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Battle on the backside

Brentford and Luton followers, that is the state of affairs you might be in.

So, if the Bees win tonight they will go above Crystal Palace in 14th, doubtlessly placing a spot between them and the underside three.

In Luton’s case, it’s unlikely even with a win they are going to be out of the underside three, however it will imply they go stage on factors with Nottingham Forest.

All to play for.

How it stands on the high

After Liverpool’s win on the weekend and the draw between Arsenal and Manchester City, that is how the highest of the desk appears to be like tonight.

Come the top of the night time, Arsenal may very well be again on the summit. I feel all of us anticipate that they are going to be.

Brighton might presumably rise to seventh with a win at Brentford of their battle for European soccer. There is loads at stake.

The desk is altering on daily basis at this fee.

Mikel Arteta: ‘Saka hasn’t been capable of do the whole lot we would have liked for him to begin’

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal supervisor, chatting with TNT Sports:

He [Bukayo Saka] needed to come off in opposition to Man City feeling one thing and he hasn’t been capable of do the whole lot that we would have liked to provide him the prospect to begin. So we have now determined to not play him.

First league begin of the season for Nelson

I puzzled if Mikel Arteta would rotate his squad, and he has.

The Arsenal boss has determined to make 5 modifications, a kind of being Reiss Nelson, who is available in to make his first league begin of the season.

Nelson may cause harm when he desires to, he scored some large objectives final season.

within the absence of Bukayo Saka, he has to step up.

LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal during a training session at Sobha Realty Training Centre on April 02, 2024 in London Colney, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Title-race run in

You can’t take your eyes off this Premier League title race for one second.

Yes, I’ll admit, Sunday’s top-of-the-table conflict didn’t stay as much as the hype, however the outcome nonetheless left the highest three extraordinarily shut.

Arsenal are the primary workforce in motion tonight, earlier than Manchester City face Aston Villa at 8.15pm and Liverpool play Sheffield United at Anfield tomorrow.

Looking on the run-in, who do you suppose will win the Premier League title?

Last Time Out: Rice last-gasp header downs Luton in seven-goal thriller

I bear in mind vividly watching Declan Rice leap above the Luton defence and saying ‘goal’ earlier than he even laid his head on the fabric of the ball. I do know, it’s a particular expertise I’ve.

Wild celebrations then ensued within the Arsenal away finish at Kenilworth Road. At that point, I assumed that it may very well be the Gunners’ 12 months. It simply felt like they’d that mentality that they lacked final marketing campaign. I nonetheless really feel that now.

It was a sensational recreation. One second you thought Arsenal might batter Luton, the subsequent it appeared just like the Hatters had accomplished a memorable comeback.

In the top, Declan Rice confirmed what he was made from by securing a 4-3 win within the closing minute of stoppage time.

It was a Premier League basic. It could be nice for the impartial if tonight was the identical.

LUTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Declan Rice of Arsenal scores the team's fourth goal in the last minute of added time to win the match 4-3 during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Arsenal FC at Kenilworth Road on December 05, 2023 in Luton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LUTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Declan Rice of Arsenal celebrates victory with teammate Gabriel after defeating Luton Town 4-3 with a last minute winner during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Arsenal FC at Kenilworth Road on December 05, 2023 in Luton, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Brentford’s leaky defence

I feel it’s truthful to say, it’s not been the most effective of seasons for Brentford.

We are used to seeing them punch above their weight – they even fought for a spot in Europe final season – however perhaps now they’re within the place that ought to be anticipated of them.

Still, I’ve to say that their defence has been extraordinarily poor at occasions this season. Thomas Frank’s aspect have conceded in every of their final seven league matches.

Marry that up with Brighton’s attacking effectivity and you’ve got a recipe for catastrophe – in case you’re a Brentford fan.

I suppose which means we will anticipate objectives… I hope.

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Thomas Frank claims ‘would have lost faith in the football gods’ if Brentford did not equalise in opposition to Man United

Aadam Patel, Mail Sport, on the GTech Community Stadium:

In his programme notes, Thomas Frank says he ‘would have lost faith in the football gods’ if his Brentford aspect did not equalise in opposition to Manchester United on Saturday and added that Brentford ‘destroyed’ United.His aspect stay unchanged for the go to of Brighton tonight

Brighton Line-Up – Pedro STARTS

Well then, Joao Pedro is trusted from the beginning.

The Brazilian is certainly one of 4 modifications to Roberto De Zerbi’s aspect that misplaced at Anfield on Sunday.

Adam Lallana additionally is available in, whereas Igor Julio and Facundo Buonanotte are each in from the beginning.

Brentford Starting XI – Bees unchanged

Unsurprisingly, Brentford are unchanged.

They had been good in opposition to Manchester United the opposite night time, so if they will play something like that, you are feeling a win is coming their means.

It means Bryan Mbuemo stays on the bench although.

Luton Town Team News – THREE modifications

There is a few constructive damage information for Luton, Alfie Doughty is match sufficient to begin.

It’s a giant day for midfielder Fred Onyedinma as he makes his first Premier League begin – what a spot to make it.

Daiki Hashioka and Jordan Clark begin as soon as once more. Tahith Chong, who scored at Spurs is barely match sufficient for the bench.

Arsenal Team News – Saka OUT

There is our reply.

Bukayo Saka is on the Emirates, however he won’t be concerned tonight. I feel he has earned the remaining.

