Newcastle United vs Arsenal
English Premier League
Date: 15th April 2018, Sunday.
Kick-off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: St. James Park (Newcastle).
Newcastle are on a red hot form and target the biggest scalp of the season when they welcome Arsenal for Sunday’s Premier League action.
The Magpies picked a 2-1 win away at Leicester City last week to make it 3 wins on the bounce. The 9 points in short time ended any threat of relegation and Rafa’s team now sit at 10th in the standings.
The momentum must come handy for Newcastle in welcoming Arsenal, since it was not long ago that they bagged a morale boosting victory against Manchester United.
Arsenal though, are also on a three match winning streak in the Premier League. But all those games were played at the Emirates.
The last away game for Gunners in the league was at Brighton on 4th March, 35 days ago. They ended up losing 2-1 back then, which is their fourth away defeat on the bounce. Wenger’s men have been extremely poor in travels this season and have won only 3 of their 15 games so far, while lost a massive 8.
Newcastle vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
Arsenal are on a 10 match winning run against Newcastle and are unbeaten in 12, all games in the English Premier League.
The last three games between the two including the reverse of the corresponding saw the same 1-0 full-time score-line.
Even at the St. James Park, the Gunners won the last 4 and unbeaten in the last 10 in all competitions with 6 wins and 4 draws.
Four of the last five meetings between Newcastle and Arsenal at the St. James Park saw under 1.5 goals.
Newcastle vs Arsenal: Prediction
Newcastle are on red hot form and they will be in good spirits. But Arsenal, despite losing three away games on the bounce in the league can look at their recent streak and draw some confidence. Combining the Europa League fixtures, Wenger’s men are on a 7 match unbeaten streak with wins in 6 prior to the midweek draw at CSKA Moscow. Having taken the Magpies to the cleaners in every visit to the St. James Park in over a decade, we must be looking at an away win on Sunday.
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Newcastle vs Arsenal: Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Joselu, Jesus Gamez and Rob Elliot are sidelined with injury for the Magpies.
The Leicester loanee Islam Slimani is available for selection after missing last week’s trip to his parent club. But he might have to settle for a place in the bench since Rafa Benitez has no reasons to change the eleven that won three on the bounce.
Newcastle United Predicted Starting XI (4-4-1-1)
Dubravka – Dummett, Lejeune, Lascelles, Yedlin – Kenedy, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie – Perez – Gayle.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is out of the remaining season with a knee ligament injury.
Aaron Ramsey picked a leg injury against CSKA Moscow in the midweek and is a major doubt here.
Granit Xhaka missed the trip to Moscow with an illness and is back available for selection.
Santi Cazorla and David Ospina are the two players in the nursing table.
Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi, Callum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are inline to start here as Wenger looks to shuffle the pack to keep players fit.
Arsenal Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Kolasinac, Chambers, Mustafi, Bellerin – Xhaka, Elneny – Ozil, Wilshere, Iwobi – Aubameyang.