Swansea v Arsenal preview, predictions and tips:
Here we have a match and betting preview for the Arsenal vs Swansea City game, which takes place at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday the 31st of October in the Premier League. Below we have all the latest news and our football preview and betting tips.
Kick off is at 15:00 and the referee will be Kevin Friend.
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Swansea City currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League. Swansea started the campaign in good form winning twice and drawing twice in their opening four games. This put Garry Monk’s side in a good position and the season ahead looked very promising. Since then they have yet to find any kind of consistency, only winning once in six games, with three defeats and two draws. Two players who had a lot to do with the early success in the season were duo Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis. Ayew has five goals and an assist from ten games and Gomis has four goals from ten. Recent form has seen them drop down the league table. Manager Garry Monk will be hoping he and his men can overcome Arsenal on Saturday to get them climbing back up the table again. Swansea’s last game saw them come out 2-1 winners over Aston Villa. This will give the team some confidence and they will look to give Arsenal a run for their money.
Arsenal go into this game second in the table level on points with first place Manchester City. A win for Arsenal on Saturday could see them go top of the league if Manchester City fail to beat Norwich at home. Arsenal come into this game off the back a Capital One Cup match, which they lost 0-3 away at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. This will dampen the spirits within the team but they will want to maintain their good form in the Premier League, to keep the push on Manchester City. Alexis Sanchez has been the player in the spotlight for Arsenal once again bagging himself six goals, and assisting once in ten games this season. Another player in good form is Olivier Giroud. Since the start of the season he has had a lot of negative speculation saying things such as he is losing his touch. He has recently silenced the critics by being Arsenals second top goalscorer. Arsenal will be wanting to bounce back from Tuesday’s Capital One Cup exit.
Swansea will have a full squad when they face Arsenal on Saturday. Jonjo Shelvey is one booking away from having a suspension.
Arsenal are without eight players for this fixture. Tomas Rosicky (knee operation), Jack Wilshere (hairline crack in calf bone), Danny Welbeck (knee operation), David Ospina (shoulder injury), Mikel Arteta (ankle injury), Oxlade Chamberlain (Hamstring), Theo Walcott (Calf)and Aaron Ramsey (thigh problems).
Here are our predictions and tips for the game on Saturday. Arsenal had a tough game midweek which hit them with injuries and will have dented their confidence. However, they are now back to the normal business of the Premier League, in recent weeks we have been unstoppable and lethal in front of goal. We have 4 victories from the last 4 in the Premier League and I believe we can keep this run going. Sanchez will be back in the team so I am predicting we bounce back here with a hard fought win. Giroud has been in fantastic form with 3 goals in his last 4 appearances, Giroud to score first is a great shout. Arsenal 2-1 at 8/1 Arsenal to win and Giroud to score first at 30/1
Arsenal 2-1 at 8/1
Arsenal to win and Giroud to score first at 30/1