Newcastle VS Arsenal Prediction
Arsenal closed the third Premier League round in Monday evening when “The Gunners” were involved in the goalless draw against Liverpool, while in the early Saturday afternoon (midday – local time) the club from North London will travel on North East with an ambition for taking all the points from “St. James’ Park” in Newcastle.
“The Magpies” are with only 2 points in their asset, from the first 3 games but the team from Newcastle was involved in the third round opener, exactly a week before their current fixture, when last Saturday Newcastle stole a point from “Old Trafford” in Manchester. This can be easily counted for a very good result if we consider fact that the hosts from Manchester were the more dynamic team, though Newcastle had their own chances too. French signing Florian Thauvin made his Premier League debut and the former Marseille player left some good impressions, the short time during which he was on the pitch, which shows that Newcastle’s French requirement continues to attract some interesting names, as we already can see players like Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, and the French speaking Chancel Mbemba, Papiss Cisse. There are two other French players in Steve McClaren’s roster, but they are unavailable because they are still injured – Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere. However, we have a very solid Dutch presence at “St. James’ Park” and Tim Krul was certainly vital for the point which “The Geordies” have won from their visit in Manchester. Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum are the other Dutch players in Newcastle’s squad, as Janmaat is set to return on the pitch, since he was sent-off during the 0:2 loss from Swansea.
We believe that step by step Newcastle must show consistency and the team from North East England owns the potential to found its name far from its current position.
Arsenal has record from one of each possible outcomes, as “The Gunners” have 4 points won after the first three rounds which means that Arsene Wenger’s men have 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat, as their only success (except the Community Shield win over Chelsea) is the 2:1 win against Crystal Palace. So on practice Arsenal achieves more when the team plays away from its “Emirates Stadium”, while the trip to Newcastle upon Tyne will be their first match out of London in the new Premier League season.
This surely doesn’t sounds so well for Steve McClaren who will be under pressure, though his team achieved a midweek 4:1 win over Northampton Town, part from the League Cup. The 54-years-old manager of “The Magpies” can be happy from his first win in an official game but we can’t compare the Premier League priority with the domestic cups, especially when they are on so early stage and the opponents are from the lower divisions. In this case Newcastle won over a team who is on 10th position in “League Two” (fourth tier in English football) and the goals scored by Florian Thauvin, Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson will have bigger value in the Premier League. Nonetheless, any kind of success shouldn’t be underestimated and the Tuesday night victory will increase the morale of the players, especially of the new signings or of the younger players who are eager for Premier League experience.
Final conclusion, possible starting lineups and match prediction – Newcastle United vs Arsenal – Premier League 29.08.2015
Newcastle showed good defending in Manchester but as we already mentioned the team needs to show more consistency and we don’t expect the same approach from “The Magpies, although they are facing Arsenal. This time they will play at home and that’s their last game before the international break so it will be good for the mood in Newcastle’s lockery room if they can achieve result, especially if it’s against team like Arsenal.
On other side we saw two different Arsenal teams in Monday – in the first half, when Arsenal was far from convincing, though a clear goal was disallowed, but in the second half we saw real fire from “The Gunners”.
Both managers have their own injury concerns but these two squads have good squad depth and they have enough quality players who are ready and fired for Premier League football. Arsene Wenger will pick his group for Newcastle without the injured Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck, while the centre-back duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, who both have missed the game vs Liverpool, are doubtful and we may have another partnership between Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers, if the other two fail to recover on time.
Newcastle will is without the injured Paul Dummett, Curtis Good, Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere, while Siem de Jong and Moussa Sissoko are questionable, but only latter is an important figure for the team as he missed the 0:0 draw in Manchester.
In Monday evening we had a game with two great goalkeepers – Petr Cech and Simon Mignolet, as their efforts were significant for the 0:0 on the scoresheet. However, we don’t expect another low-scoring affair and our bet is for “Over 2.5 Goals” between Newcastle and Arsenal. “The Magpies” are in search of their first victory against Arsenal since November 2010, while their last home win against “The Gunners” from London dates from almost 10 years ago – December 2005.
Arsenal arrives in Newcastle after 7 successive victories against “The Magpies” and in 5 of them we have 3 or more goals, as the most remarkable from them remains the 7:3 from December 2013, while the 4:4 draw from 2011 should be remembered as well. We expect another match with 3 or more goals here and we firmly believe that it is already time for a promising beginning of a Premier League round, since the previous three opening games were with maximum 1 goal in them – all of them were featuring Manchester United.
Possible starting lineups:
Newcastle: Krul – Haidara, Mbemba, Coloccini, Janmaat – Colback, Anita – Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Sissoko – Mitrovic. (4-2-3-1)
Arsenal: Cech – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal – Coquelin, Cazorla – Ramsey, Özil, Alexis – Giroud. (4-2-3-1)
Referee: Andre Marriner.