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Preview: Arsenal vs Brighton – H2H, Form Guide, Injury News and Prediction

This Sunday, the Emirates Stadium will be fraught with anticipation as two contenders, Arsenal and Brighton, face off in an apex Premier League game that could determine both their season trajectories. The game is scheduled for December 17, 2023, beginning at 2:00 PM UTC.

Head To Head

The history between these teams tells a story of fierce competition and unpredictability. In their last 10 meetings, Brighton has secured a slim lead with 5 victories against Arsenal’s 3, with 2 matches ending in a draw. However, their last encounter saw Brighton hand Arsenal a crushing 3-0 defeat. Can Arsenal recover this time?

Current Form: Arsenal

Currently second in the league, Arsenal has had a mixed bag of results in recent games. Their last five matches ended with two wins, two losses, and a draw. While relatively successful, the team may need to bring more to the table against Brighton.

The Last 5 Games of Arsenal

  1. PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Arsenal (UEFA Champions League)
  2. Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal
  3. Luton 3-4 Arsenal
  4. Arsenal 2-1 Wolves
  5. Arsenal 6-0 Lens (UEFA Champions League)

Current Form: Brighton

On the other side, standing in the 8th position, Brighton has shown slightly better recent form. Their last five matches concluded with three wins, one loss, and a draw. Backed by history between the teams, Brighton might be hard to outperform.

The Last 5 Games of Brighton

  1. Brighton 1-0 Marseille (UEFA Europa League)
  2. Brighton 1-1 Burnley
  3. Brighton 2-1 Brentford
  4. Chelsea 3-2 Brighton
  5. AEK Athens FC 0-1 Brighton (UEFA Europa League)

Handling the Absences

Putting a damper on Arsenal’s expectations, four key players, Partey, Timber, Tomiyasu, and Vieira are all reported to be missing the upcoming fixture due to injuries. How Arsenal navigates these absences could significantly impact the game.

Projections and Predictions

Despite a lesser standing and recent form, the home advantage might play in favour of Arsenal. The home team, backed by their fans, registers a 35% chance of victory according to predictions, with an equal chance for a draw. It might be wise to bet on a double chance: an Arsenal win or a draw with more than 1.5 goals. The match could very well shift the Premier League standings, with Arsenal standing a chance to claim the top spot. Buckle up for sporty Sunday!

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