Arsenal will resume its Premier League action on Saturday against Swansea City as the Gunners look to build upon the impressive run from before the international break.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 15, 2016, at the Emirates Stadium in London. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 3:00 p.m
- U.S.A time: 10:00 a.m.
- Pacific time: 7:00 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 5:00 p.m.
- UAE time: 6:00 p.m.
- Indian time: 7:30 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 10:00 p.m.
Preview and Team News
Arsenal fans were given a scare as their talisman Mesut Ozil was replaced in the half-time due to an injury in a Germany game. But the midfielder insists he is all good, so he should start on Saturday.
Defender Hector Bellerin will also be available despite rumors of his injury. The Spaniard played for Spain U-21 side in the last game without any discomfort.
It was expected that Welsh midfield maestro Aaron Ramsey will return to Arsenal squad after this international break. But as usual with the Arsenal medical team, the player will not return in time. Manager Arsene Wenger said on the pre-match press conference that Ramsey will be given a pre-season to bring him back to full fitness.
On a similar note, French striker Oliver Giroud will not be available for Swansea match as he recovers from a toe injury.
For Swansea, Nathan Dyer will not play any part against Arsenal as he is sidelined for two months due to an ankle injury. Federico Fernandez has been absent in Swansea’s last three games and he may not take part against the Gunners.
Jefferson Montero is expected to miss the game with a foot injury, but Fernando Llorente may return in the squad to provide huge boost to new manager Bob Bradley.
Arsenal Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Swansea City Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Amat, Taylor; Britton, Fer; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Baston
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the game will be live on NBC Sports Live, SiriusXM FC, CNBC, and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo. In the U.K., the match will not be live on TV. You can watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Head-to-Head (H2H)
In recent seasons, Swansea has impeccable record against Arsenal at the Emirates. The last seven games at home of the Gunners has seen Swansea come out on top on four occasions.
The last time Arsenal welcomed Swansea in its home was in March 2016, in which the Swans tasted a 2-1 victory. Joel Campbell put Arsenal ahead in the match, but late goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams cost Arsenal all three points.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Prediction
Arsenal is the clear favorite for this game, but recent history suggests that the game will be far from a walk in the park for the Londoners. Swansea City will be a new side under new manager Bob Bradley, so any form of complacency can result in a disappointing result for Wenger’s men.
Final Predicted Score: Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City
Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Betting Tips and Odds
- ARSENAL win: 2/7
- A draw: 5/1
- SWANSEA CITY win: 9/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 13/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
- Both teams to score: 4/5
- Both teams fail to score: 10/11
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Key Stats to consider
- Arsenal has victory in its last 5 games (PL).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in last 4 games at the Emirates (PL).
- Swansea has tasted defeat in 5 of their last 6 games (PL ).
- Arsenal has seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 games against the Swans.
- Arsenal has netted 2 or more goals in their last 4 home matches (PL).
- Swansea has conceded at 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (PL).
Arsenal vs. Swansea City: Live Stream
The match can be watched live stream online in the link here.
The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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