Arsenal vs. Newcastle, Saturday 27 November 14:30
Arsenal vs. Newcastle, Saturday 27 November 14:30

After a disastrous trip to Anfield last week that saw the Gunners losing 4-0 to Liverpool, Arteta’s men remain in fifth place on the table with 20 points. It was their first loss in 12 matches across all leagues and their first loss in eight EPL matches. Last week was also the first time they failed to find the net since their goalless draw with Brighton at the beginning of October and they are now the fourth lowest scoring team in the league with only 13 goals this season. We all knew it wasn’t going to be an easy clash against the Reds, but it’s still disappointing that their impressive recovery run since their poor start to the season had to come to an end. The Gunners now have a record comprising of six wins, two draws and four loss and they have the perfect opportunity to get their campaign back on track when they take on the worst team in the league on Saturday. Prior to last week Arsenal defeated Wolves 1-0 at the Emirates, won 2-0 away to Leicester, won 3-1 at home to Aston Villa and drew 2-2 at home to Crystal Palace.

The Magpies managed to avoid another defeat last week then they drew 3-3 with Brentford at St. James’ Park. It was a slight improvement for Newcastle, but they still have a long way to go and remain winless this season. The now have a record of 0 wins, six draws and six losses and are firmly at the bottom of the table with just six points. Despite being last in the league, Newcastle have a semi-respectable goal tally this season (15) and have managed to find the net in all but two of their fixtures so far. However, along with Norwich their defense has been the worst in the league and have let in a total of 27 goals. With an average of more than two goals conceded per match things don’t look good for the Magpies and unless they can somehow dramatically improve their defense in the remainder of the season I don’t see them finishing anywhere outside of the relegation zone. Newcastle are still looking to pick up their first clean sheet in the EPL this season, but I think it’s unlikely that we will see it on Saturday against a team like Arsenal.

In the last five matches between the two teams in the EPL Arsenal have completed dominated and won all five clashes. The last time these two sides met was at St. James’ Park in May which saw Aubameyang and Elneny help the Gunners to a 2-0 victory. Arsenal also came out on top with a 3-0 win when the two teams last met at the Emirates in January this year and you will have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last time Newcastle managed to pull off a win in London.


This match looks like it should be a straight-forward victory for Arsenal. Although Arsenal aren’t exactly amazing with scoring goals this season I feel like they should have enough to get the victory on Saturday. Newcastle’s defense is just terrible this season and there have been no signs of improvement. I do expect Newcastle to find the net in this match as they have been doing in almost every match this season, but I can’t see their defense holding up and the Gunners should outscore them in this match. For this reason I am going to go with Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals, as well as both teams to score and over 2.5 goals. Both bets are available at just under even money and I see them landing comfortably. I’m also going to have another crack at Emile Smith-Rowe to score a goal in the match since he has been the most consistent for the Gunners with three goals in his last four starts for his team.

BetOlimp Best Bets

Total Goals/Result: Arsenal and total 2.5 over – 1.95
Both teams to score and total: yes and total 2.5 over – 1.94
Anytime Goalscorer: Emile Smith-Rowe – 3.15

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