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Prediction: Newcastle vs Arsenal

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 14 Apr 2018

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Prediction: Draw

Best Odds: 13/5

Bookmaker: bet365

Two of the Premier League’s biggest names over the years will collide once again tomorrow, as Newcastle United host Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s men are coming off the back of their triumph in the Europa League, whereas the Magpies continue to rise up the table under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle

Under Rafa Benitez, Newcastle United look like a team reborn. They’re playing with confidence for the first time in a long time, and they legitimately feel like a team who could push for Europe in a few years if they can handle themselves in the transfer market. They’ve all but secured survival, although they’ll be keen to confirm it over the next two games.

Team News

Slimani will return for Newcastle, who have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend.

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger continues to surprise people, with the draw against CSKA Moscow taking their unbeaten run to seven games. They’ll still want to prioritise the Europa League given that it’s their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, but given the quality in their squad, you’d imagine they’ll have a great deal of confidence heading into this one.

Team News

Ramsey and Wilshere both picked up knocks in midweek and are questionable, but Elneny will be eligible after winning his appeal.

Factors to Consider

  • Arsenal have won their last ten league games against Newcastle United.
  • The Gunners have a Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid to consider.
  • Newcastle’s points total in 2018 is only bettered by the top four.
  • A victory against Arsenal would mean Newcastle have won four straight PL games for the first time since 2014.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be the first man to score in five straight league games for Arsenal since 2015.

Conclusion

This is a fascinating game in many aspects, with both teams being full of confidence right now. The firepower of the Gunners will cause Newcastle all kinds of problems, but with the St James’ Park crowd behind them, we can see Rafa Benitez’s men pinching a draw.

Prediction: Draw

Best Odds: 13/5

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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