Looking to build off of their FA Cup display at Bramall Lane over the weekend, Arsenal will be hoping to mount a late charge for European football when they welcome a rock-bottom Norwich to North London on Wednesday evening.
Picking up a 2-1 win at Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon and booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s competition, the Gunners have landed back-to-back wins since throwing away the lead at Brighton earlier in the month.
On the flip side, crashing out of the FA Cup in the most dramatic of fashion against Manchester United on Saturday evening, Norwich have continued to struggle since returning from the enforced break and have all but sacrificed their Premier League status.
You might be interested to know, while the Canneries may have shocked many and picked up a point against the Gunners earlier in the season, they do hold what is a worrying record in the capital.
Norwich have lost each of their previous four trips to North London and another victory for the top-six chasers can be found priced at 1/2 with William Hill.
A late European charge for the Gunners?
While they may not have been at their best once again over the weekend, Arsenal did land a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane and they have managed to secure yet another spot in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
Managing to pick up what was a 2-0 win away at a Southampton side who really shot themselves in the foot last week, the Gunners have landed back-to-back victories and Mikel Arteta has announced a top-six charge is still on the cards.
If Wednesday’s hosts are to find some much-needed stability, then Pep Guardiola’s former right hand man could be calling on club-record signing Nicolas Pepe to lead their efforts in midweek.
Converting from the spot against Sheffield United over the weekend, the former Lille winger has bagged two goals in his three appearances across all formats and some around the Emirates feel the 25-year-old is starting to find his feet in North London.
In fact, his opener at Bramall Lane on Sunday was his 16th goal involvement for Arsenal this season across all competitions (eight goals, eight assists). Only attacking talisman and leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (21) has had a hand in more for the Gunners this year.
You might be interested to know that Pepe can be found priced at 5/4 with 888sport to extend on his tally in midweek.
Farke’s away day headache
Left devastated to have seen Manchester United snatch an extra-time winner in the FA Cup over the weekend, Norwich have all but started preparing for life back in the Championship.
Losing each of their three Premier League outings since returning from the enforced break and still sat six points adrift at the foot of the table, the Canneries have now lost five of their last six top-flight appearances.
Continuing to show some glaring issues in the final third and failing to bag a single strike in any of their three league defeats since returning to action, there is no doubt that Head Coach Daniel Farke will be most concerned by his side’s worrying struggles on the road.
Including a 1-0 defeat away at Sheffield United in their last contest away from Carrow Road, Norwich have collected just a single point over their past six matchups on the road and hold the worst away record in the division.
Remarkably managing to bag just a single away goal in almost 600 minutes of action, you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s guests can be found priced at 11/10 with 888Sport to draw another blank in the capital.