Sunday, January 16, 2022

Bitesize Prediction: Norwich City vs Arsenal – 26/12/21

Competition: Premier League

Market: Arsenal win & Gabriel Martinelli to score anytime

Odds: 2/1 @ 888sport

Smelling a golden chance to extend on their recent purple patch, Arsenal will make the trip to a struggling Norwich on Boxing Day afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Norwich might have thought they had found an immediate boost under new boss Dean Smith, the Canaries are in the midst of another struggle. Last seen prior to their enforced break with a 2-0 defeat against Norwich on home soil, the east Anglia outfit have lost each of their last three Premier League contests on the spin. Once again tipped as a landslide pick to be hit with another Championship return this season, the Yellows will be more than aware that they face another stern test at Carrow Road here. With just a single victory on home soil since opening the 2021/22 campaign, it should also be noted that Arsenal hold a worrying record against Sunday’s guests. Including a 4-0 drumming last year, Smith’s men have failed to win any of their last nine straight meetings against the top-four hopefuls.

As for the visitors, storming their way to the semi-final of this year’s EFL Cup with a thumping display in midweek, Arsenal are in the midst of a real purple patch. Landing a 5-1 romp against League One outfit Sunderland on home soil, Mikel Arteta’s side have their sights firmly set on securing a European return this season. Winning each of their last four matchups across all formats, fans around north London will be hugely excited by Gabriel Martinelli’s recent goalscoring run. Including bagging a first-half brace in Arsenal’s 4-1 victory against Leeds last weekend, the 20-year-old has bagged three Premier League goals in his back-to-back appearances. Appearing to have really burst his way into Arteta’s plans, there is no doubt that the Gunners and Martinelli should be smelling a golden chance on Boxing Day.

Bet: Arsenal to beat Norwich and Gabriel Martinelli to score anytime 2/1 for Sunday’s Premier League battle @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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