Declan Rice has additionally been rested and can take a spot on the bench.

Reiss Nelson makes his first begin of the season, whereas Emile Smith Rowe, Leandro Trossard, Reiss Nelson, and Oleksandr Zinchenko all begin.

Arsenal arrive on the Emirates

The Gunners are within the constructing.

Bukayo Saka has been noticed coming off the workforce bus, will he characteristic this night?

We will discover out in lower than 5 minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Leandro Trossard and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal arrive at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Luton Town at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Birthday celebrations in retailer for Jesus?

While Easter Sunday would have been the right day for Gabriel Jesus to mark his return to the beginning line-up with a purpose, his birthday wouldn’t be a nasty time to get again within the objectives.

Jesus celebrates his twenty seventh birthday immediately and has a earlier historical past of netting on his birthday. The Brazilian striker netted in a 2-0 win over Leicester City for his former membership Manchester City in 2021.

If Jesus scores tonight, he’ll grow to be the primary participant in Premier League historical past to attain a purpose on his birthday for 2 completely different golf equipment.

I really like these stats. I actually hope he options now.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal celebrates their goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal FC at City Ground on January 30, 2024 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Forest type will increase stress on Luton

When Nottingham Forest had been handed a four-point deduction after breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability guidelines, it meant Luton leaped above them and out of the relegation zone.

However, it hasn’t taken lengthy for the Hatters to fall again into 18th place. After the defeat to Spurs, and with Forest selecting up 4 factors from a attainable six, Luton look in actual hazard.

Not all hope is misplaced although. Rob Edwards’ aspect have scored in 18 successive matches, and in the event that they proceed to take action for the remainder of the season, they are going to be within the battle till the very finish.

Their activity to remain up will get no simpler with their journey to the Emirates tonight.

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Joao Pedro’s return

Brighton will lastly have their high scorer again tonight.

Joao Pedro has netted 19 occasions in all competitions for the Seagulls however has been out since early February by means of damage.

Roberto De Zerbi mentioned yesterday that he ‘hadn’t determined’ how a lot time Pedro will get on the pitch immediately. Either means, it is excellent news for Brighton followers that he’s again within the squad.

Will he be in from the beginning although?

Time to provide Saka a relaxation?

I’ve heard many Arsenal followers calling for Mikel Arteta to relaxation Bukayo Saka tonight, in addition to many different first-teamers.

Saka has solely missed one league match within the final three seasons, which means he has featured in 104 out of a attainable 105 league video games.

The 22-year-old hobbled off in opposition to Manchester City on the weekend, and though Mikel Arteta has acknowledged he’s ‘fine’, tonight may very well be the right alternative to provide Saka some much-needed relaxation.

Luton may very well be with out 13 gamers themselves, so shall be a far cry from full power. Maybe it’s time for Arteta to belief a few of his fringe gamers to get the job carried out.

It shall be attention-grabbing to see how Arsenal line up.

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Brighton to finish London shedding streak?

It’s truthful to say Brighton haven’t loved their journeys to the capital this season.

Roberto De Zerbi’s aspect have visited London six occasions this marketing campaign, not coming away with a win from any of them.

This may very well be a great alternative to alter that report and Brentford are winless of their final 4 house video games have solely received three out of their final 19 league video games.

This might imply we might simply be in for a draw although…

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Jack Hinshelwood of Brighton & Hove Albion scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford FC at American Express Community Stadium on December 06, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Gunners seeking to shoot down Reds from high with win over Luton

Arsenal have the prospect to leap again above Liverpool tonight, who don’t play till tomorrow.

The Gunners are again in motion on the Emirates as they face Luton, in what on paper would appear like an easy night for them. However, matches in a title race are by no means easy.

I bear in mind sitting down to observe Arsenal face a relegation-threatened Southampton at house final season, they usually wanted two late objectives to salvage a degree.

It should be famous that the Gunners are a lot stronger this season although. I totally anticipate them to make an announcement tonight.

Having mentioned that, Luton are in determined want of three factors of their hunt for survival. Which is what makes this match so attention-grabbing.

I’m certain Liverpool and Nottingham Forest followers shall be watching.

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What we have now in retailer

London is the focus for our two 7.30pm video games tonight.

Both the highest and backside shall be affected by what occurs within the capital this night, so let’s take a look on the fixtures we’re bringing you on this stay weblog:

  • Arsenal vs Luton 19:30 BST
  • Brentford vs Brighton 19:30 BST
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The title race continues…

A lens shall be zoomed in on the highest of the desk tonight.

The matches are coming thick and quick, Arsenal have already got the chance to return to the highest of the desk tonight after they relinquished their spot on the summit on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brighton shall be aiming to keep away from a fifth successive away defeat as they journey to Brentford. I do know, I used to be shocked once I learn this stat too.

Nothing is ever easy this time of the season, and that’s why I like it. So, anticipate the sudden.

Will Arsenal be sitting fairly on the high of the tree for twenty-four hours, minimal? Can Brentford construct on their efficiency in opposition to Manchester United?

Let’s get into the motion.

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Gtech Community Stadium on April 03, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
Key Updates

  • How it stands on the high
  • Brighton Line-Up – Pedro STARTS
  • Brentford Starting XI – Bees unchanged
  • Luton Town Team News – THREE modifications
  • Arsenal Team News – Saka OUT
  • What we have now in retailer
  • The title race continues…