The City Ground in Nottingham will host the giant Arsenal on Sunday 7 January. The Gunners will face Nottingham in their first appearance in the 2017/2018 edition of the FA Cup. The match is worth the third round of the world’s oldest tournament. The beginning is scheduled for 14h (Brasília time).
The competition has a different regulation. If there is a winner, the setting takes place in a single game. If the confrontation ends tied a new meeting will be held, but this time with inverted field control. This rule, called a replay, is not valid for the second game. Even if you have to resort to the 30-minute overtime and penalty shootout, she will reveal the survivor in the cup dispute.
The recent performance of Nottingham
The Nottihgham, which contests the Championship, will also make its debut in the competition. The playoff period for the end of 2017 and the beginning of the new year was not one of the best for the team, which was unable to win even a win between December 16 and January 1. There were five matches with two draws and three defeats.
Thus, their struggle to try to return to the elite division of English football was compromised. With 32 points (ten games, two draws and 14 losses), the team occupies the fourteenth position. The Second Division guarantees only the top two places a direct place in the Premier League. This small block is closed by the Derby, which has 17 points more than Nottingham.
There is also a second possibility of increasing division. The third and final wave is played in a playoff that counts with the teams that complete the 46 rounds established by the table between the third and sixth place. After 26 games, the group is closed by Leeds, which has 11 points more than Nottingham.
current form of Arsenal
Arsenal have an unbeaten run of nine games. It is not, however, a list that can excite fans. It was five draws and four wins. Equality was the result of the most recent game.
On Wednesday, January 3, at home, the Gunners were 2-2 with Chelsea. They took the lead on the scoreboard, took the turn and managed to score another point in the English Championship with a goal in the final minutes of the match.
It was not enough, however, to put the Arsenal in the zone of classification for European tournaments. With 39 points (11 wins, six draws and five losses), the team occupies the sixth place in the English Championship. The difference for Tottenham, fifth placed, is two points.
It is quite likely that in the face of the weakness of the opponent Arsène Wenger put a team almost entirely formed by reserves on Sunday. After all, next Wednesday, January 10, the team will once again have Chelsea ahead. This time the game is eliminatory. Worth a place in the semifinals of the League Cup. In addition, it will be held at Stamford Bridge, home of the rival.
In addition, the coach has to deal with a number of limitations to set the team that are imposed by bruises. Defender Sead Kolasinac (17 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, one goal), Laurent Koscielny (18 matches, no goal) and Nacho Monreal (19 matches, two goals) are in the medical department; the socks Aaron Ramsey (15 games, three goals) and Granit Xhaka (22 games, one goal); and striker Olivier Giroud (15 games, four goals).
History of the bouts between Nottingham and Arsenal
The teams had only one confrontation throughout history. It was in the 2016/2017 edition of the League Cup of England. As a visitor, Arsenal thrashed by 4 to 0 and advanced in the competition.
Arsenal’s reserves were good enough to lead the team to the second round of the Europa League and the semifinals of the League Cup. Thus, even acting out of home appear as the best option for this Sunday’s showdown with a price of 1.50 in Rivalo. Tie pays 4.00 and success of the constituents yields 6.00 per invested real.