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Arsenal

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Emirates Stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Newcastle United

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Emirates Stadium

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Arsenal welcome Newcastle to the Emirates looking for their 10th consecutive win against the Magpies.

Last time: Laurent Koscielny was the match-winner for the Gunners the season before last, completing a double of 1-0 victories for Arsene Wenger’s side in that campaign.

This time: Arsenal are 2/7 for the win while Newcastle can be backed at 14/1 and the draw at 5/1.

You might remember: Theo Walcott dancing along the touchline, getting scythed down and springing back to his feet to dink the ball over Tim Krul and complete his hat-trick in the injury time of a 7-3 rout for the Arsenal.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

The title may have gone for Arsenal before we’ve even reached Christmas, but the brilliance of Manchester City means there isn’t the same pressure on Arsene Wenger compared to recent seasons. There’s plenty of focus on Rafa Benitez in the opposite dugout though, as the Spaniard looks to mastermind a shock victory over his old foe.

Arsenal are 2/7 to record a routine win over the lowly Magpies. The Gunners lost their last Premier League fixture at the Emirates against Manchester United, but either side of that they put five past Huddersfield and six past BATE Borisov in the Europa League. In their quest to get back into the Champions League next season, defeat is not an option for Wenger’s side.

Newcastle are a long shot at 14/1, but they’ve given a couple of big teams a scare on the road in recent weeks. Dwight Gayle put them into the lead at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, although they went on to lose both games. The Magpies have conceded 15 goals in their last five fixtures, compared to 10 in their first 11 Premier League outings, so Benitez needs to reinstall that defensive discipline if his side are to have any chance of a result on Saturday.

The draw is 5/1 and looks like a more realistic bet if you think there could be an upset on the cards. Predict the Gunners will drop points at home for the second game in a row in a goalless draw at 18/1. A 1-1 scoreline is 11/1, which would keep up Newcastle’s scoring record of a goal a game so far this season. If you think there’ll be more goals, the 2-2 draw’s priced at 30/1 and 3-3 is 140/1.

Olivier Giroud is 16/5 to score the last goal of the game. The Frenchman drew level with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend as the Premier League’s second highest goalscorer off the bench, and he’ll be called upon once again if the Gunners need a goal late on.

Dwight Gayle is 23/2 to score the first goal, and complete a hat-trick of sorts against sides with top four ambitions after opening the scoring against Manchester United and Chelsea. Considering Arsenal are such heavy favourites to win the game, it would be an achievement for the visitors to get on the scoresheet at all, and you can back them to do this at 10/11.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

A cricket score. Arsenal have scored three goals or more in nine of their last 17 games against Newcastle. With the hosts looking to record their tenth win in a row against the Magpies, recent history doesn’t give much hope to Benitez’ side.

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We fancy:

Draw/Arsenal half time/full time at 7/2. Newcastle will look to sit back and soak up the Arsenal pressure. The first half could be a little flat after both teams played on Wednesday evening, but the Gunners should have too much considering the depth of their squad.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Lacazette to score first and Arsenal to win 3-1 at 28/1. The French forward’s made a promising start to his Arsenal career, despite finding himself on the bench on occasion. He should start in this one though, and will be a threat for the first goal.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!