When Newcastle United will play Arsenal this weekend both teams would want to win to achieve their goals this season. Currently, the Magpies are 16th in the table with 36 points. While the Gunners are 10th in the table 46 points. Time running out as only five matchdays are left in the Premier League.
Steve Bruce’s side would want to confirm their survival in the Premier League. The Newcastle United fans would not want to have any late drama. Though 18th place Fulham are nine points behind them but at this late stage, even a point against Arsenal will give them confidence for the rest of the games.
As for Gunners, they will still try to fight for Europa League qualification. They are seven points behind the seventh-placed Spurs. It looks like a tough one but they still have a decent chance of qualifying for the Europa League. Their prospects of winning the competition also took a hit when they lost 2-1 to Villareal in the 1st leg of the semi-final.
Analysis: Newcastle United vs Arsenal
There is no doubt that Steve Bruce’s side won’ think of getting all three points. This is because the Gunners have been extremely inconsistent this season. This season they at times they have struggled to score goals and they have constantly conceded goals on the other end of the pitch.
While the Magpies haven’t exactly done very well this season. However, in recent games, they have done very well. Their recent draw against Liverpool will also give them confidence, as Arsenal have also struggled like the Reds. This can be seen from the fact that since winning 2-1 against Tottenham, they have only managed to win one game in the Premier League.
Considering the two teams this season, it is unlikely to be an explosive game. It could be low scoring game. Arsenal will dominate possession and Newcastle United will defend in numbers to frustrate them.
When and Where
The Magpies will host the Gunners at St.James Park on 02.05.2021 at 6:30 PM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
Joe Willock won’t eligible to play. He is on loan from Arsenal at St. James Park. As per the loan agreement, he is not allowed to play against the Gunners. Karl Darlow, Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, and Ryan Fraser all are out injured. While Matt Ritchie is a doubt for the game.
Predicted Line Up: Martin Dubravka; Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez; Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy, Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey; Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Kieran Tierney are doubts for the game. However, these players could get some playing time as well.
Predicted Line Up: Bernd Leno; Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Hector Bellerin; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Martin Odegaard, Willian, Gabriel Martinelli; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Head to Head Stats
Newcastle United have lost 15 of their previous 16 Premier League games against Arsenal. The two teams have faced each other 186 times. Out of which the Magpies have won 67 times, the Gunners have won 81 and the rest of the 36 games have been draws.
The Frenchman is strong, powerful, pacey and a good dribbler as well. Steve Bruce’s side will be at their best on counter-attacks. This is because Saint-Maximin will get space and time on the ball to cause problems to Arsenal’s defence.
The youngster has often turned up when called upon by Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard will be hopeful that he again turns up in this game as well. The Brazilian’s eye for goal will be crucial for Arsenal to score goals in this game.
12th Man Prediction: Newcastle United 1 vs Arsenal 1
Though the Gunners are the favourites to win the tie but Newcastle United will be a tricky fixture. Based upon their current form it is likely that this game will be ended in a stalemate.