Newcastle United vs ArsenalEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 May 16, 2022, St James' Park
ARSENAL will be looking to bounce back from a bruising North London derby defeat when they square off with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Monday night.
The Gunners were torn apart 3-0 by their cross-city rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, on a night where my team goals tip copped.
Despite that setback, Mikel Arteta’s men remain masters of their own destiny with just two rounds of fixtures left to play.
Having said that, by the time they take to the field on Tyneside, Arsenal will be trailing Antonio Conte’s team in the table following Tottenham's hard-fought 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.
As for Newcastle, they have made huge strides since January when they were languishing in the relegation zone, with only Liverpool and Manchester City accumulating more points than the Magpies during that period.
Whilst Eddie Howe’s men put up little resistance in a 5-0 loss at Man City last time out, they have proved a tough nut to crack on home turf since the turn of the year.
Despite winning five of their last six Premier League home matches, Newcastle United enter this contest as 17/5 (SBK) outsiders while the draw is also deemed unlikely at 37/13 (SBK) with the same firm.
Arsenal, who have triumphed in 17 of their last 19 tussles with the Toon, are 8/9 favourites with SBK to extend that sequence on Monday night.
Arsenal are worthy favourites here but they are unlikely to have things all their own way so I’ll head to the Bet Builder market and combine Newcastle to score and Newcastle with a +1 start on the handicap at 6/5 with William Hill.
As already alluded to, Newcastle have been transformed under the tutelage of Eddie Howe, having avoided defeat in 12 of their last 17 league games.
What’s more, only Liverpool and Man City have emerged from St James’ Park with all three points since Howe took the reins back in November, with the former Bournemouth boss steering his side to six wins and four draws across his other ten home games in charge.
It’s also worth pointing out that the Magpies have made the net bulge at least once in 15 of their 18 Premier League matches this season and they possess plenty of attacking talent that could cause problems for Mikel Arteta’s makeshift backline.
The Gunners chief isn’t without his defensive injury and suspension issues to seek, not to mention the Londoners have leaked at least one goal in each of their last nine league games.
With that in mind, as well as the fact that the above-mentioned Bet Builder has banked in 10 of Newcastle’s last 12 Premier League home matches, supporting the same selection on Monday night stands out at 6/5 with William Hill.
Elsewhere, I’ll also dip into the anytime goalscorer market and have a speculative punt on Newcastle defender Dan Burn to score anytime at 18/1 with SBK.
Given Arsenal’s aforementioned defensive issues coupled with their lack of height, the 6 ft 7 Newcastle centre-back could be worth some interest to grab a goal at a bold price.
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