Premier League: Arsenal needs 3 points against West Brom and Newcastle against Fulham

05/04/2013 no comments »
Premier League: Arsenal needs 3 points against West Brom and Newcastle against Fulham

This week will see Arsenal travel to The Hawthorns. The Gunners desperatly need 3 points in order to overtake Chelsea and secure a Champions League spot. Newcastle will host Fulham on Sunday.

West Brom vs Arsenal on Saturday, April 6th at 3pm

Having started off the season in terrific form, West Brom’s campaign has lost momentum in recent weeks meaning their chance of finishing in 4th position, and gaining entry into the Champion’s League, is no longer in contention. Top scorer Romelu Lukaku has been highly influential throughout West Brom’s Premier League campaign and will certainly be an important player for Arsenal to look out for. The on-loan Chelsea striker’s 13 goals so far have put him in the top 10 goalscorers in the league up to now. West Brom will want this form to continue up until the end of his loan deal. Arsenal go into their game against West Brom having won 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches, putting them second in the form charts, only behind leaders Manchester United. Having forced their way back amongst the pack at the top of the league, Arsenal find themselves currently occupying 5th, only 2 points off Chelsea who currently sit in 4th. Two players that have had a major influence on Arsenal turning around their season have been Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott. The two players have contributed 12 and 11 goals respectively. When the sides met at the Emirates stadium in December 2012, Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners thanks to a double from Mikel Arteta.

Newcastle vs Fulham on Sunday, April 7th at 3pm

In recent weeks Newcastle United have been dragged back into a relegation dog fight that seems to grow even closer on a week by week basis. Back to back defeats against Manchester City and Wigan Athletic in the last two games looks to have pulled Alan Pardew’s injury riddled squad into a relegation battle that nobody really saw coming. They currently sit 15th in the league, just 3 points above 18th placed Aston Villa. Fulham, on the other hand, all but secured their place in the Premier League next season with a 3-2 victory over QPR on Monday night. That win gave the cottagers a 9 point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, seemingly ensuring their survival. Fulham have only lost once in their last 6 games putting them 5th in the current Premier League form charts. When the two sides met at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, Fulham won 2-1 courtesy of goals from Steve Sidwell and Hugo Rodallega.

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