Our treble for the best of Tuesday's top-flight action includes positive results for Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal (19:30)
Nottingham Forest have improved under Nuno Espirito Santo, losing just two of their seven matches with the Portuguese at the helm and recording notable wins away to Newcastle and at home to Manchester United along the way.
That 2-1 success over the Red Devils highlights a trend for Forest since their promotion to the Premier League in 2022, as 42 of their subsequent 58 top-flight points have been earned at the City Ground.
That run includes last season’s 1-0 home win over Arsenal, which was Forest’s third-straight success against the Gunners at the City Ground.
Arsenal did snap a run of one win in seven at home to Crystal Palace last time out, but they remain inconsistent on their travels, winning just three of their last 11 road games, adding further credence to Forest’s chances of taking something from this contest.
Luton v Brighton (19:45)
This will be a clash between two in-form sides as Luton have lost just once in seven across league and cup, while Brighton are on a six-game unbeaten run.
After a tough start to the season, Luton certainly appear to have adjusted to life in the Premier League and they are beginning to make Kenilworth Road a tough place to go.
Since the start of November they have beaten Crystal Palace and Newcastle, drawn with Liverpool and only been edged out by the odd goal by Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea at the venue.
Brighton will provide another stern test for Rob Edwards’ side, with the visiting Seagulls having scored nine goals across their last two away fixtures, both of which came in the FA Cup against Stoke and Sheffield United.
With both sides in form, this may turn out to be an entertaining draw that will extend their respective impressive runs.
Aston Villa v Newcastle (20:15)
No team has picked up more points on home soil in the Premier League than Aston Villa this season, with Unai Emery’s side having won nine and drawn one of their 10 top-flight matches at Villa Park during 2023/24.
Extend that record back further and Villa have won 16 of their last 17 home league games and they can add to that against a Newcastle side that have triumphed in just one away match in the top-flight this season.
The Magpies will take heart from recent FA Cup wins at Sunderland and Fulham, while they have scored two or more goals in each of their last four matches.
With Villa having only kept two clean sheets in their last nine league games at Villa Park, both teams will expect to score, but it is hard to see beyond the hosts extending their near-perfect home record.
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