After Spurs lost their tenth Premier League game of the season on Sunday afternoon against Liverpool, Arsenal now have the chance to leapfrog their rivals into fourth place with a win on Monday night against a Newcastle side who have won just once away from home against the Gunners in 18 years.
Arsenal vs Newcastle – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: 01 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Anthony Taylor
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the match live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live streaming is also available on the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the game.
Arsenal vs Newcastle – The Form Guide
Arsenal head into Monday night’s match on the back of a couple of decent wins. They breezed past Rennes 3-0 in the Europa League last time out. Before that, though, they put in an impressive display in the Premier League to halt the charge of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.
Just looking at their home form in the league, you have to go back to the opening day of the season to find the last time the Gunners lost. It’s also nine home wins in a row now. That doesn’t bode well for a Newcastle side who have lost on their last six trips to the Emirates, scoring just five and conceding 18.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has seen his side turn a corner in recent weeks. After defeat away at Spurs and a draw against Wolves, fans were worried that they were going to get dragged into a relegation dogfight. However, they’ve grabbed three wins and a draw in their five games since, which has seen them move well clear of danger.
The pressure’s probably off Newcastle on Monday night. It may allow them to play some free-flowing football. That’s easier said than done at the Emirates, though.
What is the Team News?
Lucas Torreira is still missing for the hosts as he serves the second of his three-match ban. The only other concern of note is whether Granit Xhaka will be fit for this one after he injured his thigh whilst away on International duty with Switzerland. There was a slight worry over Aaron Ramsey, but he looks to be ok.
Fabian Schar is still suspended for Newcastle, which is a huge blow against a side like Arsenal as he’s arguably been their best player this season. Away at Arsenal missing your best player is not easy for any side, let alone one battling at the wrong end of the table. In better news, their captain, Jamal Lascelles, should return to the starting eleven after missing the Bournemouth game last time out with a knee complaint.
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Newcastle Predicted XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Fernandez, Hayden, Diame, Ritchie, Almiron, Perez, Rondon.
Arsenal are heavy favourites at 2/5 to win this one. Newcastle have been priced up by the bookmakers at around 7/1 to come away from the Emirates with all three points. The draw’s available at 4/1.
3-0. Arsenal’s home form is impeccable, and I can’t see Newcastle coming away with a positive result. Why? Simply because they’re missing one of the best players in Fabian Schar. One player doesn’t make a team that’s for sure, but he’s such a presence at the back as well as going forward from set pieces. The Gunners will inevitably have a lot of the ball and I expect them to make it count.
The Asian Handicap is the market for me on Monday night. Arsenal are too short in the Match Odds market. Overs is also on the skinny side. I expect the home side to win this by at least a couple, which makes the 21/20 on Arsenal -1.5 in the Asian Handicap market an attractive one. This bet simply means if they win by two or more, you’re a winner.
Match Stats & Facts
- Arsenal have won their last six in a row at home to Newcastle.
- The Toon Army have actually lost 11 of their 12 Premier League games against Monday’s opponents.
- The Gunners are only one of three teams in the whole of English league football not to drop a point at home in 2019.
- Newcastle haven’t won any of the last six matches in the capital.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored 73% of his Premier League goals for Arsenal at the Emirates.