Preview - Newcastle United vs Arsenal 15 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Newcastle United vs Arsenal
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
21:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James' Park

Newcastle United:  
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.03
Average goals against per match: 1.28
Top Scorer: Dwight Gayle (5)

Arsenal:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (10)

Two of the most in form sides in the division meet at St James' Park this weekend as Arsenal travel to the North East to take on Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side.

Having been flirting with the relegation zone for much of this campaign, Newcastle are now up to tenth in the League and arrive here having won three games on the spin for just the second time this season. The Magpies haven't reached the magical 40-point total quite yet, but with 38 points already in the bag, it would be a surprise were they to go down now. Joselu is the only new injury concern for Benitez, but that is largely cancelled out by the return of Islam Slimani to the fold.

Arsenal have been electric of late, winning six in a row prior to the midweek draw at CSKA Moscow in the Europa League. With Chelsea in their sights and Burnley on their heels, they should have sufficient motivation for the run in, although their sights may understandably be focussed on a route into the Champions League via the Europa League. Henrikh Mikhtaryan misses out here, and for the remainder of the campaign, which is a real shame as he had been going great guns since his switch from Manchester United.

Arsenal are playing well at present but if there is a weakness in their game it is away from home in the Premier League. They arrive here having won only three away from the Emirates all season and having lost their last four at the hands of Bournemouth, Swansea, Tottenham and Brighton. On current form, Newcastle are at least as good as three of those sides and can pinch this.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2 - 1 Arsenal

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 8 - 15
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 28% - 72%

Just the one booking here with referee Anthony Taylor flashing the yellow to Islam Slimani late on for kicking the ball away.

Arsenal utterly dominated possession here, but Newcastle defended well throughout and were more incisive when they were on the ball, as illustrated by the fact they recorded more shots on target than the Gunners despite enjoying only 28% of the ball.

Newcastle did take a little while to get themselves organised though and it was Arsenal who took the lead in the 14th minute. Shkodran Mustafi playing an excellent ball upfield to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang racing into the left-hand side of the box. The big man did well to fizz in a cross across the face of goal which was met by a sliding Alexandre Lacazette on the volley. 0-1.

Newcastle's equaliser in the 29th minute also began with a long ball. This time from the impressive Jonjo Shelvey who found Dwight Gayle in the box. Gayle out to Yedlin on the right who crossed low into the area. Ayoze Perez met it first time to finish nicely past Petr Cech at his near post. 1-1 at half-time.

Newcastle's winner came in the 68th minute. Islam Slimani sending a powerful header into the area to pick out Perez who deftly flicked into the path of Matt Ritchie. One touch to control, one touch to finish past Cech. 2-1 final score.

Newcastle's late season resurgence continues. A fourth league win on the spin cementing their position in tenth place as they burst through the 40-point barrier to make those relegation worries a thing of the past.

Arsenal's impressive seven game unbeaten streak comes to an end at St. James' Park. The Gunner's stay sixth but now only two points ahead of Burnley.

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