Kick-off: 1400, 01/12/2019
Stadium: Carrow Road
TV: Sky Sports
Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of Arsenal for their trip to Norwich following the dismissal of Unai Emery and may be content to steady the ship at Carrow Road.
The Gunners have gone five Premier League games without a victory and have lost their last couple of away matches in this competition at Sheffield United and Leicester.
This is still a lesser test for the London outfit, though, so 29/10 for a draw will do for our initial Norwich vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Norwich City’s Betting Odds
After picking up just one point from seven games, with only two goals scored during that period, Norwich climbed off the foot of the table with a fine 2-0 triumph over Everton at Goodison Park.
Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny hit the target versus fellow strugglers Everton and Daniel Farke believes that result could be a turning point.
“The first 12 games were disappointing in terms of points, not performances,” said the German.
“The main part of the season starts now and the main part of the season is when the table is made.
“When you come away from Everton with a clean-sheet win it is good for the mood. If I’m honest, we deserve a bit of luck. It is good for the confidence.
“We are far away from competing for the Premier League title, but if we repeat this performance on a weekly basis, we have a chance of repeating a sensation at the end of the season.”
Norwich netted three times in each of their home wins against Manchester City and Newcastle, scored twice versus Chelsea here and have only drawn a blank once in front of their own fans.
Looking at the Norwich vs Arsenal odds, we like 21/20 for over 3.5 total goals in this contest.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Hernandez, Cantwell, Trybull, McLean, Tettey, Pukki.
Cantwell has been declared fit following a foot problem. Jamal Lewis returned to training this week after a knee issue, but Grant Hanley remains sidelined and Alex Tettey is unavailable for personal reasons.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Emery went into the international break under a cloud following a 2-0 loss at Leicester and Arsenal did little to ease the pressure on him when drawing 2-2 at home to Southampton.
Saints twice took the lead at Emirates Stadium and repeatedly carved open a sloppy Gunners defence on the break.
Even Alexandre Lacazette’s second equaliser in stoppage time was met with almost indifference by disappointed home fans, who jeered en masse at the final whistle.
Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League loss to Eintracht Frankfurt then proved the final straw and a club statement following Emery’s departure said: “The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.”
A return of two wins in the last 11 league games is poor, but captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang focused on sounding a rallying call.
He declared: “We have to keep fighting and keep trying to sort it out. I think everybody has to try to ask themselves what they can change, what they can give more of.
“Everybody has to do this, me first. I will try to work hard and to get back to winning ways. I think we have the quality to come back.”
Getting Lacazette back up to full speed following injury problems is a bonus and there is always a strong attacking threat when he links up with Aubameyang.
However, the defensive frailties were again exposed by Southampton, who had 21 shots on goal and missed a number of late chances.
Let’s add 21/2 for another 2-2 draw at Carrow Road to our Norwich vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal EPL line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Tierney, Sokratis, Chambers, Luiz, Ozil, Torreira, Guendouzi, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Ljungberg will be hoping David Luiz (bruised ribs) is fit after being forced off in the loss on Thursday night, while Hector Bellerin (hamstring) will be assessed.
Dani Ceballos (hamstring) is a definite absentee but Sead Kolasinac has recovered from his own minor hamstring issue and could feature.
Everton 0-2 NORWICH – Todd Cantwell, Dennis Srbeny
ARSENAL 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Head-to-head: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich, Arsenal 1-0 Norwich, Norwich 1-1 Arsenal
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