Premier League Betting: Newcastle v Arsenal - Fan v Fan Preview


Newcastle perspective: Mark Jensen, The Mag 

Team news

Marveaux, Tiote and Steven Taylor are all available, while Santon, Sissoko, Haidara and Shola are almost certain to miss out. With Krul injured and Elliot suspended, Steve Harper gets the chance to say goodbye after 20 years at the club.

Form

Respectable away form has seen Newcastle pick up draws at West Ham and West Brom plus victory at QPR. However, it has been disaster at St.James’ Park with defeats against Sunderland and Liverpool. 9 goals have been conceded without reply.

Head-to-head

Four of the last six clashes at St.James’ Park have been drawn, including that unforgettable 4-4 Newcastle fightback. However, you have to go back seven seasons for the last home win.

Best bets

The half-time score to be 0-0 at 3.80. Arsenal’s defence are at their meanest on their travels and with Newcastle desperate not to have another six-goal disaster

Tiote to be booked at 2.80. While Tiote’s form has dipped, his capacity to pick up cards remains. 

Ben Arfa to score the first goal at 11.50. The Frenchman took over spot-kick duties last week so a price of 11.50 to open the scoring now carries extra appeal.

Score prediction: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 0 (19.00)

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Arsenal perspective: James McNicholas, Gunnerblog

Team news

Olivier Giroud is back in contention after returning from a three-match ban. He is likely to displace Lukas Podolski, who will consider himself unlucky to miss out after a brace against Wigan. At left-back Arsene Wenger must choose between Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs - he has generally favoured the Spaniard in away games but Gibbs is a man in a rich vein of form. Mikel Arteta is set to miss out with a calf problem so Jack Wilshere will be asked to step into the midfield before his forthcoming ankle operation.

Form

Arsenal are on a great run. We are unbeaten in nine Premier League matches, and have won our last four away matches in a row. The Gunners now know that a win on Sunday will guarantee them a spot in the top four, and could even see them pip Chelsea to third.

Head-to-head

Arsenal hammered Newcastle 7-3 last time out, although the scoreline was a little flattering to the Gunners who, were pegged back three times before the Magpies tired. With a Champions League place at stake, Arsenal fans will be hoping that this game isn't quite as nerve-wracking as that one.

Best bets

Olivier Giroud to score first at 6.00. Giroud will be keen to make an immediate impression upon his return to the side. Having scored twice in the home tie with Newcastle he will be confident of causing similar damage this time out.

Arsenal to score first at 1.38. Arsenal have developed a habit of starting fast, scoring early goals against Manchester United, QPR and Wigan. They'll hope to continue that in this game against Newcastle.

Lukas Podolski to score last at 6.00. Lukas Podolski is likely to drop to the bench to make way for Olivier Giroud, but his goalscoring exploits against Wigan suggest that his shooting boots are very much on. If he gets a chance to come on, I expect him to make an impact.

Score prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Arsenal (12.00)

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