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Norwich v Arsenal (Paul Higham)
- 1400 GMT kick-off Sky Sports Premier League
Well, well, well, which way will this much-maligned Arsenal squad go now Unai Emery has been given the boot?
We were all ready to bill this one as last chance saloon for the Spaniard, but Eintracht Frankfurt had other ideas and put an end to his reign just before this trip to Carrow Road.
In my eyes the sacking has turned this from a testing trip for the Gunners into one that I fully expect them to run away with. The 'new manager bounce' may well be just a myth, but there's definitely a lightening of the shoulders when an under-fire manager leaves a club.
Football dressing rooms, and the footballers who inhabit them, are strange and precariously balanced habitats and it's so hard to change the direction of a faltering team without making a big change at the top. With all the talent that's in this squad, they should make that count against the Canaries.
Daniel Farke's outfit pulled off a fine win at Goodison but against another tight, tense and nervous home side in Everton. This Arsenal side will now most likely have a fresh outlook on life, with a few changes thrown in, and make the inevitable big statement under their new caretaker Freddie Ljungberg.
Prediction: Norwich 1-3 Arsenal (Sky Bet odds: 12/1)
- After beating Arsenal 4-2 at Highbury on the first ever day of Premier League action in August 1992, Norwich have won just one of their last 15 against the Gunners in the competition (W1 D6 L8).
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 top-flight away games against Norwich (W5 D8), going down 0-1 in October 2012.
- Since beating Manchester City 3-2 in September, Norwich have lost their last three home league games by an aggregate score of 2-10 (1-5, 1-3 and 0-2). Only once before have they lost four consecutive Premier League games at Carrow Road (April 2014-August 2015).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 80% of Arsenal’s away goals in the Premier League this season (4/5). The Gabonese striker has also netted eight goals in his 10 appearances against promoted sides for the Gunners.
Wolves v Sheffield United (Paul Higham)
- 1400 GMT kick-off
It's amazing what two wins can do for you in the Premier League these days, as Wolves now sit in fifth place after taking back-to-back three points and go into this game a point and a place above the high-flying Blades.
Coming off the back of a 3-3 draw in soggy Portugal, Wolves could start slowly again as has been their way after Europa League games, and the last side you want if you're a bit leggy is Chris Wilder's all-action Blades.
As good as their performance was overall against Manchester United, Wilder will not be happy with the manner in which they conceded three goals, and he'll no doubt have them wound up again to try and pull off another away day masterclass.
Wolves don't keep many clean sheets at home either, just the one in the league this season, and the combination of that, the Europa League and the rumours flying around about Nuno Espirito Santo being on Arsenal's new manager list may just take their eyes off the ball.
Saying that, Wolves don't lose many and don't mind a draw at home. In fact, they have the most amount of stalemates in the league this season, while Sheffield United have the most away draws (five) so with two draw specialists playing each other there's only one place to look.
Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Sheffield United (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)
- The last top-flight meetings between Wolves and Sheffield United came in the 1975-76 campaign – Wolves won 5-1 at home and 4-1 away as both sides were relegated to the second tier.
- Sheffield United are one of two sides still unbeaten away from home in the Premier League this season (W1 D5), along with league leaders Liverpool. The last promoted team to remain unbeaten in their first seven top-flight away games were Blackburn in 1992-93, while the last time Sheffield United did so in the top tier was in 1899-00.
- Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is the first manager to go unbeaten in his first six away Premier League games (W1 D5 L0) since Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008-09 with Chelsea.
- Raúl Jiménez has scored in three consecutive Premier League games – the only Wolves player to score in four in a row in the competition is Henri Camara, who scored in five consecutive appearances in April 2004.
Leicester City v Everton (George Pitts)
- 1630 GMT kick-off Sky Sports Premier League
Nine wins from their last 10 in all competitions is certainly form of a top side and Leicester have displayed no sign of relenting.
The Foxes have shown their opponents, under struggling Marco Silva, how to get a managerial appointment spot on. In nine months the change has been impressive and they look like a real team again.
Those performances have led to Rodgers' name being mentioned for the Arsenal vacancy after Unai Emery's departure. Charlie Nicholas was one name who mentioned the Northern Irishman - read more from his column here.
But Rodgers will not want to let distractions get in the way of the task in hand and his side look capable of making it six in a row in the Premier League.
Continue like they have been doing on the pitch and it could cost his opposite number Silva his job, with the Portuguese widely considered fortunate to still be in the dugout for this one.
