Newcastle United vs Arsenal Preview

April 14, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at St James’s Park where Newcastle United take on Arsenal.

The hosts go into the game ten points clear of the bottom three having won three games in a row , and they haven’t won consecutive top flight games since November 2014.

With their top flight status surely secure the North East outfit will have their eyes on a top half finish – something they have only achieved in the division twice since record goalscorer Alan Shearer retired in 2006.

Islam Slimani is available after missing out against his parent club Leicester City last weekend meaning that Rafael Benitez has a full squad of players at his disposal.

Having scored in each of his last two appearances Ayoze Perez is 10.0 (9/1) to open the scoring with William Hill, with Kenedy an 11.0 (10/1) chance with Paddy Power.

The home win is priced at 3.3 (23/10) with Unibet with the visitors favourites at 2.3 (23/10) with Betfair. The draw is widely available at 3.6 (13/5).

Arsene Wenger’s men’s winning streak was ended at six games in all competitions on Thursday though they did come from two goals down to draw with CSKA Moscow – securing a 6-3 aggregate win to progress to the semi-finals on the Europa League.

Victory here would see them move back to within three points of fifth place Chelsea, who came from two goals down to beat struggling Southampton is Saturday’s early kick-off.

Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere will be assessed ahead the game after both picked up knocks last time out while Granit Xhaka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Elneny are all available for selection.

Aubameyang is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.3 (33/10) with Unibet, with Danny Welbeck 7.5 (13/2) with some firms.

Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in December – the third time in succession the Gunners have won this clash by that scoreline.

A number of bookmakers offer 4.75 (15/4) for there to be under 1.5 goals this time around while the away win to nil can be backed at 4.33 (10/3) with Sky Bet.

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