FA Cup after their replay win against Sunderland. Their last Premier League outing was an impressive 1-0 win against Southampton.

Burnley have struggled on the road this season though. They have lost eight of their last nine on their travels and the games don’t come much tougher than this. If they can put on a defensive display like they did against Manchester United, they stand a good chance of a positive result.

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Team News

Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without up to seven players for this one as Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott and Per Mertesacker are all expected to remain out, while Olivier Giroud is a doubt. Mohammed Elneny is away on international duty with Eygpt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burnley have just the three injury concerns as Dean Marney, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield are all doubts.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Burnley’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last five games against Burnley in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal need to get this man tied down to a long-term contract as soon as possible. The Chilean has netted 14 times this campaign and is the Premier League’s joint top scorer. He will be expected to cause Burnley trouble here.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley – Arsenal to pick up a comfortable three points and continue their winning run against Burnley. The Gunners have struggled to keep clean sheets this campaign and Burnley are capable of causing problems, but this one will be a step too far for Dyche’s men.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Arsenal

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Sunday, December 18  – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Man City 11/10 – Draw 13/5 – Arsenal 23/10

Match Preview

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon in what is a huge Premier League clash between both sides as they look to go into Christmas in high spirits.

City have been far from the side they looked when they won ten-straight games to start the season. They did beat Watford on Wednesday night but had lost back-to-back league games prior to that.

Pep Guardiola is facing the toughest test of his managerial career and will be looking to get past a fellow title rival in Arsenal to alleviate some pressure in the club’s final game before Christmas.

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City will once again be without Sergio Aguero though, and that could cause them problems. They will need Kelechi Iheanacho to lead the line against a Gunners defence that looked sloppy in Tuesday’s defeat at Everton.

Arsenal arrive at the Etihad knowing a win would move them back to within six points of league leaders Chelsea but also know that a defeat would see them fall behind City into fourth place.

This is a huge game for Arsene Wenger. He watched his side throw away three points at Goodison Park in the week and will need his players to remain focused on the tough task at hand if they are to keep their good recent record against City intact.

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Arsenal are unbeaten in six games against Manchester City, with their last defeat coming three years ago, but Wenger has only managed to beat Guardiola in two of their previous eight clashes.

Team News

Manchester City remain without suspended duo Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho here, while Vincent Kompany has been joined by Ilkay Gundogan on the sidelines. Fabian Delph is not yet fit enough to be involved but John Stones should return after being rested during the midweek win over Watford.

Arsenal still have a long injury list to deal with. Chuba Akpom, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi are all still sidelined, as is Danny Welbeck although the striker has returned to training. Aaron Ramsey is still a doubt.

Key Points

Man City’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: There have been 24 goals in the last six games between these two sides – an average of four per game.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Arsenal striker has been in excellent form this season, scoring 12 league goals. He has now contributed to 27 goals in his last 27 Premier League games and will hope to be the difference-maker on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Man City 2-2 Arsenal – Goals are expected on Sunday as both sides have shown frailties at the back in recent weeks. City know they must avoid defeat here to keep their title hopes intact but Arsenal will be looking to avoid back-to-back league defeats for the first time in two seasons, so a score draw looks likely in what should be an entertaining game.

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.

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: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, November 19 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Arsenal 9/5

Match Preview

Manchester United host Arsenal as the Premier League springs back into life in emphatic style following the latest international break.

Both sides will be looking to climb the table when they meet on Saturday, with Arsenal two points off the top in fourth and United six points further back in sixth place.

It’s a huge game on the pitch, but the battle in the dugout between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will be sure to draw attention throughout. The long-time enemies will face off in this fixture for the first time since Mourinho moved to Manchester here and it’s expected to be as tense as ever.

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Wenger has still never beaten Mourinho in a Premier League game, but the visitors will be confident given United’s stuttering form so far this season.

The Red Devils won 3-1 at Swansea two weeks ago, ending a four-game winless run in the Premier League, but they still have a lot to work on if they are to finish the season in the top four, let alone challenge for the title.

Injuries and suspensions have left Mourinho short of options ahead of such a crucial game but he will have to trust some of his fringe players to step up and deliver, as they did in Swansea before the international break.

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For Arsenal, this is a huge game. They haven’t won a league game at Old Trafford in ten seasons but come into Saturday’s game with a very strong chance of getting three all three points.

Wenger has some injuries of his own to worry about but they are unbeaten since the opening day and have won each of their last four away games in the top flight.

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Their 1-1 draw against North London rivals Tottenham two weeks ago raised some concerns but they know they have the quality to beat anyone on their day, and this should be a thrilling clash as a result.

United beat Arsenal 3-2 back in February in the most recent meeting between the two. A lot has changed since though, most notably in the dugout, and so this is sure to be a fascinating contest.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who misses out through suspension. Wayne Rooney is unlikely to deputise after off-field controversies have surrounded him this week, so Marcus Rashford is set to start up top. Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling are all sidelined through injury, while Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are doubts.

Arsenal have been dealt a blow as Hector Bellerin will be out for the next four weeks, while fellow defender Per Mertesacker remains out. Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Lucas Perez and Chuba Akpom are also out, while Alexis Sanchez is a doubt after picking up a knock on international duty. Mesut Ozil will be fresh after being given two weeks off to rest by German head coach Joachim Low.

Key Points

Man United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Key Stat: Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game against Arsenal in 11 previous contests, winning five and drawing six of those.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker will be one of the freshest on the field after being given time to rest during the international break. Regardless of that, he is one of the league’s most talented players and will look to break down a weakened Arsenal backline here. He scored at Old Trafford in February and will be hoping to put in a commanding performance on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal – There is very little to separate these two sides ahead of such a big game. Mourinho has the edge over Wenger but there isn’t much to split the two teams on the field, with injuries likely to affect both as equally as the other. An excellent game is expected but ultimately, this one looks likely to end in a draw, which won’t do either side too many favours.