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Norwich City vs Arsenal: Prediction, odds, history, recent form

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Norwich City hopes it can change the fates of express trains heading in different directions when it hosts surging Arsenal at Carrow Road on Boxing Day (watch live, 10am ET Sunday onlive via Peacock Premium).

Arsenal’s moved into the top four and has 32 points after three-straight wins while Norwich City’s 10 points remain the lowest in the Premier League despite a slight uptick in results between Daniel Farke and Dean Smith.

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Smith has improved Norwich City’s defending and he’ll need a strong showing from the Canaries backs and midfield in front of Tim Krul if he’s to get anything from the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta continues to leave removed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the lineup and the Gunners attacking depth has actually made it more difficult for him to choose his front three in the most positive of ways.

This will be tough for Norwich. Can they cause a post-Christmas shock at home?


Norwich City vs Arsenal history

The Canaries and Gunners have met 61 times since 1952 with the Gunners winning 30 times with 20 draws.

Arsenal hasn’t lost to Norwich since a 2012 at Carrow Road, winning six and drawing two.

Arsenal beat Norwich City 1-0 on Sept. 11 at the Emirates Stadium.


Norwich City, Arsenal recent form

Arsenal last five fixtures – LLWWW | Last match: League Cup vs Sunderland, W 5-1

Norwich City last five fixtures – DDLLL | Last match: vs Aston Villa, L 0-2


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

(+650) Norwich City vs Arsenal (-250). Draw: +360

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Norwich City vs Arsenal prediction

Boy, oh boy, is an upset prediction asking as much as we think? Yes, yes it is. Norwich City 1-3 Arsenal.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: 3 things we learned as Wilson steals point

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Crystal Palace (mis)fired at will against sloppy Newcastle United as a Callum Wilson overhead kick and VAR-overruled Christian Benteke winner left the Eagles and Magpies level 1-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Benteke had put the Eagles up 1-0 before Wilson delivered a stunning equalizer on one of Newcastle’s very few chances, but the Belgian saw his would-be winner taken off the board by VAR for a foul.

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Ironically, the foul was on Marc Guehi who, with apologies to Benteke, was perhaps the best player on the pitch.

Newcastle did not look any more organized without Steve Bruce, and remains winless with four draws on the season. That leaves them three points back of 17th-place Leeds and four behind Southampton.

Patrick Vieira’s Palace have nine points and sit 15th, and he’ll wonder how in the world his men failed to score three, four, or even five goals. The Eagles were without Eberechi Eze and could only bring Wilfried Zaha off the bench, but still dominated the game.

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Crystal Palace vs Newcastle final score, stats

Final score: Crystal Palace 1, Newcastle United 1

Scorers: Benteke (56′), Wilson (65′)

Shots: Crystal Palace, 14-6

Shots on goal: Crystal Palace, 3-2

Possession: Crystal Palace, 75%


Three things we learned from Crystal Palace vs Newcastle

1. Benteke breaks through: Palace found opening after opening in the Newcastle defense, and it was Benteke who fittingly put the Eagles ahead when he powered over the top of Ciaran Clark to thump a header home. It was appropriate not just because Benteke had been very good, but because he had been denied more fanciful goals earlier in the match. That his winner was taken off the board was a shame but the right judgment.

2. Callum Wilson gets low: Newcastle’s first half-chance in close to an hour saw it go ahead when Wilson’s looped a loose ball inside the near post with an overhead kick to make it 1-1. What a goal, as the only way the Magpies appeared ready to get on the scoreboard would be through a feat of improbability.

3. Jones does not impress: Graeme Jones was discussed as the man behind Newcastle’s second-half stabilization last season, but the first match for the Magpies without Steve Bruce looked an awful lot like the Magpies with Steve Bruce. It was something of a 5-3-2 for Jones with Ryan Fraser starting, and Newcastle hardly looked better when he put in Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron, the two glaring omissions. It’s a difficult spot for Jones, alas.

Man of the Match: Marc Guehi

The ex-Chelsea back never saw a Premier League appearance for his former club but he’s been quite good through nine matches for Palace. The 21-year-old does a little bit of everything and looked a composed and daring passer of the ball on Saturday, and it’s a shame that he was the shirt-puller whose dark arts were spotted by VAR before Benteke smashed his header home. That said, Benteke likely doesn’t get as strong purchase on the offer without Guehi’s foul.


Crystal Palace vs Newcastle recap

Newcastle dealt with an early warning shot courtesy of Odsonne Eduoard. The ex-Celtic man bursting into the left side of the box to find Christian Benteke with a too-hard cross that popped off the Belgian and over the goal.

But it was Newcastle living in the Palace final third for most of the first quarter-hour, Sean Longstaff seeing a well-hit side volley blocked on the line and Callum Wilson unable to squeeze the rebound in from an extremely-acute angle.

There was a bit of a scrap between Wilson, Joel Ward, and Luka Milivojevic midway through the first half that was, perhaps, the highlight of the frame.

Palace had the next chance when Benteke’s point-blank header clanked off the bottom of the post. The Eagles did little with the ensuing corner kick.

Newcastle kept itself open at the back and Benteke came close with a slashed side volley in the 50th. It was foreshadowing, because Tyrick Mitchell spotted three Eagles queueing up at the back post and Benteke headed the invitation past Darlow.

