Newcastle vs. Arsenal / Premier League – Two more matches of the 34th round of English Premier League will be played on Sunday and this one between 10th-placed Newcastle and 6th-positioned Arsenal is more interesting of the two. The Gunners have 16 points more and on top of they can boast with fact they won 10 previous matches with Newcastle, while each team has three-game winning streak in the league. Begins: 15.04.2018 – 14:30 CET
In last three league matches the Magpies won Southampton 3-0 and Huddersfield 1-0 at home and last weekend difficult away match with Leicester by 2-1. Nine new points propelled them toward the mid-table or more precisely they occupy right now the 10th place, and at the moment have big 10 points more than 18th-placed Southampton.
It in fact means that we are going to see Newcastle in the elite football league in England next year, which was expected since we all know quality of players that manager Benitez has at his disposal. Since we are talking about the team we believe that after three consecutive victories the same team will face Arsenal now, especially as still out of action are only injured goalkeeper Elliot and defender Gamez.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett – Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy – Perez – Gayle
League match with Newcastle comes for the guests from London after they definitely qualified for the semi-finals of the Europa League three days ago, where will have a very difficult task to eliminate Atletico Madrid. On Thursday evening the Gunners drew away 2-2 with CSKA Moscow, but they won the 1st leg played at their Emirates by even 4-1, so they fully deservedly reached the semi-finals.
Team led by manager Wenger also plays better in the league and in last three rounds it won Watford, Stoke and Southampton at home but that only strengthen their hold over the sixth place in the table. Arsenal lags behind 5th-placed Chelsea for three and even 13 points behind 4th-placed Tottenham. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are midfielders Cazorla and Mkhitaryan, while not fully ready for match with Newcastle are midfielders Xhaka and Ramsay, and goalkeeper Ospina.
Probable lineups Arsenal: Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac – Elneny, Wilshere – Welbeck, Ozil, Iwobi – Aubameyang
Newcastle – Arsenal PICK
Although the Sunday’s match comes for both teams after three consecutive victories in the league we have decided to give a slight advantage to Newcastle mostly as Arsenal played a very demanding match in the Europa League just three days ago.
Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 Newcastle
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.70 be played)