Sunday, April 21, 2024

Prediction: Arsenal vs Luton Town

Verdict: Total goals over 3.5

Best odds: 61/100

Bookmaker: ZetBet

Arsenal will have the opportunity to briefly reclaim the top spot in the Premier League table if they can secure a win against Luton Town at home on Wednesday evening.

Mikel Arteta’s team held out to earn a commendable point in a tough away fixture against Manchester City over the weekend. On the other hand, Luton couldn’t hold on to their lead against Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent outing and ended up losing 2-1 in North London.

Arsenal

Arsenal managed to avoid the usual defeat at the Etihad Stadium, holding Manchester City to a goalless draw on Easter Sunday. Despite spending much of the game defending, theirs solid defensive display,  with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes in main roles, ensured they left with a valuable point.

Although they had fewer chances, Arsenal had opportunities to even snatch a win against City. Nonetheless, securing a draw against the reigning champions was a very good result, even if it means they are no longer in control of the title race.

Currently sitting two points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal have a chance to temporarily regain the lead with a win against Luton Town. The Gunners have been dominant against newly-promoted teams at home, boasting an impressive unbeaten streak of 38 matches at the Emirates Stadium since 2008.

Team News

With Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Gabriel Magalhaes all available after featuring against Manchester City, Arsenal have a near-full squad to choose from against Luton Town. Only Jurrien Timber remains sidelined with an ACL injury.

While Saka struggled with fatigue and was substituted late in the City game, Martinelli and Leandro Trossard are potential options to replace him on the right flank. Fabio Vieira could also be considered for the role. Additionally, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Thomas Partey are likely to be in contention for starting spots after recovering from their respective issues.

Luton Town

Luton Town certainly gave Arsenal a run for their money at Kenilworth Road, and their spirited performance against Tottenham Hotspur showcased their potential. However, despite taking an early lead against Spurs, they ultimately fell to a an own goal by Issa Kabore and a late Son Heung-min strike, extending their winless streak to 10 matches across all competitions.

While the Hatters have shown attacking prowess, their struggles to hold onto leads and secure clean sheets have cost them valuable points. They have now lost three consecutive Premier League games where they led at halftime, highlighting their second-half collapses.

Additionally, Luton’s lack of away clean sheets this season paints an ominous picture as they visit the Emirates Stadium. Their previous encounter with Arsenal ended in a heartbreaking defeat, with Declan Rice’s injury-time header securing a dramatic victory for the Gunners.

Despite their recent struggles, Rob Edwards and his men will be aiming to put in a resilient performance against Arsenal and potentially upset the odds at the Emirates.

Team News

Luton Town’s injury concerns continue to mount ahead of their clash with Arsenal, with some 13 players ruled out due to various reasons. On-loan Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is ineligible to face his parent club, adding to Luton’s woes.

The lengthy injury list includes Tom Lockyer, Amari’i Bell, Marvelous Nakamba, Elijah Adebayo, Dan Potts, Mads Andersen, Chiedozie Ogbene, Jacob Brown, Gabriel Osho, Reece Burke, Alfie Doughty, and Tahith Chong. The latter three players suffered knocks in the recent defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, further depleting Luton’s squad.

As Luton await updates on the fitness of the injured trio, Daiki Hashioka, Cauley Woodrow, and Jordan Clark are poised to step in if needed. Fred Onyedinma could also be in contention for his first start of the Premier League season.

Conclusion

With so many players missing from their ranks, it’s very hard to see Luton managing even to lose this game with dignity, let alone anything else. Arsenal will be looking to do whatever is in their power to stay in the title race to the very end and snatch the trophy if possible, and to do that, they will have to go full-throttle and score as many goals as possible on Wednesday.

Verdict: Total goals over 3.5

Best odds: 61/100

Bookmaker: ZetBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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