Leicester City – Crystal Palace, stream live! How to watch, odds, prediction

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The final match of the Premier League match week sees Leicesteer City bidding to firm up its top four credentials with a visit from pesky Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Monday (start time 3pm ET online via Peacock Premium).

Palace are heavy underdogs but have proven difficult to defeat despite plenty of injury prooblems, spending all but seven weeks of the Premier League season between 11th and 14th. Their 38 points are 11 clear of the bottom three.

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Leicester has also been consistent this season in terms of table footing, as Brendan Rodgers’ men have not left the top four through 32 matches. The Foxes can move seven points clear of fifth and move to the precipice of Champions League qualification by winning Monday.

The two sides drew at Selhurst Park a few days before New Year’s Eve, a 1-1 affair seeing goals from Wilfried Zaha and Harvey Barnes.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of Leicester City v Crystal Palace this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: Leicester City – Crystal Palace (INJURY REPORT)

Leicester City

OUT: Harvey Barnes (knee), James Justin (knee).

Crystal Palace

OUT: Gary Cahill (other), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), James Tomkins (head), James McArthur (calf), Connor Wickham (fitness), Nathan Ferguson (fitness).


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Leicester City (-223) | Crystal Palace (+650) | Draw (+320)

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Prediction

Palace has not played in 15 days, which can work either way, while Leicester played its best men twice in five days with an FA Cup semifinal win over Southampton and a Premier League waltz past West Brom. This one will be closer than that, but not much. Leicester 2-1 Palace.


How to watch Leicester City – Crystal Palace stream, start time

Kickoff: 3pm ET Monday
Stream: Online via Peacock Premium

Arsenal – Watford stream: How to watch, start time, prediction, odds

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Arsenal – Watford: Hayden Mullins hopes to pull an improbable upset win to keep Watford in the Premier League when his Hornets visit Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11 am ET on the Golf Channel and online via NBCSports.com).

Watford’s 34 points have them 18th, behind Aston Villa on goal differential. If Villa beats already-safe West Ham, Watford has to beat Arsenal by one more goal than Villa beats the Irons.

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Arsenal put Watford in this position by throwing away their top six hopes in a loss to Villa earlier this week. The Gunners can finish as high as eighth or as low as 10th.

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Team news

Danny Welbeck is in the midfield for Watford as Hayden Mullins goes all-out attack against Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta obliges the neutrals with Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting together.


What they’re saying

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta on losing to Villa and missing out on top six“It has to hurt and we have to suffer because it is not good enough for this football club and that is why we have to put it right. We know the challenge that is really big. We are facing it and really excited about what we have ahead of us. We need to transmit this enthusiasm and passion because there are going to be some ups and downs. Unfortunately. Today is a down. Sometime it is good to see the reality and then go again, and move on, and improve.”

Watford interim boss Hayden Mullins on rebounding from loss to Man City: “We will look at the performance more, put it to bed, and start looking at the next game. We spoke about staying together and doing the right things. When you get to this stage of the season it is tough but we will deal with it the way we know how – stay confident and prepare as best we can for Sunday.”


Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)

Arsenal is the favorite at -106 and a Watford win isn’t viewed as nuts at +265, via DraftKings.

Watford dominated the Gunners in their meeting at Vicarage Road earlier this season, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 while dominating in shots 28-7.


Prediction

The Gunners themselves have to find some form before Aug. 1’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea and you just know Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking at Watford’s leaky back line and wondering if he can score three more goals than Jamie Vardy to take a share of the Golden Boot.


How to watch Arsenal – Watford stream, start time

Kickoff: 11 am ET Sunday
TV Channel: Golf Channel
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

PL Preview: Arsenal vs. West Ham

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  • Last time Arsenal lost its first 3 league games was 1954
  • West Ham has beat Arsenal once in its last 22 meetings
  • Arsenal is unbeaten in last 9 home London derbies
  • Arsenal has its best chance yet to gain its first points under Unai Emery as they host West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

    The Gunners are without a point after losses to Chelsea and Manchester City, and the team has struggled to show improvement under Emery to this point. Should they falter again, pressure could build with the built-in excuse of a difficult first two fixtures now passed.

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    Emery has no new injury problems to deal with, as other than Carl Jenkinson, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all out long-term, everyone is fit. West Ham, meanwhile, will be missing captain Mark Noble who picked up a back injury, while Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid all remain out.

    The Hammers sit 19th in the table with zero points and a -5 goal differential after losses to Liverpool and Bournemouth. They squandered a lead last time out, wasting a 1-0 lead to the Cherries to fall 2-1. They have just four wins since January 20th. Midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to play his former club and lead the midfield in Noble’s absence.

    What they’re saying

    Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mhkitaryan on the team’s struggles: “We don’t feel any pressure. We are not thinking that something is going wrong because we are moving in the right way even if we lost two games. I don’t know why people are criticizing so much. I’m not paying attention because I know if I’ve played bad or well.”

    West Ham attacker Marko Arnautovic on Arsenal: “They have a new coach and a new team and they are trying to achieve big things because they are a top club. But there is no reason why we can’t take points there because they are also human beings.”

    Prediction

    West Ham is struggling to find its way, and the Gunners need a win desperately, and Arsenal will channel that motivation to a 2-0 road victory.