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Arsenal go into their final English Premier League match of the season against Brighton with their improbable late bid to qualify for Europe still alive.
Just about, anyway, with the Gunners still able to pinch a seventh-placed finish in the EPL table should both Everton and arch-rivals Tottenham above them slip up.
A run of four straight wins at the last looks like papering over the cracks of a torrid campaign, in which Mikel Arteta’s side have lost a record-busting 13 league games.
But Wednesday’s injury time victory at Crystal Palace has left them just a point off the pace for the dubious honour of qualifying for the inaugural Europa League Conference competition.
Newcastle, West Brom and London foes Chelsea were all seen off before that, just in time to temper the mood of fans returning to the Emirates Stadium as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease.
David Luiz and Hector Bellerin are doubtful thanks to nagging injuries, meaning the defensive pair may have both played their final games for the club.
Martin Odegaard could make his final appearance before returning to parent club Real Madrid, while Alex Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli are both in with a shout of playing.
Brighton are also ending their season on a high, with just one defeat in their last four pulling them safely away from the threat of relegation.
Their most recent outing was the best of the lot, coming from behind on Tuesday to record a 3-2 success against champions Manchester City at the Amex Stadium.
Coach Graham Potter continues to catch the eye, receiving perhaps the greatest honour of all in getting right under the skin of opposite number Pep Guardiola.
The Seagulls could finish as high as 13th if other results go their way, giving them all the impetus they need to ruffle more feathers in north London before knocking off for the summer.
Danny Welbeck misses a date with his former employers through injury, while Neal Maupay is suspended.
Defender Lewis Dunk can return for Potter’s side following his ban, with Solly March, Tariq Lamptey and Florin Andone all ruled out of the final weekend.
Arsenal vs Brighton: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Arsenal has scored 7 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Arsenal has put together a good run of form and has now gone 3 games without defeat.
- Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Brighton & Hove Albion, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn one
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Arsenal has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 3 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 16/36 games for Arsenal this season.
- Coming into this game, Brighton & Hove Albion has picked up 7 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.4 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Brighton & Hove Albion has scored 7 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Brighton & Hove Albion has put together a good run of form and has now gone 2 games without defeat.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for Brighton & Hove Albion ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- In the last 5 matches for Brighton & Hove Albion, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 20 matches (54% of all matches) involving Brighton & Hove Albion has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Brighton & Hove Albion will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 7 goals in the last five games.
Stats source: Footystats.org
Arsenal vs Brighton: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Brighton: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Probable Brighton Starting XI: Robert Sanchez, Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Pascal Gross, Yves Bissouma, Adam Lallana, Dan Burn, Alexis Mac Allister, Leandro Trossard, Andi Zeqiri.