Newcastle v Arsenal
Newcastle United will be looking to continue their impressive run of form when they host title-chasing Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Sunday, May 7th. With just five Premier League games remaining in their campaign, Newcastle are poised to reach the pinnacle of European football with a return to the continental competition.
The last time St. James’ Park witnessed a European night was back in 2012/13, and with a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League within touching distance, Newcastle will not be taking their foot off the pedal against the Gunners. An impressive eight wins from nine Premier League games (with only one loss) goes some way to proving Newcastle’s weight, a run that includes a 6-1 home destruction of Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham.
These two sides interestingly met at an almost identical stage of the season in the last campaign, and with Newcastle running out 2-0 winners to decimate Arsenal’s top-four hopes, they will hope footballing karma doesn’t return the favour this term. However, they know they have a tough task ahead of them against an Arsenal side that could potentially win the title.
After a wobble of four Premier League games without a victory (with three draws and one loss), Arsenal finally got back to winning ways in midweek, beating Chelsea 3-1 to show title rivals Man City that they’re still alive and kicking. However, trailing City by a point having played a game more, things aren’t looking great in Arsenal’s title quest, but a defiant boss Mikel Arteta insists his side “still have belief” they can go on and lift the trophy later this month.
Having suffered just two defeats from their last 15 visits to St. James’ Park (with nine wins and four draws), Arteta’s side ought to have belief they can at the very least keep the pressure on City.
Newcastle United will be banking on their star striker, Callum Wilson, to continue his red-hot form. With five goals from his last three Premier League outings, four of which arrived after the break, Wilson is in fine form. He set a new record for the most Premier League goals scored by a Newcastle player in a single month, leaving the great Alan Shearer in his wake. He will be looking to add to his tally against Arsenal and help his team secure a vital win.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to their attacking players to deliver the goods on Sunday. Martin Ødegaard has hit a purple patch himself, scoring 4 goals in his last 4 appearances.
No side has kept more Premier League away clean sheets than Arsenal’s nine this season – almost twice as many as any other side. This is a testament to their defensive solidity and a big reason why they are still in the race for the title. They face a strong opponent in the shape of Newcastle, who have scored 22 goals in their last 7 outings.
Prediction: 2-2. 11/1 @ Quinnbet