The Premier League action is limited on Sunday afternoon but we start by covering the 2pm GMT (that’s right, the clocks have gone back in the UK!) kick-off between early season pace setters Arsenal and relegation favourites Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium.
The home side have been knocked off the top of the table but can they bounce back to the summit with a victory here? Or will the away team spring two shock results in a row? Read on to see which Premier League odds we are backing for this latest fixture.
Arsenal Betting Trends
Arsenal come into a league game not sitting on top of the Premier League table for the first time in a number of weeks. How will that affect Mikel Arteta’s side psychologically knowing they are in need of a win to leapfrog Manchester City back into 1st place? The Gunners have lost just 1 of their opening 11 league games of the season but were held to a 1-1 draw away to Southampton in their last league outing and suffered a 2-0 loss away to PSV in the Europa League in midweek. Are the team experiencing their first wobble of the season?
Arsenal do maintain a decent record against newly promoted teams having won the last 7 such fixtures played. The team have also won their last 8 league home matches. There is an encouraging omen from the history books. The Londoners have picked up 28 points from their first 11 league games played. Only Newcastle have failed to go on to win the title after such a good start when they had 28 points in 1995/96 and 29 points in 1994/95.
Nottingham Forest Betting Trends
Nottingham Forest will be buzzing after their epic 1-0 win over Liverpool in their last league game but after the Reds lost 2-1 at home to Leeds this weekend it seems that every team is beating Jurgen Klopp’s men right now! The Tricky Trees are still bottom of the league table with just 9 points from their 12 league games played so far with the club 3 points off the pace of safety. Steve Cooper’s men have yet to pick up a win on the road in the league this season.
There is a chance for history to be made here with Forest becoming the first newly promoted club to beat Liverpool and Arsenal back-to-back in the league since Norwich pulled it off back in 1982/83. Only two clubs have claimed a win against Arsenal on their first visits to this venue and they were West Ham in 2007 and Hull in 2008. Still, it is just 1 loss from their last 4 league matches so it appears that Forest are improving and Cooper is making them a tough team to beat.
Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest Betting Tips
This will be the first league meeting between these two clubs since 1999 when Arsenal prevailed victorious in a 1-0 win at the City Ground. They have met four times in the cup competitions since then with two wins apiece. It was in fact Nottingham Forest who secured a 1-0 win in their FA Cup 3rd Round tie at home back in January.
I’m not sure we’ll see that result here but there is a feeling that Forest are improving so they’ll be stubborn opposition to break down. Arsenal should get the job done though.
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