Arsenal v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Newcastle United

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Sunday, February 16, 2020


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

In recent times Arsenal have dominated this fixture winning the last three and losing just once in their last 16 meetings. However Newcaste have proven to be more than adept at maintaining their shape and discipline which could make it difficult for the Gunners. We are looking to back the under 2.5 goals market with Bet365 which has been generously priced at 11/10 and this should represent cashout opportunities if the game does open up. Newcastle are also likely to be under pressure for most of the game and backing over 1.5 cards for the Magpies at 8/13 is also a good shout.

Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates as both teams come into this game sitting equally on 31 points. The difference in perception of both team’s ambitions remains stark as Arsenal will still believe they can qualify for Europe while Newcastle will be looking to get to the 40 point mark to reduce their risk of relegation. Will one team put daylight over the other or will they remain locked on points come the end of the game?

Arsenal’s form coming into this game has been patchy but there are definitie signs the Gunners are starting to warm to Mikel Arteta’s approach. The side has drawn their last four Premier League games but the performances have been much improved since the departure of Unai Emery and there is a clear desire and increase in energy whenever they take to the field. This was best illustrated in their 2-2 draw away at Chelsea where they came back twice from being down and playing 75 minutes of the game with 10 men after David Luiz was sent off. Arteta certainly knows that improvements can be made and he will have one eye on the summer, but the effort and display from the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Pepe bodes well for the future. The challenge still remains as to how he fits Mesut Ozil into the side and get him creating chances for the front three without upsetting the balance in midfield. Creativity has been an issue when the midfield line is comprised of Torreira, Guendouzi and Xhaka, with the German possessing great ability but not delivering consistently for his team.. Arteta will feel that with the likes of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Pepe he has enough quality to get through to the end of the season and perform well, after which assessments for next season can be made.

Newcastle have been solid if not spectacular in recent times and no losses in their last eight competitive games shows that the team are on the right track. They have managed to pull away from the relegation zone and now have a seven point gap with the whole team pitching in to help get results. The Longstaff brothers have proven to be a calming influence in midfield, especially in the absence of Jonjo Shelvey with Allan Saint-Maximin’s pace being the key factor in getting Newcastle up the pitch. The form of Joelinton continues to be a concern and his inability to hold up the ball and bring others into play has hindered their ability to turn some draws into wins, but Steve Bruce will be pleased with how they have stuck to their task over the season.

In team news Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka with Reiss Nelson definitely out with a hamstring. However Sead Kolasinac is expected to be fit to help plug the gap at left-back.

Steve Bruce has issues of his own as Jack Colback and Paul Dummett are both out and forwards Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are doubts having picked up knocks against Oxford United. Andy Carroll, Jetro Willems, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Jonjo Shelvey are also all out but Yoshinori Muto could return.

Punter's Pick

In recent times Arsenal have dominated this fixture winning the last three and losing just once in their last 16 meetings. However Newcaste have proven to be more than adept at maintaining their shape and discipline which could make it difficult for the Gunners. We are looking to back the under 2.5 goals market with Bet365 which has been generously priced at 11/10 and this should represent cashout opportunities if the game does open up. Newcastle are also likely to be under pressure for most of the game and backing over 1.5 cards for the Magpies at 8/13 is also a good shout.

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