Newcastle United are on the brink of Champions League football for over a decade and Eddie Howe is doing an amazing job right now as Manager. The team is playing superb football, especially at home and this will bring back some bad memories for Arsenal, who lost 3-0 at St James’ Park last season to miss out on Champions League football.
With Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson both in fine form, they can cause Arsenal plenty of problems as The Gunners look to hold onto their slim Premier League title hopes. Adding to Isak and Wilson, you have Joelinton and Murphy, who will be looking to add to their goal tally this season on Sunday afternoon.
After a slow start at home to Southampton, Newcastle woke up 2nd half to win 3-1 and the previous home game they blitzed Spurs in the first 25 minutes going 5-0 up. In between this, a 4-1 away win at Everton showed Newcastle are a team in superb form.
For Arsenal, they got back to winning ways in midweek against Chelsea with a fine 3-1 win. Two goals from skipper Martin Odegaard helped Arsenal restore pride after no wins in 4 games and give them a small glimmer of hope that the title challenge hasn’t ended.
Unfortunately for Arsenal the crucial loss of centre back William Saliba has seen them 12 goals in their last 5 games and with the injury to Gabriel as well, Arsenal may have a makeshift centre back pairing of Kiwor and Holding, which plays right into the hands of a thirsty home side, who will be looking to put down a marker for next season.
In front of goal Arsenal don’t have many problems with Martinelli, Saka, Jesus and Odegaard all chomping at the bit to add to their tally this season and should Newcastlel leave the door open, then these young Gunners will capitalise.
It promises to be filled with goals, unlike the game at the Emirates, with both sides looking to attack and with Arsenal especially looking vulnerable at the back, Newcastle may well have some joy.
|Newcastle United||7/5 Paddy Power|
|Draw||11/4 William Hill|
Punters Pub Best Bet –
We’re liking the goal markets at Punters.pub in this match as both sides will be looking to go out to win. With Arsenal still holding slim title hopes, they will have to play aggressive and look to continue their fine attacking form this season. Scoring 11 in their last 5 games, The Gunners know this is a must win game if they are going to put any pressure on Manchester City for the title and this could well open the game up.
However, for Arsenal, stopping the opponents scoring has been a huge problem recently and with both first choice centre backs likely to be out, it could be a long afternoon for Holding and Kiwor, if that is the pairing that Arteta chooses in this one.
The last place you want to come, bar Etihad Stadium, is to Newcastle, as they are flying home. Scoring 9 goals in their last two home games and full of confidence, they will be on the front foot from the opening whistle.
One other key stat to note is that Arsenal’s last 7 matches have all delivered over 3.5 goals and this is our Punters.pub bet of the day as we’re going with over 3.5 goals in Newcastle v Arsenal at 13/8 with Bet365.
A couple of speculative correct scores would be 2-2 at 12/1 with Bet365 and 3-3 at 40/1. Expect this game to take off from the first minute and be entertained.