Newcastle United v Arsenal
This match has all the makings of a great game. Newcastle and Arsenal stats suggest this game could have goals and lots of free flowing attacking football. It is 2nd vs 3rd in the league and it will be a great atmosphere at St James’ Park. Newcastle have historically struggled against Arsenal, losing 8 of their last 10 head to heads but there will be a confident mood around Newcastle going into this match. This match looks to have great potential for bet builders with a 3.2/1 bet builder linked below.
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Newcastle’s Magpies soaring towards top 4 finish
Newcastle have the opportunity to edge even closer to guaranteeing a place in the Champions League here but they will have to overcome tough opposition. Newcastle are in formidable form, they have won 8 of their last 9 matches only losing away at Aston Villa. St James Park has always been a tough place to go to, but combine the incredible atmosphere with an improved squad and you can see why only Liverpool have beaten them there in all competitions this season.
Key to their recent form has been Alexander Isak, the Swede has 10 goals and 1 assist in 17 appearances but his ridiculous run which saw him set up Jacob Murphy’s goal against Everton really showcased his talent. Newcastle as a team are on great goalscoring form, they have scored 20 goals in their last 6 games, backing them for goals seems the way to go with any Newcastle bet builder.
Newcastle United Team News
Newcastle are still without Jamaal Lascelles and Emil Krafth however these are not major misses for them. Allan Saint-Maximin and Sean Longstaff are expected to be fit but will likely come off the bench rather than starting but this bolsters Newcastle’s squad and allows them great options off the bench.
They are both likely to be subbed on though so backing players who play in their positions in a Newcastle bet builder may have some added risk, as they are likely to come off.
Arteta looks to get Gunners firing again
Arsenal got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Chelsea in midweek but the title still seems like it will be a step too far for this season. Arsenal will be keen to put as much pressure as possible on Manchester City to take advantage of any slip ups but the pressure of the title race seems to have been lifted off the players’ shoulders now.
Arsenal have only won 1 of their last 5 matches and there is still that background feeling that a lead isn’t entirely safe with them after previously throwing away 2 goal leads against West Ham and Liverpool. Backing Arsenal to win matches is a risky move at the moment and the bookies odds for this match reflect the fact that they think it will be a tough game for Arsenal to go and win.
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal have added centre back struggles after their match against Chelsea, Gabriel went off with a knock and will have to pass a late fitness test if he is to start here. Rob Holding was dropped from the Arsenal team in their last match in favour of Jakub Kiwior and I expect Kiwior to keep his place after what seemed to be a well rounded performance.
William Saliba is still injured and doesn’t seem to be close to being back yet so if Gabriel is unfit then Arsenal’s centre back pairing will have to be Jakub Kiwior and Rob Holding together. Throughout the rest of the squad Arsenal have very few injury worries and can start their strongest starting eleven, but it has already been shown how much of a difference missing Saliba can make.
Newcastle United v Arsenal Cheat Sheet
With this game having plenty riding on it for both teams, we should expect a high intensity game, which usually means fouls and cards are the place to go. Martin Odegaard versus Joelinton looks like it could be a battle to keep your eyes on. Joelinton commits more fouls, and has plenty of cards, but Odegaard will have to deal with both him and Bruno Guimaraes, who draw the first and third most fouls per 90 of any Newcastle player.
Bruno gets booked much less than Joelinton, but is no stranger to a foul, so this could also be a good angle for your Newcastle United v Arsenal bet builder. Alexander Isak and Gabriel Jesus are both averaging just under 2 shots on target per 90, so either one could be a good pick for 2+ shots on target if you expect a game with plenty of chances.
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Newcastle United v Arsenal
Newcastle are in excellent form, they have won 8 of their last 9 matches. At home this season they have lost just once and that was to Liverpool when Pope was sent off, with 11 men on the pitch they are very tough to beat.
Arsenal have struggled since the injury to Saliba and their win in their last match is their only win in 5. They have struggled away from home recently as well where they have won just 3 of their last 9 matches.
When the teams played in January, with Arsenal in red hot form, Newcastle held them to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.
Thomas Partey was left out the starting eleven in midweek but I expect him to return here to help protect Arsenal’s defence against one of the best counter-attacking teams in the league right now. Since Saliba’s injury Partey has played a slightly deeper role, leading to an increase in his foul counts.
He averages 1.35 fouls per 90 this season but has committed 2 or more fouls in all 4 of his last starts. Newcastle are very strong at counter attacking and have a huge number of players that can draw fouls from Partey such as Wilson, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin and Almiron who all draw over 1 foul per 90.
Newcastle average 7.09 corners per 90, the most of any team in the league. Newcastle have been sensational in their last 3 matches and their corner numbers reflect this, they had 9 against Spurs, 11 against Southampton and 14 against Everton.
Arsenal concede 3.56 corners per 90 and conceded 7 corners recently against West Ham. When they played each other at the Emirates Newcastle had 5 corners, with Newcastle at home this time they should be good enough to have at least 5 corners again, if not more.
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