Our prediction for this Premier League match:
High-flying Arsenal will look to move one step closer to winning their first Premier League trophy since 2004 when they take on Brighton at Amex Stadium on Matchday 18. The Gunners extending their winning run to four games on Boxing Day, with the team coming from behind to beat West Ham 3-1, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Mikel Arteta is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed the Hammers, but both Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson remain on the sidelines with injuries. Meanwhile, the Seagulls proved their worth in a 3-1 win at Southampton, and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is out of contention due to personal reasons, while both Moder and Welbeck are sidelined with injuries. Moises Caicedo is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.