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Stream: Arsenal v. Norwich City, Everton v. Leicester, Bournemouth v. Newcastle

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Arsenal – Norwich City stream: Something has to give as Arsenal’s fading top five hopes meets Norwich City’s fading safety hopes in a Wednesday tilt at the Emirates Stadium (Stream live at 1 pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

There are three games total at 1pm ET on Wednesday, with Everton – Leicester City and Bournemouth – Newcastle also on the slate.

As for the Gunners, they have won two-straight including an FA Cup win but their 43 points are nine back of Wolves in the Champions League race and two back of Europa League footing.

Norwich’s 21 points are six back of 17th place and safety. When Arsenal and Norwich City last met, the Gunners were off to their worst start in 44 years and the Teemu Pukki-inspired Canaries were eyeballing a banner year.

Click on the links below to watch the three games live at 1pm ET

STREAM ARSENAL – NORWICH CITY LIVE ONLINE

STREAM EVERTON – LEICESTER CITY LIVE ONLINE

STREAM BOURNEMOUTH – NEWCASTLE LIVE ONLINE

Team news

Gabriel Martinelli, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Lucas Torreira and Calum Chambers are all out for Arsenal while Cedric Soares is on the bench, with Mesut Ozil not in the matchday squad once again.

Bellerin, Ceballos, Nelson, Aubameyang come into the starting lineup from the FA Cup win at Sheffield United.

Todd Cantwell has overcome a minor injury and will hope to score another goal against Arsenal. Moritz Leitner is out injured, while Timm Klose is suspended following his red card so Trybull comes in.

What they’re saying

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta on finally fit defender Cedric: “He’s a different quality in the fullback area than what we have. He’s a gifted, technical player and is probably the best we have in the final third to make the right decision and attack the box as well. He can play in a four or a five, he’s a really good player with experience in the Premier League that can help us.”

Daniel Farke about his job security at 20th-place Norwich“I know I am in a privileged role, I feel blessed to have the trust of this club and the sporting director. I can’t ask for a better relationship than the one I have with Stuart Webber, or to my owners. They are fantastic people. I can’t ask for a better relationship with the board and the fans, who show me trust in the good and bad times. We have a special relationship. I feel honored. The flip side is they have a head coach who is not demanding we sign expensive players or bring in more quality. I know we are the only self-funding club on this level, so the trust is both ways. If there is a first opportunity to join a bigger club with more money or more potential I won’t immediately leave. My values are different. I have won three titles in my career and I know I can coach teams to compete for titles but it is not realistic for Norwich to win the Premier League title.

Odds and ends (Full matchweek odds)

Norwich is the biggest underdog of the matchweek at +500 compared to Arsenal’s -190 odds to win at home

Arsenal and Norwich City drew 2-2 at Carrow Road in November. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for the Gunners and Todd Cantwell joined Pukki on the scoresheet for Norwich.

Everton and Leicester cannot be separated as both are at (+165) to win, with the tie at +245. While Bournemouth (+135) are the favorites for a much-needed win against Newcaskle (+220) and the tie is +220.

Wolves come back to beat misfiring Norwich City

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Wolves were far from their best but came back to beat wasteful Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez scored for Wolves, who sit two points back of fourth place Chelsea and a point back of Sheffield United.

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Norwich was ahead on a Todd Cantwell goal, but finishes the day six points back of 17th place Saints.


Three things we learned

1. Bad Wolves still win: For more than an hour, Wolves looked nothing like a side competing for a place in the Top Four. But Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men found a way to get the job done in coming back for their three points. That’s a good sign against a desperate home side.

2. The Year of Raul Jimenez continues: El Tri’s star striker is going as well as any center forward not named Robert Lewandowski. So it comes as little surprise that the Mexican was the man to supply the match-winning goal at Carrow Road. The stats now say 16 goals and eight assists in 28 matches this season, and Wolves’ only worry is the amount of teams who will try to woo him in January.

3. Pukki loses his powers: On another day, the Wolves’ poor first half sees this match done at half. But Teemu Pukki uncharacteristically missed two prime chances to make the match 2 (and 3) to nil at home. Emiliano Buendia was phenomenal for the Canaries and Cantwell pretty good, but few others showed up over 90 minutes.

Man of the Match: Raul was great, but it comes down to the Adama “Mou calls me a train” Traore and Rui Patricio. We’ll give it to the Portuguese goalkeeper for his saves on Pukki and others in Wolves’ win.


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Wolves supplied some dreadful defending to allow Norwich to its opener, the Canaries doubtlessly pleased with the ease of Cantwell’s opener.

