Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal: FA Cup Preview and Prediction

Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round

Venue: Amex Stadium – Sunday January 25 – 16:00

Match odds: Brighton & Hove Albion 13/2 – Draw 7/2 – Arsenal 4/9

FA Cup holders Arsenal face a short trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round as they look to continue the defence of their title.

These two sides met at the same stage of this competition in the 2012/13 season and produced an entertaining affair in which Arsenal triumphed as 3-2 winners on the day, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and a late Theo Walcott strike after Ashley Barnes and Leonardo Ulloa had pegged the visitors back twice.

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Brighton were flying high in the Championship last time around, but they aren’t faring so well this season as they sit in 19th position despite three wins from their last four.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s home record in all competitions: Played 15 – Won 4 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

Arsenal meanwhile, will be full of confidence after their defensive masterclass at Manchester City which resulted in a famous 2-0 victory and it extended their run of consecutive clean sheets to three games in all competitions.

The Gunners arrive on the South Coast as heavy favourites to progress to round five, but the magic of the FA Cup means that nothing is ever certain and the Seagulls won’t allow them to take it easy.

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Arsenal’s away record in all competitions: Played 16 – Won 7 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

Wenger must ensure he fields a strong side to stay in the competition that many will argue represents his best opportunity of winning a trophy again in 2015.

Brighton and Arsenal have faced one another 14 times before, with the Gunners coming out on top ten times, and Brighton just twice, although it’s worth noting that both of Brighton’s wins came at home, so that’s the one positive they can take into this tie.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/W

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: W/L/W/W/W

Key stat: Brighton have never beaten Arsenal in an FA Cup tie in four attempts.

Key player: Santi Cazorla – The midfield playmaker has been instrumental in the last few weeks and if he features at the Amex Stadium then he could be the difference.

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Brighton vs. Arsenal Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Arsenal

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Arsenal

Manchester City entertain Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday as they look to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Manuel Pellegrini will be frustrated from last weekend’s dropped points away at Everton when they seemingly had the game wrapped up.

City will be without the influential Yaya Toure who’s away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, as is new signing Wilfred Bony.

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Arsene Wenger needs a strong performance from his side, who need to keep pace with those chasing the Champions League places.

Manchester City’s home record: Played 10 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 1 

City haven’t been as consistent as we know they can be on home turf this season, and they need to take the approach that Mourinho’s Chelsea have with winning all their home Premier League games this campaign, as that is the difference between the two sides.

Arsenal will be looking for inspiration from goal machine Alexis Sanchez, who punished some weak defending on City’s behalf in the return fixture.

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Arsenal’s away record: Played 10 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3

The Gunners have struggled on the road this season and this weekend’s game will be no easier for them, and they must avoid defeat at all costs as they are only one point outside the top four.

City will know what they have to do in terms of either taking the initiative to go top of the Premier League or keep pace with Chelsea, who play on Saturday away at Swansea, so the pressure is on.

We can expect a really intriguing tie with both sides conceding and scoring freely.

Manchester City’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Key stat: Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games (9 wins, 3 draws).

Key player: Alexis Sanchez – Where would Arsenal be without him? His goals and assists have played a large part this season and he will be crucial again at the weekend.

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Score Prediction: Manchester City 2 – 1 Arsenal 

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2


Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1


Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0


Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3


Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2


Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1


Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1


Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0


Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2


Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1


How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Stoke City

Stoke City travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal on Sunday afternoon with the Gunners seeking revenge after they fell victim to a 3-2 loss in the reverse fixture this season.

The Potters are coming off the back of a three game unbeaten run that includes an away win at Everton, a home win against West Brom and an important draw against Manchester United on New Years Day.

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Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their below par performance last time out as they fell to Southampton in a 2-0 loss at St Mary’s, and need to win to keep tabs on the top four.

Arsenal’s home record: Played 9 – Won 5 – Drawn 3 – Lost 1

Much of the focus will be on the home side in this encounter as the Gunners are expected to have German international Mesut Ozil available once again and he could potentially start on Sunday.

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Arsene Wenger’s has fielded an unbelievable twelve different combinations in defence this season. An unsettled backline being one of the reasons why Arsenal have struggled thus far.

And Mark Hughes will hope that Bojan can wreak havoc against the Arsenal defence as he did at the Britannia earlier in the season.

Stoke City’s away record: Played 10 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 4

Stoke will be without Mame Biram Diouf however as the Senegal striker is away at the African Cup of Nations.

There is hope for this Arsenal side though, as they have won their last three at home in Premier League and enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Hull in front of their home fans last weekend in the FA Cup.

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Their recent form against their opponents hasn’t been good enough however, as they have lost the last two meetings with Stoke. Could this be a third straight win against Arsenal for Mark Hughes’s men?

Arsenal’s last five:W/D/W/W/L

Stoke City’s last five: D/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: Arsenal are undefeated in 26 of their last 27 Premier League games at the Emirates.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chile international has been a sensation since his move to the Emirates last summer and most of Arsenal’s attacking play will go through him.

Score Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 1 Stoke City