Arsenal will welcome Norwich City to the Emirates Stadium on July 1, 2020, as the English Premier League action continues.
The Gunners head to this matchday 32 having won their last two games overall. Arsenal defeated Southampton 2-0 in league play and then showed a strong effort in their 2-1 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarterfinals. With center-back David Luiz back from suspension, Arsenal is the favorite in this important matchup.
Meanwhile, Norwich has lost three in a row heading to London and they are at the bottom of the English Premier League standings. With Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimerman, and Sam Byram still in the recovery, the Canaries may not have enough firepower to topple the Gunners at their home field.
Arsenal is currently 9th in the English Premier League standings with a record of 10-13-8 and a total of 43 points earned from 31 matches played. The Gunners are coming off an impressive 2-1 win over Sheffield United in their quarterfinal match at the FA Cup. They are still alive in the Europa League race as they are just six points behind sixth-place Manchester United.
In their match against Sheffield United, Arsenal controlled 59% of possession time and they had three shots on foal plus four corner kicks earned. Dani Ceballos’ goal in the 91st minute broke the tie and gave Arsenal all three points in their last assignment. Arsenal has now won two straight matches after losing to Brighton three matches ago.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads Arsenal with a total of 17 goals this season. Alexandre Lacazette has added seven goals while Nicolas Pepe has a total of five this term. Pepe leads the team with six assists while Bukayo Saka has four assists and Lacazette owning three assists.
Arsenal is ranked 8th in the league in goal scoring with a total of 43 goals scored. They are also 8th in goals conceded with a total of 41 allowed this term. The Gunners have a total of 28 assists this season, which is also 8th in the league. Their +2 goal difference is also ranked 8th overall.
Odds from BetOnline as of 06/29/2020
Norwich City is the bottom team in the English Premier League with a record of 5-6-20 for a total of 21 points earned on the season. They have lost their last three Premier League assignments and have a very slim chance of returning to the top flight next season as they are six points behind the next three teams in the English Premier League table.
In their last assignment last Saturday, the Canaries lost 1-2 to Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Norwich City looked like they were going to penalties where it could’ve been anyone’s ball game. However, Harry Maguire found the back of the net in the 118th minute gave Manchester United the victory.
Teemu Pukki leads the team with a total of 11 goals scored on the season. Todd Cantwell has also scored six goals for the Canaries while Kenny MacLan has a solitary goal. Emiliano Buendia leads the team with a total of seven assists on the year while Pukki has 3 and Cantwell two assists on the year.
Norwich City has scored a league-low 25 goals this season. They are ranked next to last in goals conceded with a total of 56 goals allowed this term. The Canaries are also at the bottom of the league team standings with only 17 assists this season and their goal difference of -31.
These teams have played each other in a total of 59 times. Arsenal holds the upper hand in their all-time head to head meeting with a record of 28-20-11. The Gunners have not lost in their last seven meetings with five wins during that period. The last time Norwich City beat Arsenal was on October 12, 2012. These teams drew 2-2 in their reverse fixture earlier this season.
Arsenal has won five out of its last six home league matches while Norwich City is the worst away team in England with only one win and a total of six points earned in their away schedule. Since their win at Everton last December, they have dropped six out of their last away from home matches, scoring only one goal in their last six road games played.
Predicting an Arsenal match has been difficult this season. This squad has looked very good in some games but in other matches, they have looked silly and lost games which they should’ve won. However, after winning back to back games, they are a good team to back in this contest.
On the other hand, Norwich City hasn’t been good this season. They have very good attackers in Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell but this side lacks the defense that will make them an elite team. I expect Arsenal to bring out their best on Thursday. That means that both Lacazette and Aubameyang will start. They need these three points badly if they want to keep their hopes of earning a spot in Europe. This one will be played without fans in the venue but the Gunners have been an excellent team at the Emirates.
Prediction: Arsenal (+222)
Odds from BetOnline as of 06/29/2020
Norwich City has failed to score in six out of their last nine assignments and they have scored only three goals during that period. They are the worst scoring team in the English Premier League with only a total of 25 goals scored this term. Arsenal is in the Top 8 in both goal scoring and goals conceded. The Gunners though have conceded five goals in their last six assignments and scored eight goals in their last six outings. I think we will have a low-scoring affair here.
Prediction: Under 2.5 (-111)