Newcastle United are targeting their first win of the season when they play host to Arsenal at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Rafael Benitez’s team have taken just one point from their opening four fixtures in the league, while the Magpies also crashed out of the League Cup after suffering a dismal defeat against Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
Arsenal were beaten in both of their first two Premier League matches but Unai Emery’s side have claimed back-to-back wins in their most recent fixtures, against West Ham United and Cardiff City respectively.
Tottenham Hotspur won at St James’ Park on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and bet365 go 17/20 (1.85) that the Gunners match their north London rivals in beating Benitez’s team.
Newcastle were winners when these teams met at this venue last term and bet365 go 16/5 (4.20) that the hosts repeat that feat, while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that the match ends all square.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette linked up for the first time this season in the victory against Cardiff and should both start again, meaning Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to miss out again.
Joselu had to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench for Newcastle’s visit to Manchester City, but as the Magpies’ leading marksman thus far this term, the Spanish striker is pushing for inclusion this weekend.
There have been at least three goals scored in four of Newcastle’s five matches thus far this term, while Arsenal’s four fixtures have produced no fewer than 16 goals.
As such, bet365 offer 8/13 (1.62) that there are goals at both ends, while the same firm go 8/11 (1.73) that there are at least three goals scored.
Newcastle have found the net in each of their four defeats this season and that trend that could continue on Tyneside in Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners boast plenty of power in the attacking third, but Emery’s men are vulnerable and have yet to keep a clean sheet this term.
The 5/2 (3.50) quote, then, for both teams to score and Arsenal to win could put punters on a path to profit ahead of Saturday’s showdown at St James’ Park.
Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
Both teams to score and Arsenal to win at 5/2 (3.50) for a 1pt stake at bet365
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