For all their attacking might, Leicester's defence is also a force to be reckoned with. With just eight goals conceded, they have the best record in the league this season and have now recorded four clean sheets in a row as part of this commendable streak.
Regardless of such a run, they look good value to keep out the Toffees on Sunday. Caglar Soyuncu is a star and forming a partnership with Jonny Evans while the attacking full-backs Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira do a superb job at both ends, with Wilfried Ndidi providing the steel in midfield.
As much as the Merseysiders' squad has threat and plenty of potential, they lack ideas and creativity under Silva and should not be too problematic for the hosts.
Considering the difference in mood in both camps, a win-to-nil bet on Leicester at just under 2/1 looks good value for a small play here.
Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Everton (Sky Bet odds: Price Boosted to 8/1)
Best bet: Leicester to win to nil at 177/100
- None of the last eight Premier League meetings between Leicester and Everton have been drawn, with both sides winning four apiece. Before that run, Leicester had only won four of their previous 30 top-flight meetings with Everton (W4 D14 L12).
- Leicester are looking to win six consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since their club record run of seven in March 1963. They’ve won their last five in the Premier League by a combined score of 17-1, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four.
- After losing five of their last six Premier League home games under Claude Puel, Leicester have lost just one of their subsequent 12 at the King Power Stadium (W9 D2), with the Foxes unbeaten at home so far in this campaign (W5 D1).
- Despite facing the fifth fewest number of corners (55), and having faced the joint-second fewest number of shots from corners (14), no side has conceded more goals from such situations than Everton (4) in the Premier League this season.
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 12 goals in his last 12 Premier League home games. In total he’s scored 48 goals in 94 games at the King Power Stadium in the competition, and could become the first player to reach 50 at the ground in the top-flight.
- There are 250 occurrences of a player scoring 20+ goals under a specific manager in the Premier League – of those, only Sergio Aguero under Manuel Pellegrini (one every 96 minutes) has a better minutes-per-goal ratio than Jamie Vardy under Brendan Rodgers at Leicester (one every 98 minutes).
Man Utd v Aston Villa (George Pitts)
- 1630 GMT kick-off at Old Trafford
Aston Villa's away record has not been great since their return to the top flight, but they have plenty of reasons to be confident travelling to Manchester United.
One of them is the high of a clean sheet victory over Newcastle last time out, another is the fact Old Trafford is no longer a fortress.
Dean Smith's side have faced many of the big boys this season and given it a good go. They came so close in that home game with Liverpool, but for a late salvo from the league leaders.
They took the lead at Tottenham on the opening game of the season while at Arsenal they twice came from behind before eventually losing 3-2. Even at Man City they kept the reigning champions quiet for the first 45 minutes, which is no mean feat.
So against a United side that is far from convincing and so nearly lost at Sheffield United last week, the Villans can at least get on the score sheet and the interest here is on a man who can grab a goal.
John McGinn has 10 to his name in 21 appearances for club and country this season. He has netted six in his last three Scotland appearances but is without a Villa goal in his last seven games now.
The 25-year-old playmaker averages nearly three shots per game in the Premier League this season - a clear eye for goal and knack for getting into scoring positions.
His last two top-flight games saw him take a total of five shots, so he is clearly determined to end his wait for a goal. He was on the score sheet against Tottenham and Arsenal, two under-performing sides this season, so he likes a goal against the big boys.
Another underachiever is Man United and McGinn can certainly get the better of their defence. At just over 5/1, this anytime goalscorer bet is well worthy of a small stake.
Prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)
Best bet: John McGinn to score anytime at 21/4
- Manchester United lost their last home league game against a promoted side, going down 0-2 against Cardiff on the final day of 2018-19. They’ve not lost consecutive such games at Old Trafford since a run of three in the 1986-87 season (vs Charlton, Norwich and Wimbledon).
- Manchester United have dropped 10 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, just one fewer than they dropped in the whole of 2018-19 (11). Indeed, since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took charge of the club, only Southampton (24) and Tottenham (20) have lost more points from ahead than the Red Devils (17).
- With seven goals and four assists, Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 58% of Man Utd’s 19 Premier League goals this season – only Teemu Pukki at Norwich (69%) has been involved in more for his side this season.
- Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has carried the ball further than any other Premier League player this season (3441 metres). He’s created 17 chances after carrying the ball (moving the ball five or more metres), more than any other player in the competition.
Odds correct as of 1700 GMT on 29/11/19
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