Premier League betting – Arsenal vs Newcastle
Arsenal vs Newcastle betting preview
Arsenal League Position: 2nd League Form: LLWWW
After the midweek display against Shakhtar Donetsk that started out so promising and ended in a lacklustre performance that looked nothing like the Arsenal we have become accustomed to see this season. Theo Walcott was the only Gunners player who looked like a serious threat at goal, so at 6/1 on SkyBet to be the first goalscorer he could be a worthwhile bet.
Their last league showing against bottom of the table West Ham was another distinctly poor one and although they may have come out 1-0 winners it was only down to a late Alex Song goal, who looks set to miss this game along with long term absentees Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Manuel Almunia. However with Arsenals strong squad they look set to field a strong side most probably with Marouane Chamakh leading the line and with Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin (If deemed fit) providing support from the flanks.
This kind of line up means that Arsenal are rarely short on goals and can find them from all over the pitch, meaning a high scoring match is always probable with 12 of their last 15 games in all competitions having over 3 goals.
Newcastle League Position: 7th League Form: LLDWW
Newcastle’s return to the Tyne-Wear derby after their season in the championship was by far there best performance of the season with Captain Kevin Nolan scoring a Hat-Trick that was added to by Shola Ameobi’s 2 goals. Kevin Nolan looks a fair shout to carry on this scoring form at 14/1 on StanJames and for those of you who feel a second consecutive hat trick is on order the odds of 175/1 at PaddyPower would be foolish to miss!
The Magpies though do have one key asset who has come well this season in Andy Carroll while he didn’t get himself on the scoresheet in the derby he was there contributing and provided the assist for 4 of the 5 goals. Newcastle’s league form away from St James Park has been shaky too and their defensive frailties have been highlighted by the more skilled teams like Manchester City.
Important figures as well as Carroll though will be the midfield duo of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan who will need to put in a shift and a half if they are to overcome Arsenals strong midfield. This is where the main battles will be and it looks more likely that Arsenal will come out on top with the quality of Cesc Fabregas and England starlet Jack Wilshere shining through.
Theo Walcott First Goalscorer 6/1 Sky Bet
Kevin Nolan First Goalscorer 14/1 Stan James
Correct Score- Arsenal 3-1 10/1 Sky Bet
By John Fernandez
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