Arsenal v Blues Match Preview

Last updated : 30 April 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

History of the Arsenal v Birmingham City fixture

Blues face Arsenal at Highbury at lunchtime on Saturday, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Blues will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them taste defeat on 37 occassions, and draw 18, from the 60 games played.

The last recent encounter between these two sides at Highbury was on the opening day of last season, in August 2002, when Arsenal ran out comfortable 2 - 0 winners in a Premiership match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Sat 22 NovBirmingham City0 - 3ArsenalPREM
2002/2003Sun 12 JanBirmingham City0 - 4ArsenalPREM
2002/2003Sun 18 AugArsenal2 - 0Birmingham CityPREM
1997/1998Tue 14 OctArsenal4 - 1Birmingham CityLC
1985/1986Sat 03 MayBirmingham City0 - 1ArsenalDIV1
1985/1986Sat 30 NovArsenal0 - 0Birmingham CityDIV1
1983/1984Mon 23 AprBirmingham City1 - 1ArsenalDIV1

Recent respective form guides

Arsenal have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 15 goals for the Gunners, with 6 goals against.

In complete contrast to Arsenal, Blues are having a torrid time on their travels, collecting just 4 draws from the last six contests. While the Blues have hit 8 goals, 12 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Arsenal are currently sitting proudly at the top of the entire league, having collected 82 points from the 34 games played. They can't be caught and are this seasons Barclaycard Premiership title winners.

Blues' 48 points from 35 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position.

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Current form guides:PWDLFA
Birmingham City613299

Prediction ...

The Gunners have yet to be beaten in the league so far this season, and as the Blues have been none too clever on the road in recent matches I can't see them spoiling the party at Highbury. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Arsenal5 games since last home draw.
Unbeaten run of 4 matches.
Birmingham CityNot won in previous 10 away matches.
Drawn each of the last 2 games.
No win in the 5 most recent games.

Ref Watch

Tring official Graham Poll is the man in the middle at Highbury .. click here