By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 14th September 2018
- Saturday, September 15th
- kickoff: 3pm
- Stadium: St James Park, Newcastle
Newcastle vs Arsenal predictions: odds and team news
Rafa Benitez’s side are 11/4 favourites to win at William Hill’s Newcastle vs Arsenal odds, with Unai Emery’s men betting at 10/11, and predictions of a draw with free bets at 27/10.
Newcastle have struggled for form this season; they’ve been unlucky to face tough opposition in their opening football games in Chelsea and Manchester City. But they will be looking forward to face Arsenal and capitalise on their defensive woes, which makes them our pick to win.
Yet, if Newcastle are to cause the Arsenal defence real problems, certain players will need to raise their game. Joselu, Ayoze Perez and Solomon Rondon, spearheading the Newcastle attack, will need to link-up well to pose multiple threats. Their capabilities are evident in the odds picked for them: Perez is tipped to score first at 8/1, whilst both Rondon and Joselu are trading at 13/2.
Arsenal’s attacking capabilities can’t be ignored. Both Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are potent goal scorers and will cause Newcastle’s defensive issues. This means that there is goals in the game for them, but they will have to shore up at the back if they want to win. The Gunners are forecasted to win, with football tips of 2-1 at 7/1.
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Free football tips: Newcastle vs Arsenal predictions
Predicted score: Newcastle to win 2-1: odds @ 12/1
Whilst Newcastle have lost all three of their Premier League matches against ‘big six’ opposition, Arsenal’s defensive woes might present them with the opportunities they need to cement a win.
Benitez’s side were unlucky in both of their 2-1 defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea. We believe they will not pass up another opportunity to win against one of the ‘big six’, tipping them to win as part of our Newcastle vs Arsenal predictions.
Best bet: over 1/5 goals scored: odds @ 2/9
All evidence suggests that this football game could turn into a goal fest, considering that both teams are defensively unstable.
For Arsenal, there are problems in both the central midfield and defence. Granit Xhaka who sits in the centre of the pitch is known for his proclivity to make forward drives, leaving spaces in behind. Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi has questionable levels of concentration.
Newcastle’s Fabian Schar has also been susceptible to lapses in concentration, which we’ve tipped Arsenal to punish.
First scorer: Alexandre Lacazette to score first: free bets @ 9/2
The Arsenal striker has been directly involved in seven goals in his last five Premier League starts, with five goals and two assists. He will need to be at his most prolific, if he is to add to that on Saturday.
Arsenal vs Newcastle stats: Powered by Opta
- Newcastle have lost all three of their PL matches against big six opposition in 2018/19 season by a 2-1 score
- Only against Everton (32) and West Ham (29) have Arsenal won more PL football games than versus Newcastle (26)
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.