Team news and stats ahead of Newcastle vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday (kick off 2pm).
Joe Willock is going to sit down NewcastleThe Premier League’s showdown with Arsenal under the terms of their loan deal.
The Gunners midfielder, who has scored after replacing the Magpies in each of his last three games, is not eligible to face his parent club.
Defender Fabian Schar is available after recovering from a knee injury, but defender winger Matt Ritchie is in slight doubt with a calf problem and goalkeeper Karl Darlow and midfielder Isaac Hayden (both knees), skipper Jamaal Lascelles (foot)
and winger Ryan Fraser (groin) are still missing.
Arsenal Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could again be named among the replacements as he continues his return from malaria.
Alexandre Lacazette (hamstrings) and Kieran Tierney (knee) are both back in training but the match could come too soon for the duo.
David Luiz has recovered from his own knee injury and could enter the squad with coach Mikel Arteta likely to have his eye on the Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal on Thursday.
How to follow
Newcastle vs Arsenal will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 1 p.m. kick off at 2 p.m. Sky Sports customers can watch clips of the game in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
Last time …
Jones knows the prediction …
It’ll take a brave punter to back Arsenal here at Evens with Sky Bet, eh?
There is a case to argue that Newcastle should be favorites when it comes to current form. The Gunners have won just one of their last five Premier League games, at background club Sheffield United, and if you step back, they have only won four of their last 13 league outings.
The 13/5 for a home win is very tempting with Allan Saint-Maximin in searing form and Callum Wilson likely to replace Joelinton in attack. An upgrade of monstrous proportions.
Steve Bruce skillfully negotiated the Toons out of danger, losing just one of their last eight games. Pragmatic football has been replaced by productive football. It’s also easy on the eyes, with a lot of emphasis on getting the ball quickly into dangerous areas.
This new attacking philosophy is perfectly exemplified by the fact that Newcastle have created the highest expected total goals number (8.59) of any Premier League side in the last four matches, creating 10 big chances – defined by Opta – en route. Again, no team created more.
This offensive insistence should make it an exciting game. And when I predict such a scenario, the total matchstop market grabs me. The 5/4 with Sky Bet for 27 or more should give you a good run. It’s a bet that would have landed in Newcastle’s last four games.
JONES KNOWS THE FORECAST: 2-1
BETTING ANGLE: Match to have 27 or more moves (5/4 with Sky Bet)
- Newcastle have lost 15 of their last 16 league games against Arsenal, winning the other 2-1 in April 2018.
- After losing their first three Premier League away games to Newcastle, Arsenal suffered loss in just three of their subsequent 22 visits to St James’ Park (W11 D8).
- Arsenal have won their last six meetings with Newcastle in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in their last five. It was only against Barnsley (between 1952-1998) and Blackburn (between 2003-2005) that they won six consecutive matches without conceding.
- Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet in their last 20 home games in the Premier League, in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool in December. The Magpies have both scored and conceded in their last eight home league games and are unbeaten in their last five at St James’ Park (W2 D3).
- Newcastle have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games (W2 D5), having lost eight of their 10 league games before this race (W2).
- Arsenal are undefeated in their last four away Premier League games (W2 D2), scoring three goals in each of their last two (3-3 v West Ham, 3-0 v Sheffield United). The Gunners haven’t scored at least three times in three consecutive away league games since October 2015.
- No team have conceded more goals against their side in the Premier League than Arsenal this season (4), the Gunners having lost their last league game thanks to a goal against their side of Bernd Leno. It wasn’t until 2011-12 (5) that the Gunners suffered more goals against their side in a Premier League season.
- Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in his last four appearances against Newcastle in all competitions. The last Arsenal player to score five times in a row against an opponent was Olivier Giroud against Aston Villa (6 between 2013-2016).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in Arsenal’s two encounters with Newcastle in all competitions this season – the last Arsenal player to score in three games against an opponent in the same season was Alexis Sanchez against Hull in 2014- 15.
- Newcastle’s Callum Wilson has scored in each of his first three Premier League appearances against Arsenal but has since failed to find the net in his five encounters with the Gunners in all competitions.
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