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

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Premier League: Mon, 01/04  StadiumEmirates

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With Arsenal as overwhelming favourites, the bookies aren’t offering massive value on a Gunners victory. There are however patterns from previous games that make other markets look enticing such as the under 3.5 cards being priced at 5/6. The last three encounters have yielded three cards or less in each game making this a good pick. Backing under 3.5 goals at 8/15 can also be a good alternative as the last six games have all had fewer than four goals.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Arsenal welcome Newcastle to The Emirates Stadium knowing that victory will propel them back in to the Champions League places above Manchester United. Newcastle will still be looking to increase the gap between themselves and those in the relegation zone knowing that they still aren’t mathematically safe and can get sucked back into the battle if they have a few bad results.

Arsenal enter this game having gone five games unbeaten in the league and will be buzzing off the back of a 2-0 win over Manchester United last time out. This maintained their push for a Champions League spot in Unai Emery’s first season and with the Emirates being a real fortress, will fancy their chances of victory on Monday night. The Gunners have won 13 out of their 16 games at home with just one defeat and this will make it a daunting task for Newcastle who have struggled on their travels.

Rafa Benitez’s men also enter this game in a run of form having lost just once in their last six league games. Matt Ritchie helped secure a last-gasp 2-2 draw against former club Bournemouth in their last game and The Magpies also sealed a dramatic reverse against Everton when they were losing 2-0 and came back to win 3-2. The spirit in the team has shone through ever since their victory over champions Manchester City earlier in the season and the fans will feel that their top-flight status is secure for another year. However Benitez will want to push on and possibly secure a top-half finish if they can string a run of results together.

In team news, Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, who injured his thigh whilst on international duty. There were also concerns over Aaron Ramsey but the Welshman is expected to be fit as he continues his Arsenal swansong before switching to Juventus in the summer. Arsenal will definitely be without the services of Lucas Torreira who continues to serve his suspension after picking up a red card in the North London derby, leaving Unai Emery with a lack of options in midfield.

Newcastle will be without Fabian Schar who serves the last of his two game suspension however Jamal Lascelles could return having missed their last game against Bournemouth.

Arsenal have traditionally dominated this fixture with Newcastle only securing one victory since November 2010. Luckily for Magpies fans that was in a game just last season when Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie helped secure a 2-1 win, giving them hope of repeating the trick this time around. Arsenal however won the reverse fixture earlier in the season where goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil helped secure a comfortable victory despite a consolation goal from Ciaran Clark.

Rafa Benitez will go in to this game knowing that he has fared well against the big teams, with his side performing well even if they have gone on to lose against the top sides. The Magpies will try to make it difficult for The Gunners at the start and stifle their creative attackers. With the likes of Salomon Rondon up front, Benitez will look to out-muscle the Arsenal defence who have looked shaky when coming up against combative forwards. It is likely that most of the game will be played in the Newcastle half with the visitors looking to hit on the counter-attack.

With Arsenal as overwhelming favourites, the bookies aren’t offering massive value on a Gunners victory. There are however patterns from previous games that make other markets look enticing such as the under 3.5 cards being priced at 5/6. The last three encounters have yielded three cards or less in each game making this a good pick. Backing under 3.5 goals at 8/15 can also be a good alternative as the last six games have all had fewer than four goals.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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