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Sunday Preview: Arsenal to bring Nottingham Forest back down to earth

Original article published 29 October 2022

After a manic few weeks in the Premier League due to midweek schedules and European fixtures, there are only two games planned on Sunday afternoon.

Even though there is a more relaxed feel to proceedings, neutrals could be in for an entertaining few hours as Arsenal host Nottingham Forest at 14:00, while West Ham United travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United at 16:15. 

Gunners can continue title charge

WhatArsenal v Nottingham Forest
WhereEmirates Stadium, London
When14:00, Sunday 30th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsArsenal 1/5, Draw 6/1, Nottm Forest 11/1

Even though Arsenal showed signs of progress under Mikel Arteta last season, very few, if any, of the Gunners' fans would have expected them to challenge for the title this year. The Gunners looked destined to return to the Champions League, but a dramatic drop in form saw them settle for the Europa League, allowing Tottenham to swoop in during the final few months of the campaign. Arsenal have not let that trouble them, though, and they are currently Manchester City's main rival. 

The two teams have jostled for supremacy at the top of the table, while Forest have done the same at the opposite end. Steve Cooper's side are rock bottom of the Premier League, but at least that is only down to goal difference. Forest showed heart last week and deserved to beat Liverpool 1-0 at the City Ground, but the Reds are struggling, whereas Arsenal are at the top of their game. 

Cooper's side do have the added advantage of having a break since their win over the Reds, while Arsenal were beaten in the Europa League on Thursday by PSV Eindhoven. Marquinhos and Gabriel are doubts after that 2-0 defeat in the Netherlands, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to watch from the stands alongside Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny. Nottingham's Forest quartet Jack Colback, Moussa Niakhate, Omar Richards and Harry Toffolo are all set to miss out, but midfielder Lewis O'Brien could be involved after missing the previous three matches with illness. 

Arsenal are now without a win in two matches, but at home, they have proven unstoppable in all competitions. Arteta's side have won every game at the Emirates Stadium this season, while Forest have only scored one goal in six matches away from home. That form is too hard to ignore, and a home win to nil appeals at 10/11

Hammers to push the Red Devils all the way

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WhatManchester United v West Ham
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When16:15, Sunday 30th October 2022
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
OddsMan Utd 4/6, Draw 3/1, West Ham 19/5

Manchester United will hope to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight matches when they face West Ham at home on Sunday. Erik ten Hag has got United ticking along nicely, and they have only conceded one goal in their previous five matches. Their 2-0 win over Tottenham was followed up by a 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend, but the Red Devils will be put through their paces by West Ham. 

David Moyes' side have won successive matches in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet against Bournemouth and Silkeborg. However, with Jarrod Bowen an injury doubt due to an ankle injury, West Ham may struggle to get a result in Lancashire. Bowen could join Lucas Paqueta, Craig Dawson and Maxwel Cornet on the sidelines, and while they have what it takes to keep things tight, they should come unstuck on their travels. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is available again for United, while both Harry Maguire and Donny van de Beek made their comebacks in the 3-0 win over Sheriff in the Europa League on Thursday. Old Trafford is not usually a happy hunting ground for the Hammers, with West Ham picking up just three points in their last 14 league visits to the "Theatre of Dreams". 

United are 7/4 to win to nil, while they are also available at the same price to succeed in the half-time/full-time market. Since losing 1-0 to Real Sociedad in September, Ten Hag's side have gone four matches without defeat at Old Trafford, keeping a clean sheet in every contest.

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