Premier League leaders Arsenal can move ten points clear at the top of the standings if they get the better of third-place Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
The Gunners have won both their matches since returning from the World Cup break to further underline their credentials as serious title contenders, but they will face arguably their toughest test of the season to date when Newcastle visit north London.
Eddie Howe’s high-flying Magpies are unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight fixtures and have only lost once all season, but they have a poor recent record when visiting the Emirates and could come unstuck against the league leaders.
Arsenal are 4/5 to make it six league victories on the bounce, while Newcastle, who would move above Manchester City into second with a win, can be backed at 16/5 and the draw is 11/4.
Arsenal vs Newcastle Betting Tips
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns to contend with, leaving Gabriel Jesus (knee) and Reiss Nelson (thigh) as their only confirmed absentees.
In-form Eddie Nketiah will continue to lead the line in the absence of Jesus, while Emile Smith Rowe could be fit enough to take a place on the bench after almost four months out with a groin problem.
Newcastle remain without five of their first-team stars due to injury, with none of Alexander Isak, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Targett, Emil Krafth or Paul Dummett expected to be available for this top of the table clash.
Callum Wilson could return to the starting XI in place of Chris Wood after being used from the bench during Saturday’s goalless draw with Leeds United.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score @ 12/5
Arsenal turned the Emirates into a fortress during 2022, as they have won each of their last 10 league fixtures at the venue, a run that dates back to April and includes all seven of their home games in the top-flight this term.
Mikel Arteta’s side are certainly enjoying playing in front of their own supporters, although they have not been completely impenetrable, as they have remarkably only managed one clean sheet during their winning run on home soil.
That should offer Newcastle some hope heading into Tuesday’s game, especially as they have scored in six of their last seven league fixtures on the road, although their recent record at the Emirates does not make for good reading.
Newcastle have lost on each of their last 11 visits to the venue across all competitions, with their most recent victory at the Emirates coming thanks to an Andy Carroll goal back in November 2010.
Half-Time/Full-Time – Draw/Arsenal @ 18/5
Arsenal may be a team in form, but they have not always come out of the blocks firing over recent weeks, as despite winning each of their last five Premier League games, they have only been leading at the break in two of those matches.
Newcastle certainly have the tools to frustrate the Gunners for large periods, as the Magpies boast the division’s meanest defence, conceding just 11 goals in their 17 games to date.
That defensive resilience should stand Howe’s visitors in good stead, particularly early in the match, but it is difficult to see Newcastle keeping the leaders at bay for the whole contest, with the Draw/Arsenal in the Half-Time/Full-Time market perhaps looking an appealing option.
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