Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 27 Goals 56 (73)
(26) 17 Assists 38 (56)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.5)
28 Average Age 27.1
180.1 Average Height (cm) 183.9
(1) 1 Shots pg 1.3 (1.1)
(42%) 37% Aerial Duel Success 50% (53%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.7)
(1.9) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.5)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Marcos Angeleri Out N/A
Nicklas Bendtner Out 5.88
Titus Bramble Out 6.83
Matthew Kilgallon Out 6.55
Wes Brown Out 6.65
Lee Cattermole Out 6.52
David Vaughan Out 6.8
Craig Gordon Doubtful 6.91
Player Reason Status Rating
André Santos Out 7.05
Vassiriki Abou Diaby Out 6.28
Carl Jenkinson Out 6.24
Jack Wilshere Out N/A
Emmanuel Frimpong Out 6.21
Kieran Gibbs Doubtful 6.88
Gervinho Out 6.75

Team News

  • Sunderland had to endure 120 minutes of action before triumph over local rivals Middlesbrough in the cup in midweek and Martin O'Neill would probably like to rest some of his players, though injuries may prevent him from doing so.
  • With Cattermole and Vaughan sidelined, Colback and Gardner will continue in midfield with O'Shea and Turner at the back due to injuries to Brown, Bramble and Kilgallon.
  • O'Neill could give the likes of Ji, Wickham and Elmohamady a rare start if he does see fit to rest some of his key players since his tenure began such as Sessegnon and McClean.
  • Arsenal's injury list, on the other hand, is shortening of late with Sagna the latest high-profile name to return, though the Frenchman could struggle to win his place back off of Coquelin who impressed last time out.
  • However, every player impressed in the 7-1 annihilation of Blackburn so Wenger may not make any changes at all.
  • Aaron Ramsey was dropped to the bench last weekend and Tomas Rosicky is likely to continue in his place.

Prediction

  • There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger will have been happy to see Sunderland's midweek cup replay go to extra time and fatigue will certainly play its part on the home side who have worked so hard for O'Neill since his arrival.
  • Games between Arsenal and Sunderland have traditionally been extremely tight, with just 8 goals scored between the sides in their last 6 encounters (Arsenal 5, Sunderland 3) so an under 2.5 goal bet should be tempting.
  • In terms of form over the last 6 matches, Sunderland lead the league with 5 wins in their last 6, while Arsenal have picked up less than half of their opponent's points tally in that time (15 - 7), but their morale will be through the roof after last week's thrashing of Blackburn.
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Comments (5)

 
  • go gunners! let's keep the momentum for the champions league match in milan. i just hope that we end the game with no injures, 3 points, and a good performance! come on lads!

  • I definitely don't think Turner and O'shea have what it takes to stop RVP in full flow...

  • All eyes on McClean and Oxlade-Chamberlain tomorrow! Both have a real chance to impress going up against Coquelin (or a match-lacking Sagna) and Bardsley, the game is theirs for the taking.

  • I can't agree with you Yoshi. Yes the black cats are doing extremely well, but you've got a near full strength Arsenal side playing a fairly stretched Sunderland team. I think having players like Ramsey and Sagna on the bench could mean Arsenal just have a bit more to offer

  • Sunderland are flying under O'neill and I don't think the gunners will have what it takes to break them down away from home.

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