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Arsenal target first away win of 2018 as Liverpool travel to the John Smith’s stadium

Sead Kolasinac was on terget for the Gunners when they defeated Swansea 2-1 early this season.

Swansea City vs Arsenal
Liberty Stadium
10:45pm
Referee: Lee Mason

Arsenal will travel to the Liberty stadium in Wales searching for their first three points on the road since the turn of the year.

The Gunners have so far failed to win away to West Brom and Bournemouth with whom they drew 1-1 and lost 1-2 respectively this calendar year.

The build up to the Swansea game has been dominated by news that a deal has been struck between the North Londoners and German side Borrusia Dortmund over the potential signing of Gabonese captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang by Arsenal but new recruite Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be hoping that he can make his debut for Arsene Wenger’s side after sealing a move from Manchester United last week.

The gunners will still be without Danny Welback and Santi Cazorla who are still out injured but French striker Olivier Giroud who is also subject to speculation linking him to rivals Chelsea has recovered from a Hamstring injury and is fit to play if called upon.

Swansea will be without Renato Sanchez who suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup draw at Notts County but defender Federico Fernandez has recovered from a Nose injury sustained in the same fixture and expected to play today.

The appointment of Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal has seen Swansea build momentum of late and have lost only one of the seven matches he has been at the helm.

With Arsenal’s inconsistency coupled by Swansea’s recent resurgence, it will be a mouth watering fixture when from the start but the fact that Arsenal have won all the last three fixtures between the two sides including a 2-1 win at the Emirates earlier this season, the Gunners will be confident they can get the desired three points to improve their Champions League aspirations.

Hammers’ captain Mark Noble is one of two players returning when West Ham host Palace tonight.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace
London Stadium
10:45pm
Neil Swarbrick

West ham and crystal Palace are two teams that have got their fair share of injury issues with many first team players in the treatment room coming into this game.

West Ham are expected to give new signing Joao Mario his debut tonight but will still be without Pedro Obiang, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carrol, Jose Fonte and Edmilson Fernandes for the game.

The good news for the Hammers is that Captain Mark Noble and Michel Antonio will be returning from injury but Arthur Maswaku who is on a six match ban is still unavailable.

For Palace, they will be boosted by the return I the trip of Muhamadou Sakho, Joel Ward and Yohan Cabaye but will still be without Jeffery Schulupp and Ruben Loftus-Cheek plus new signings Erdal Rapik and Jaroslaw Jach.

With eleven teams still likely to be in the relegation fight this season, the matches between those teams may prove pivotal in the race to remain in the lucrative Premier league.

Tuesday’s encounter between The Hammers and Palace is one of those game as the teams are separated by only a point.

West Ham come into the fixture having not lost in any of their last five meetings with Palace but have won at home only once in the last five against Roy Hodgson’s men.

With the other teams in the dog fight keeping close tabs with the proceedings at the London stadium, non of the two will want to go from the meeting empty handed meaning that a thriller may be on the cards tonight.

Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool
John Smith’s Stadium
11:00Pm
Referee:

Liverpool head into their first top flight meeting at Huddersfield Town for the first in 46 years on the back of two successive loses in all competitions and with fears of losing two consecutive league games this seasons.

Jurgen Klopp’s team lots their last league game 1-0 at Swansea before a humiliating 3-2 elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of lowly West Bromwich Albion.

Having spent £75 million on Van Dirjk at the start of the year, Liverpool’s defensive issues seem far from sorted as the team has conceded five goals in the three games the Dutch captain has started.

Van Dirjk has so far failed to cub Liverpool’s defensive issues

Huddersfield will hope to take advantage in the recent bad form exhibited by Liverpool as David Wagner’s men look to end a run of six games without a win and losing three in the process.

Huddersfield may have to do without midfielder Danny Williams who was substituted on Saturday in their FA Cup draw with Birmingham City carrying a dead leg but Terence Kongolo is expected to feature after overcoming a slight knock.

Liverpool will still n without defender Ragner Klavan and midfielder Adam Lallana who are still injured but are boosted by the fact that captain Jordan Henderson played close to 30 minutes against West Brom on the weekend and is likely to start tonight.

The romantics between Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner will have to be out on hold for 90 minutes as both team seek three points for different reasons.

The Kops seem to re-ignite their Champions league spot push as Huddersfield who are only two points above relegation seek to boost their chances of survival.

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