Kick-off: 1500, 15/09/2018
Stadium: St James’ Park
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What Trueform says for Newcastle vs Arsenal
Arsenal have recovered well from a tricky start to the new Premier League season and are fancied to edge out Newcastle, judged on our Trueform ratings.
The Magpies have been far from disgraced against some tough opponents this term, but the pressure of only having one point could weigh heavily on them here.
We’re happy to go with the Gunners to grab a third straight win at 87/100 as our initial Newcastle vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle’s 2-1 loss at Manchester City followed defeats by the same scoreline versus Tottenham and Chelsea, so Rafael Benitez does have something to work on.
In amongst those fixtures, there was also a pretty poor goalless draw at Cardiff, though, even if Kenedy did miss a stoppage-time penalty.
Reports of problems off the field are worrying, with Benitez rumoured to be at loggerheads with owner Mike Ashley, while Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie apparently clashed on the training ground.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Dummett, Lascelles, Fernandez, Yedlin, Sung-Yueng, Diame, Kenedy, Rondon, Perez.
Midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie are back in the Newcastle squad after suffering from thigh and knee injuries respectively.
Full-back Javier Manquillo (calf) is also improving, leaving central defender Florian Lejeune (knee) as the only long-term absentee, while Isaac Hayden is available again after serving a three-match ban.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
After being outclassed by Manchester City, Arsenal showed lots of promise in a 3-2 loss at Chelsea and built on that to record back-to-back victories over West Ham and Cardiff.
Alexandre Lacazette’s powerful late strike proved decisive in a 3-2 triumph in Wales, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also on target in a fine attacking display.
With Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey getting forward at every opportunity, Unai Emery made a positive statement of intent with his tactics that day.
“One goal for Lacazette, one for Aubameyang, but I think every other player worked well, with the commitment we want,” said Emery. “We are happy for that and we are evolving.”
The defensive frailties are still there, but the Gunners are backed to overcome them, so 12/5 for an away win and both teams to score rounds off our Newcastle vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal line-up: Cech, Bellerin, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Mustafi, Ramsey, Ozil, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Alex Iwobi is back available after missing the win at Cardiff through illness, but Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Sead Kolasinac (knee), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) remain absent.
Man City 2-1 NEWCASTLE – DeAndre Yedlin
Cardiff 2-3 ARSENAL – Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette
Head-to-head: Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle, Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal, Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal, Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle
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