There have been plenty of goals when Arsenal and Newcastle United have met in the last few years but it may take just one to decide Monday’s match at Emirates Stadium.
Eight years ago at St James’ Park, Newcastle produced possibly the greatest comeback in Premier League history when they hit back from four goals down to draw 4-4 with the Gunners while in the 2012/13 campaign Arsenal thrashed the Magpies 7-3.
Arsenal to win 1-0 @ 23/4
Rafa Benitez’s current side may not have much star quality but they are well-organised and very rarely get thrashed – Arsenal only won 2-1 on Tyneside in September.
Newcastle have conceded two goals in each of their last three matches though and they have been poor on their travels recently, failing to win any of their last seven away matches since triumphing 1-0 at Huddersfield in mid-December.
Five home victories in a row have virtually banished any relegation fears for Newcastle but their away form is a concern.
Under 1.5 goals in the match @ 15/4
They have only won two of their 15 away games this season and scored just 12 goals.
Arsenal’s top-four push has been built on their excellent home form – Unai Emery’s team have won 13 of their 16 games at Emirates Stadium with their only loss coming on the opening weekend of the campaign against Manchester City.
The Gunners have 12 more points than they did at this stage last term under Arsene Wenger and can be backed at 1/2 to finish in the top four.
Emery’s team have won six of their last eight league games and have a relatively easy run-in – they do not have to play any team currently in the top six between now and the end of the season.
Benitez’s team do not concede many goals so it may take a while for the Gunners to break them down. A draw at half time and Arsenal victory after 90 minutes should not be ignored at odds of 29/10.
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