Prediction and odds for the game: Arsenal (1/2) vs Newcastle (5/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Saturday, 9th January 2021, Kick-off 17:30
Where: The Emirates Stadium
On Saturday evening, Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup, as the home team look to continue their recent good run of form.
Mikel Arteta’s team have turned things around in recent weeks, as the Gunners have now recorded three straight victories in the Premier League. The team from north London have also improved defensively of late, as they have now kept two straight clean sheets against Brighton and West Brom.
Arsenal have hit form just at the right time to defend their FA Cup title that they won by recording a 2-1 win over London rivals Chelsea in August.
Due to the home team winning the trophy last season, having won their last six games in the competition, scoring at least two goals in their previous five matches in the cup. The team from north London have been difficult to beat at the Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup, having lost just one of their previous five matches on home soil in the competition.
Another positive for Arsenal is that they have kept four straight clean sheets against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have won 14 of their last 15 meetings with the Magpies.
Arsenal could be given a boost with the news that midfielder Thomas Partey could feature after injury. Gabriel is still expected to miss out due to COVID-19 protocol.
The Magpies are 15th place in the Premier League table, but eight points clear of the relegation zone. This competition will certainly not be visitors main priority this season, as their main aim in recent campaigns in the top-flight has seemed to be just beating the drop.
Steve Bruce’s team heads into this clash in poor form, as they are winless in six matches in all competitions, having suffered four defeats in the process. The poor recent run of results has coincided with a lack of goals, as the Magpies have scored just once in their last four outings. The lack of goals has led to four of their last five matches producing under 2.5 goals.
When it comes to the FA Cup, the visitors have enjoyed mixed fortunes of late, but three wins in their last seven outings in the competition is not a great record. They have also conceded at least two goals in their last three outings.
One positive for the north east team is that they are unbeaten in four away games in the FA Cup, although all four matches were against lower league opposition.
Things to have now clicked for Mikel Arteta’s home side and we are backing the Gunners to record a victory. Newcastle are likely to sit deep in this clash, which is part of the reason that we are also backing under 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing Arsenal to win at odds of 1/2 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 13/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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