Arsenal faces Newcastle for the second time in ten days knowing that win against the Magpies will take the Gunners back into the top half of the Premier League.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the match in order to make well-informed picks with betPawa.
📄 Match preview
These sides met just in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and Arsenal needed extra time to eventually get past the Magpies via a 2-0 scoreline at the Emirates Stadium that somewhat flattered the hosts.
In their last Premier League assignment, a relatively uneventful 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, Arsenal looked short of ideas and inspiration in front of goal. Mikel Arteta's side sorely missed the cut and thrust of Kieran Tierney on their left flank - so they'll be buoyed by the Scotsman's likely return tonight.
In Arsenal's poor run of games before defeating Chelsea on Boxing Day, they only scored four times in ten matches with just three matches in that sequence going over the 2.5 goals mark.
It's difficult to envisage that Newcastle will set up much differently, attempting to stifle Arsenal and choose their moments to counter on the break. Steve Bruce's team are now eight games without a win, and they've scored just a single goal - a late consolation against Leicester - in their last six matches.
🔮 Predicted XIs
🦅 Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
Leno; Bellerín, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
⚫️ Newcastle (5-4-1):
Darlow; Yedlin, Fernández, Schär, Clark, Ritchie; Almirón, Hendrick, Longstaff, Joelinton; Wilson
🔑 Key betting stats
- Arsenal has kept a clean sheet in their last five home matches against Newcastle across all comps.
- Steve Bruce Bruce has never won an away Premier League game against Arsenal (D3 L8), with his sides scoring just three goals in those 11 matches.
- Just three of Newcastle's last 12 games have witnessed at least three goals.
- Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has either scored (three) or assisted (two) in five of his six games against Newcastle in all competitions, finding the net in each of his last three against the Magpies.
💰 Futaa value bet
🔮 PREDICTION: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
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