Norwich City v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Norwich City v Arsenal

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Sunday, December 1, 2019


Carrow Road

Punter's Pick

Ordinarily Arsenal would be overwhelming favourites for this tie but we feel that the 3/4 being offered by Bet365 is actually good value for a Gunners win. Fans will be hoping that club legend Freddie Ljungberg could carry them through this period and that the players will respond to the League winner. With the quality within the Arsenal ranks we feel they should win this game but Norwich will have their moments and backing both teams to score at 4/9 could be an additional bet to help boost the overall odds.

Norwich welcome Arsenal to Carrow Road in a huge clash between two teams battling at opposite ends of the table. Norwich are hovering just above the relegation zone and Arsenal are struggling in their quest for a Champions League place. There will be much interest in the form of Arsenal who play their first game after the sacking of Unai Emery. Will the Gunners be rejuvenated or will it be the same old story for Gunners fans?

The big news story leading up to this game has been the sacking of Arsenal head coach Unai Emery. The Spaniard was released after the Gunners lost their Europa League home game 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt despite leading through Aubameyang. It follows a miserable run in which the team has gone seven games without a win in all competitions including five draws. The disappointing thing for Arsenal fans is that there were many games in which the team had been leading only for their soft underbelly to be exposed allowing teams to come away with points. The discontent amongst Arsenal fans has been evident for quite some time and it all ended with their wrath being directed towards the manager in a period which has also seen the likes of Granit Xhaka being booed off by his own fans. Freddie Ljungberg will take temporary charge and his first assignment is to pick the players up and get them working to a new strategy with the hope that a change will have the same galvanising effect that Jose Mourinho has had on their bitter rivals Tottenham.

Norwich City have had issues of their own having lost ten of their 14 games this season. A stunning victory over champions Manchester City had fans dreaming of what may be but this was blunted by the team not winning in their next seven fixtures. However, a much improved performance away at Everton saw Daniel Farke’s men pick up a 2-0 victory through goals from Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny. Cantwell in particular has been impressive and just like Jack Grealish for Aston Villa, is the player covering the ground and pushing to make things happen. His dynamic performance was rewarded with his goal and his linkup play with Teemu Pukki should bode well for the remainder of the season. The Canaries will be hoping to push on from this result and put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with many feeling this is the perfect time to play Arsenal.

Norwich will be looking to go into this game with as many as the starting 11 that secured the points at Everton as possible, as there have been no reports of any fresh injury concerns for Daniel Farke.

Arsenal will look at Granit Xhaka who was hobbling after an injury against Eintracht Frankfurt but managed to get through the whole game. Freddie Ljungberg is likely to bring back Lacazette into the starting lineup alongside Guendouzi who both started on the bench on Thursday night. It will be interesting to see if Mesut Ozil now gets more game time as his relationship with Emery was clearly strained, but this change could bring out the best in the German.

These two haven’t played each other much in recent years with Norwich just getting promotion back to the Premier League, so it is difficult to look at the head to heads as an indication of how this game may pan out. Their most recent result was a 2-1 victory for Arsenal in the League Cup last year with the teams fielding many second string players.

Punter's Pick

Ordinarily Arsenal would be overwhelming favourites for this tie but we feel that the 3/4 being offered by Bet365 is actually good value for a Gunners win. Fans will be hoping that club legend Freddie Ljungberg could carry them through this period and that the players will respond to the League winner. With the quality within the Arsenal ranks we feel they should win this game but Norwich will have their moments and backing both teams to score at 4/9 could be an additional bet to help boost the overall odds.

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