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Arsenal is probably back in form after getting two consecutive wins [against Chelsea 3-1 and Brighton 0-1] and a draw [against Southampton 1-1] in their last five Premier League matches.

Bukayo Saka’s recent form for the Gunners could be a bad thing for £72m club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.

Saka has been involved in Arsenal’s last two winnings with his goal against Chelsea and his assist against Brighton.

Pepe arrived at the Emirate last summer from French club Lille, but has failed to make a serious impression under immediate past manager Unai Emery and now Mikel Arteta.

The 19-year-old’s form since breaking into the first-team last season, and followed by his strong start to the current campaign, may not bode too well for the Ivory Coast winger.

Saka has been sensational for Arteta’s side so far this season, most recently providing the assist for Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Brighton.

In the game before against Chelsea, the teenage prospect scored Arsenal’s third and final goal as they secured a much-needed 3-1 win.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Leeds1 — 2West Ham
Mateusz Klich (6)Tomas Soucek (25)
Angelo Ogbonna (80)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Wolves0 — 1Aston Villa
Anwar El-Ghazi (90+4) PEN
Newcastle2 — 1West Brom
Miguel Almiron (1)
Dwight Gayle (80)
Darnell Furlong (50)
Man United0 — 0Man City
Everton1 — 0Chelsea
Gylfi Sigurdsson (22) PEN

Sunday, December 13, 2020

FTSouthampton3 — 0Sheff Utd
Che Adams (34)
Stuart Armstrong (62)
Nathan Redmond (83)
FTCrystal Palace1 — 1Tottenham
Jeffrey Schlupp (81)Harry Kane (23)
FTFulham1 — 1Liverpool
Bobby Reid (25)Mohamed Salah (79) PEN
20:15ArsenalBurnley
20:15LeicesterBrighton

MATCH FACTS

  • Leeds United opened the scoring against Chelsea in the last Premier League round but eventually lost 3-1. In turn, ‘Whites’ have now conceded 3+ goals in each of their last three defeats, and their average of 1.83 goals conceded per match is the third-worst in the league.
  • After winning their first PL home match of the season by a bombastic 4-3 scoreline, Leeds have since gone winless as hosts (D2, L2), whilst scoring a meagre 0.5 goals on average across those matches. Notably, this will be the first top-flight H2H since 2002/03 – Leeds won the home fixture 1-0, for a fifth successive PL home H2H at the time to see just one team score (W4, L1).
  • West Ham United also lost 3-1 after scoring the opener in the last round, with three single-goal margin PL wins in a row prior to that. The ‘Hammers’ will begin the match in eighth place (six places above Leeds), having won their last four PL matches against teams currently beneath them in the table – three of those ‘to nil’.
  • Away from home, West Ham have two wins ‘to-nil’ this season, as well as four competitive games (D1, L3) in which both teams scored. There have been six goals scored after the 80th minute across their five PL away matches this term (W2, D1, L2), though this could work against them, as they have dropped a league-high 19 points from winning positions in 2020.

TOP STATS

  • Including the previous five in succession, eight of the last nine PL H2Hs won/lost either way have seen the winner lead at HT.
  • Leeds United have 1W, 1D, 3L in five matches while West Ham United have 3W, OD, 2L.
  • West Ham United have scored in their last 6 away matches.
  • Leeds United have an average of 0.67 goals in their last three matches and West Ham United have an average of 1.33
  • Leeds United haven’t won at home in their last 4 matches.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • Patrick Bamford has opened the scoring in three of his last four goalscoring outings.
  • Tomás Souček has two goals across West Ham’s last four Premier League matches (both with his right foot).

OUR PREDICTION

West Ham to win/draw

Friday, December 11, 2020

21:00LeedsWest Ham

Saturday, December 12, 2020

13:30WolvesAston Villa
16:00NewcastleWest Brom
18:30Man UnitedMan City
21:00EvertonChelsea

Sunday, December 13, 2020

13:30SouthamptonSheff Utd
15:15Crystal PalaceTottenham
17:30FulhamLiverpool
20:15ArsenalBurnley
20:15LeicesterBrighton

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Lazio2 2Club Brugge
Zenit1 2Dortmund
Barcelona0 3Juventus
Chelsea1 1Krasnoda
Dynamo Kyiv1 0Ferencvaros
PSGBasaksehir
Leipzig3 2Man United
Rennes1 3Sevilla

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

18:55AjaxAtalanta
18:55MidtjyllandLiverpool
21:00Bayern MunichLok. Moscow
21:00Inter MilanShakhtar Donetsk
21:00Man CityMarseille
21:00OlympiacosPorto
21:00Real MadridB. M’gladbach
21:00SalzburgAtl. Madrid

