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Arsenal vs. Newcastle United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
13 February 2020
Sunday 16 February
Emirates Stadium – Premier League
Mikel Arteta has only won once in six attempts and will hope to kick-start Arsenal’s fight for a place in Europe against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have a habit of drawing their games under the Spanish tactician and will face a stern test when the Magpies arrive on an unbeaten run stretching back to New Year’s Day.
Arsenal have won their seven last home games against Newcastle and 44 of their last 81 times hosting the Tynesiders in London. The Magpies last success against Arsenal in London came in November 2010, when they won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Andy Carroll. The striker has returned to Newcastle this season and could be decisive again. Newcastle are looking for their first success against Arsenal since April 2018, when Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie scored the two goals to help them triumph 2-1 at St James’ Park. The reverse fixture this term ended in a 1-0 win for the Gunners.
Arsenal have defensive problems this term and their new defender Cedric Soares could be missing in their return to action after the winter break. He arrived from Southampton this winter but is out with a troublesome knee and adds to the list including Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson and Kieran Tierney.
Steve Bruce has a much bigger problem ahead of the match at the Emirates, and is hoping that mentioned Carroll will shake off a knock in time to feature on Sunday. The list of absentees include Dwight Gayle, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Yoshinori Muto, Javi Manquillo, Jonjo Shelvey and Emil Krafth.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United Preview and Predictions
Mikel Arteta has struggled to collect the required points to lift Arsenal up the table after his introduction in December. The Gunners lost against Chelsea and beat Manchester United, but since then, the only two other victories have come in the FA Cup. A run of draws have firmly placed them alongside Newcastle and they are currently in the top half on goal difference. A win would distance themselves from a close rival and may be backed at 1.43.
Newcastle arrive on an unbeaten run stretching all the way back to the start of the year and are in a confident mood, despite all the absentees. Bruce received great support from the hierarchy during the transfer window last month and has strengthened his side and they have the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal with a win at 7.50.
But after four games unbeaten in the Premier League, Newcastle will have to bring something extra to the capital this weekend. Back-to-back draws against Everton and Norwich will back up Arsenals four draws in a row in the League and if you think the match will end in another draw, it may be backed at 4.60.
Mesut Özil recently revealed that Arteta has improved Arsenal tactically and the Gunners should be in a confident mood when they return to action, still fighting to claim a place in Europe for the next term. They are still not giving up on a place among the top four, but something must change immediately, and they need to turn the draws into wins. Can they do that this weekend?
Draw with goals at 5.40
Despite needing a win desperately, Arsenal’s inability to puncture their recent games makes a bet on a draw inevitable, throw in some goals in the mix and make the odds more interesting. Newcastle are also picking up points and are currently looking to keep the Gunners at bay in their return after the winter break.
Alexandre Lacazette to score at anytime at 2.25
The French forward has only scored five goals in 18 Premier League matches for the home side this season, but he has previously looked lethal against the Magpies. Something needs to change for Arsenal to get back on track and maybe the former Lyon forward could shoulder some of the responsibility.