While many Newcastle fans might have envisioned a relegation dogfight at this stage of the season, the Geordies instead find themselves fighting for a European slot at the other end of the table.
In recent weeks, though, some signs of fatigue have started to show.
Newcastle haven’t won in three Premier League games and some people would say they were slightly fortunate to scrape an injury-time equaliser against 10-man Sunderland last weekend.
The week before that they threw away a 2-0 lead at home to struggling Wolves and on Monday night they face an in-form Arsenal side who are unlikely to show them any mercy.
Arsenal have scored three or more goals against Newcastle in six of their last eight meetings, are fresh from their heartbreaking yet impressive 3-0 Champions League win over AC Milan and have won their last four Premier League games in a row.
For these reasons Arsenal are odds-on favourites with the bwin bookies, priced at 9/20 to win the game, while Newcastle are outsiders at 23/4 and the draw is 333/100.
Away from the 3-way football betting market, it could pay to back Arsenal to finish the match stronger than they start it.
The Gunners are considerably stronger in the second half at the Emirates than they are in the first. If the league table was based only on home games and every home game this season had finished at half-time, Arsenal would currently sit ninth in the table.
In the same hypothetical league, if every one of their home games had only counted after half-time they would jump to second in the standings.
Arsenal are 3/4 to win the second half, but the best bet could come in backing them to score more goals in the second half than in the first.
Arsene Wenger’s side are 13/10 to score more goals in the second half, compared to 37/20 to score more in the first.
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