MATCH FACTS

  • No matter the result, Zenit Saint Petersburg will finish last in this UEFA Champions League (UCL) group (D1, L4) after conceding an average of 2.2 goals per fixture. Their only point came at home though (1-1 vs Lazio), whilst a 5-1 top-flight victory here at the weekend ended Zenit’s four-game winless run in all competitions (D2, L2).
  • To their credit, the Russians have scored in 15 straight home games, winning the vast majority of them (W12, D1, L2), and that’s despite 14 of those fixtures witnessing both teams score. However their record at home against German opposition in European competition isn’t likely to boost morale (W2, D2, L6), and with nothing to play for here the motivation to improve on that may be lacking.
  • Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the knockouts, but a win here would guarantee they top the group. However despite winning three of their five UCL group stage fixtures by a 2+ goal margin (W3, D1, L1) – including a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture – Dortmund travel here on a three-game winless run in all competitions (D2, L1), after conceding the opener within ten minutes in two of those matches.
  • With superstar striker Erling Haaland – who has scored 60% of Dortmund’s UCL group stage goals – sidelined for now, Dortmund have lost a huge attacking threat. They are at least unbeaten in their last four away games though (W3, D1), but have lost six of their previous nine UCL away matches (W3) – all nine of which saw a 2+ goal margin.

HOT STATS

  • The winner on the day has been leading at HT in eight of Dortmund’s last nine UCL away games.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have 1W, 2D, 2L in five matches while Borussia Dortmund have 2W, 2D, 1L.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have scored in their last 6 home matches.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have soored 5 goals in their last 3 matches, while Borussia Dortmund have scored 3.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • Artem Dzyuba scored Zenit’s previous UCL goal, and sees the back of the net in his side’s last two competitive home games.
  • Jadon Sancho netted the opener in the reverse fixture, and scored in Dortmund’s last UCL win.

OUR PREDICTION

Dortmund to win/draw.

MATCH FACTS

  • The stage is set in UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group F on the final matchday, as hosts Lazio (W2, D3) or Club Brugge (W2, D1, L2) will join Borussia Dortmund in the knockout stages. The hosts know they are through as long as they don’t lose, but the group win is also within reach should they claim their third win from three at home in the UCL.
  • Both wins so far have come via a 3-1 result, and all five of Lazio’s group stage matches this season have featured both teams scoring – with Lazio getting the first goal in three (W2, D1). Lazio lost their last home league game 3-1, meaning they’ve conceded at least one goal in all seven competitive home matches so far (W3, D2, L2), precisely one in five of those.
  • A win would catapult Club Brugge into the knockout stage, but as they are safe in third place at least, we might see some gung-ho action. That said, the Belgians have scored 2+ goals in just three of their last ten competitive matches (W4, D3, L3), and they’ve won just three of their last 23 UCL matches (D7, L13 no qualifiers).
  • Away from home, Club Brugge have won two of their last six competitive matches (D2, L2), with four of the last five featuring a total of at least three match goals. The six matches averaged 2.5 total goals, and also featured two red cards and four penalties.

HOT STATS

  • Lazio have conceded at least one goal in eight straight UCL group stage home matches, and in their last 16 home and away.
  • Lazio has 3W, 1D, 1L in five matches while Club Brugge have 3W, 1D, 1L.
  • Lazio has scored in their last 5 home matches.
  • Lazio has scored 4 goals in their last 3 matches, while Club Brugge has scored 4.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • Ciro Immobile missed the reverse fixture but has scored in eight straight competitive matches for Lazio.
  • Noa Lang scored in the last UCL round – all four of his competitive goals for Brugge have been the last of the match for his team.

OUR PREDICTION

Lazio to win/draw.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

18:55LazioClub Brugge
18:55ZenitDortmund
21:00BarcelonaJuventus
21:00ChelseaKrasnoda
21:00Dynamo KyivFerencvaros
21:00PSGBasaksehir
21:00LeipzigMan United
21:00RennesSevilla

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

18:55AjaxAtalanta
18:55MidtjyllandLiverpool
21:00Bayern MunichLok. Moscow
21:00Inter MilanShakhtar Donetsk
21:00Man CityMarseille
21:00OlympiacosPorto
21:00Real MadridB. M’gladbach
21:00SalzburgAtl. Madrid

Wolverhampton striker, Raul Jimenez, has confirmed that Manchester United made an official approach to bring him in during the summer transfer window.

Italian club, Juventus also declared an interest in signing the striker.

Jimenez, last month penned a new four-year contract with the Premier League side.

The Mexico international, was in a superb form during the 2019/2020 campaign after seeing the back of the net 27 times across all competitions.

29-year-old Jimenez said during an interview with TUDN, that he is happy at this present club but a move could still happen in future.

“One day I woke up and Juventus wanted me, another Manchester United and what I know is that there were approaches made.

“But an agreement was never reached and nothing was close. I’m very happy at Wolves.

“The truth is I am very happy in Wolverhampton. It’s never wrong to be in a place where you are well but they know that I am not satisfied [with my form], I always look for more.


“It [a move] did not happen this time. If it happens at some point then it will have to be what is best for me, for Wolves and the team that I join,” Jimenez explained.

Friday, October 30, 2020

21:00WolverhamptonCrystal Palace

Saturday, October 31, 2020

13:30Sheffield UnitedManchester City
16:00BurnleyChelsea
18:30LiverpoolWest Ham

Sunday, November 1, 2020

13:30Aston VillaSouthampton
15:00NewcastleEverton
17:30Manchester UnitedArsenal
20:15TottenhamBrighton

Monday, November 2, 2020

18:30FulhamWest Brom
21:00LeedsLeicester