Newcastle vs Arsenal / Premier League – This is another interesting match in the fifth round of the Premier League, and it will be played between two former English champions Newcastle and Arsenal. However, the popular “Magpies” have, above all because of the very difficult schedule in the first four rounds, won only one point, while the “Gunners” have managed to record two wins after two defeats. As for their duels in the past season, the hosts have celebrated on both occasions.
Newcastle vs Arsenal begins 15.09.2018 at 16:00 CET
However, Newcastle is now aware that they will have a tougher task than last year, especially since the guests from London are coming to the North of England after two wins in a row, while we already said for coach Benitez and his players that they have won only one point in the first four rounds. That happened in the second round when they played against Cardiff at home with 0-0, while they were in the remaining three duels defeated with 2-1 at home by Tottenham and Chelsea and in the last round by Manchester City as guests.
In that period they were also defeated in the League Cup with 3-1 by Nottingham Forrest, so it is more than clear that the experienced coach Benitez must make some changes in his team as soon as possible, or otherwise they might get into trouble. That actually means that we now against Arsenal expect some new names in the starting lineup, for which they because of injuries still cannot count on defender Manquillo and striker Lejeune, while the performance of midfielders Ritchie and Shelvey is also questionable.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummet – Murphy, Diame, Ki Sung-Yong, Kenedy – Perez – Rondon
Unlike their next rivals, Arsenal has after a slightly worse opening of the championship, when they were defeated at home by Manchester City at home and Chelsea as guests, shown much better games in the last two rounds, for which they were then rewarded with a home win over West Ham and as guests over Cardiff. However, in these matches, their experienced goalkeeper Cech had to take the ball out of the net three times, so the question is when we finally see newcomer Leno in this position.
But for now, coach Emery still trusts Cech, just like the young Guendouzio in midfield, while he only in the attack finally succumbed to the public pressure, so he in the last round finally gave the chance to Aubameyang and Lacazette. And they immediately responded with one goal in duel with Cardiff, while the third was the work of center-back Mustafi. We should also add that defenders Koscielny, Kolasinac and Jenkinson, and midfielders Maitland-Niles and Iwobi are still on the list of injured players.
Probable lineups Arsenal: Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal – Guendouzi, Xhaka – Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Aubameyang – Lacazette
Newcastle vs Arsenal PICK
Even though Arsenal is in a better mood before this Saturday’s match, Newcastle has managed to achieve at least one goal in all this season's performances, so we think they should do the same now against the “Gunners”.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at sportingbet (down to 1.65 can be played)
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