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Arsenal vs Sunderland

Arsenal vs Sunderland – Arsenal hosts Sunderland at the Emirates on 16th May, Tuesday in a crucial English Premier League fixture as Arsene Wenger’s men challenge for a place in the ‘top four’.

Arsenal are fifth in the league standings with sixty-nine points and must win both their remaining games (against Sunderland tonight and Everton in the weekend) while hoping Liverpool or Manchester City drop points to stand a chance at qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Sunderland have already been relegated and sit at the bottom of the league with twenty-four points. They are coming off a 2-0 loss to Swansea City and before their final game against Chelsea, would love to spoil Arsenal’s chances.

Team News

Santi Cazorla is still sidelined with an injury for Arsenal while Sunderland will be without the injured Paddy McNair, Duncan Whatmore, Jan Kirchoff and Brian Oviedo.

Arsenal Possible Starting Lineup: Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Gibbs, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud.

Sunderland Possible Starting Lineup: Jordan Pickford, Billy Jones, Lamine Kone, John O’Shea, Javier Manquillo, Didier Ndong, Lee Cattermole, Sebastian Larsson, Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe, Wahbi Khazri.

“Our chances depend on winning our games. We have 69 points, we can get to 75. That will be four points more than last year, so let’s focus on finishing as well as we can. We have created a momentum again. We had a difficult period and we recovered from it. The only chance we have to be in the top four is to win our games.”

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal.

Contributor’s Pick

According to Arsenal vs Sunderland H2H Stats, Arsenal have won three and drawn two of their previous five matches against Sunderland.

Sunderland have failed to score in ten of their last twelve matches in the Premier League while Arsenal have won nine of their last eleven league home games. A 2-0 win for Arsenal is the most likely result tonight.

KENYA Manu2016 Arsenal kept their hopes of a Premier League top four finish well and truly alive at the weekend with a 4-1 battering of Stoke away from home, a result which makes it six wins from their last seven games in all competitions.

This has seen them rocket up the Premier League table, with them now sitting just four points behind Liverpool in 3rd but with a game in hand. The higher placed side also have a four goal lead in the goal difference department, so things could go right down to the wire in the race for the final Champions League spots.

The Gunners have undeniably had their problems this season, but at The Emirates they have rarely put a foot wrong domestically. They have won ten, drawn one, and lost two of their last 13 games in all competitions, and one of those defeats was the 5-1 humiliation against Bayern Munich.
Sunderland looked a lot brighter when they beat Hull earlier this month, although their relegation from the top flight had already been confirmed. However, they slumped back into the form that got them relegated on Saturday when they lost 2-0 at home to the now safe Swansea.

This makes it nine defeats, two draws, and one win from their last 12 matches. Away from home they have lost ten of their last 12 games, so nobody can argue that their position in the table is undeserved.

Arsenal are understandably huge favourites for this game, but they tend to play a lot of their most impressive football after the break. They scored three of their four goals at Stoke after half time and have scored 62% of their goals at home after the break. This includes seven goals in the final 15 minutes. They have also seen fewer than two goals scored in nine of their 17 home games this season, with six of those being goalless at the break.

Sunderland also struggle more after the break, conceding 64% of their away goals in the second half. Compare this to the fact they have held the hosting team to a first half goalless draw in almost half of their matches and seen fewer than two goals in 76% of them and we can clearly see where their problems begin. This makes odds of 20/21 for Arsenal Highest Scoring Half – 2nd Half excellent value. I’m going for that alongside a 5-0 correct score prediction
Arsenal to win 5-0

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