Kenny McLean was wide open for a huge diagonal ball, his dribbles and cutback poorly cleared to Cantwell.

Teemu Pukki slipped a shot past Patricio but wide of the goal in the 24th. No party, and he misfired again in the 44th minute after driving toward goal.

Emiliano Buendia came very close to 2-0 when a Wolves giveaway provided a chance to rip from atop the arc. It was deflected, but a corner not given to the Canaries.

They paid for the misses, as Saiss headed home from a Joao Moutinho cross at the hour mark and Jimenez did what he does best 21 minutes later.

PL at half: Southampton, Norwich, Blades hold leads (video)

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We do have some goals in the Premier League after Everton and Arsenal’s lifeless start to the weekend (though both will love the clean sheets).

Here are the scorers and stream links ahead of a five second halves around England.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Sheffield United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Oli McBurnie had plenty of physical work to do before beating Mat Ryan for an early lead.

Norwich City 1-0 Wolves – NBCSN [STREAM]

Todd Cantwell is on the board for the Canaries, who really should lead 2-0 but saw a rare Teemu Pukki mistake.

Aston Villa 0-2 Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Danny Ings is in fine form — 15th in JPW’s weekly rankings — but didn’t need to be for a side-footed finish at Villa Park. Jack Stephens insured the lead, and Dean Smith‘s Villans are staring down Christmas in the drop zone.

Bournemouth 0-0 Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Two combined shot attempts. Two. Total.

Newcastle United 0-0 Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

The hosts are forcing saves out of Vicente Guaita, but they have been comfortable ones.

Norwich City holds sloppy Arsenal

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Arsenal needed two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to take a point from Norwich City at Carrow Road, a 2-2 draw which doomed the Gunners to their worst season start since 1975.

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The draw comes in the first match after Arsenal fired Unai Emery, as interim boss Freddie Ljungberg oversaw another defensively-challenged performance.

Arsenal needed a number of sensational saves from Bernd Leno to get their point, which leaves them 8th with 19 points.

[ MORE: Ljungberg reacts ]

Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell scored for Norwich City, who sits 19th with their 11th point.


Three things we learned

1. Gunners defense invites Pukki and friends to party: Emery may be gone, but it didn’t instantly fix the Gunners’ defensive woes. Norwich City went ahead when Pukki used a clever change of direction to open up for a perfect Kenny McLean through ball, then watched as the Arsenal backs allowed him to turn and dribble to space for a shot that turned off Chambers and past Leno. The Cantwell goal wasn’t too different, and Bernd Leno was outstanding in denying what could’ve easily been a number of additional goals.

2. VAR denies Krul penalty save: Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul has been a penalty-stopping marvel for years, but he was denied his fourth season stop from the spot when VAR spotted his plant leg off the line before he saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s effort. Don’t get us wrong: He left his line and this isn’t VAR’s fault as much as it’s the law. In some cases like this, it’s illogical to expect a keeper to hit the line every time unless you make him start inside the goal. Perhaps the idea is to make penalties more automatic, but it’s a tough but correct application from VAR that allowed Arsenal a brief respite.

EDIT: The call was apparently against Max Aarons, who entered the box before Aubameyang’s effort and was the first to touch the rebound. As you were.

3. Cantwell continues to raise profile: Norwich City’s 21-year-old midfielder collected his fourth goal of the season to go with two assists. Born 25 miles from Carrow Road, he’s averaging 1.3 key passes and 1.3 successful dribbles per game in helping the Canaries find, perhaps, their next James Maddison.

Man of the Match: Aubameyang — Saved penalty aside, the Gabonese goal collector gave the Gunners plenty to like (again) in scoring his 52nd and 53rd Arsenal goals (in 82 appearances).


It was mostly Arsenal early, though Onel Hernandez led a 17th minute charge that led to a hard shot directly to Bernd Leno.

Tim Krul produced more brilliance typical of his season with a flying slap of Calum Chambers‘ header.

That’s when Pukki finished Norwich’s lightning counter, calmly turning the ball onto his right foot for a shot that deflected past Leno.

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The score line looked set to change within moments, as Mesut Ozil‘s spun free kick was slapped out of the air by Zimmermann.

Krul came off his line to best Aubameyang’s spot kick, and VAR didn’t let the nominal distance sway it: Aubameyang bagged the re-kick despite Krul’s obnoxious hypeman antics on the touch line.

Norwich retook the lead in the second minute of stoppage time, Cantwell scoring for the second-straight match.

Leno continues to perform well for Arsenal under siege, splaying to make a world-class save on McLean at the hour mark.