Newcastle vs Arsenal: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 6:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 6:38 PM UTC

Arsenal have a strong recent record against the Magpies...
<div><h2>Newcastle vs Arsenal</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Newcastle vs Arsenal"><strong>Sunday, August 11, at St James’s Park</strong></a></p><p>A new era gets underway at St James’s Park on Sunday after Newcastle bid farewell to legendary manager Rafa Benitez this summer. He kept them afloat through tactical wizardry for the last two seasons and he will be a huge miss during the 2019/20 campaign. The fans are distinctly unimpressed by the calibre of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Steve Bruce">his replacement, Steve Bruce</a>, who has been relegated from this division on multiple occasions. It will be interesting to see how the Magpies fare against an Arsenal side that beat them home and away last season.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Newcastle lost star striker Ayoze Perez this summer after Leicester activated his £30 million release clause. Salomon Rondon has not returned for a second loan spell, and that left the Geordies short in attack. They broke their club record to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim and he looks like an interesting prospect, but it may take a while for him to adapt to the rigours of English football. Allan Saint-Maximin also joined from Nice, but Perez and Rondon will be sorely missed, as their goals kept Newcastle in the Premier League last season.</p><p>Arsenal desperately needed defensive reinforcements this summer, so they went out and did the most Arsenal thing imaginable: the Gunners broke their club record to star forward Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a £72 million deal. They should be formidable going forwards in 2019/20, as the Ivorian winger will link up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil in a formidable attack. Yet Laurent Koscielny has moved to Bordeaux, Shkodran Mustafi is booed by his own fans and Arsenal are liable to leak goals. There is still time for them to bring in defensive reinforcements, but nothing is guaranteed. They also lost key midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Juventus, but Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos looks like a talented replacement.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It seems like risky business to bet on Arsenal to win away from home, as they have struggled on their travels in recent years. However, Newcastle are sure to struggle in 2019/20 as Mike Ashley has invested very little in this squad and they will not be anywhere near as tough at the back as they were under Benitez. Arsenal took six points off the Magpies last season and they can get their new season off to a flyer with victory on Sunday.</p><p><strong>Top Tip: <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Newcastle vs Arsenal"><em>Arsenal to win at 1.80 with Ladbrokes</em></a></strong></p></div>
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