Prediction and odds for the game: Arsenal (2/5) v Newcastle (7/1)
We are backing the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/20
When: Sunday 16th February 2020, Kick-off 4:30 PM
Where: The Emirates Stadium
On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium, as both teams look to improve their league positions in the Premier League table.
The arrival of Mikel Arteta as Gunners head coach has led to a slight upturn in fortunes. However, in truth, the Catalan has not produced incredible results. The visitors may head into this clash unbeaten in five league outings, but they have drawn their last four top-flight games.
In fact, the team from North London have won just two of their last 17 games in the English top-flight. Their recent unconvincing form has left Arsenal tenth-place, six points outside the top-six and eight points away from the Champions League spots.
The Gunners recent league outings have been low-scoring, tight affairs with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last eight matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal have taken four points from their last two home matches, but have won just once in their last eight league matches at the Emirates Stadium. Drawing too many games has been their problem on home soil, as they have drawn four of those eight home games.
Newcastle are enjoying a rather strange season, as they have not played particularly well in many games, but have somehow been grinding out results. In fact, the Magpies are currently level on points with the home side, having picked up the same amount of points in the English top-flight this season. A win in north London would likely be enough to take Steve Bruce’s team into the Premier League’s top half.
Newcastle are unbeaten in four top-flight games. However, like their hosts, the Magpies have drawn too many games, drawing three of their last four matches in the English top-flight. A run of just one league win in seven games is a poor one.
Also like their opponents, Newcastle’s recent league matches have been tight affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last four matches in the Premier League.
Newcastle are poor travellers, winning just two of their last ten matches on their travels in the Premier League. The team from the north east have also failed to win in their last four away games in the top-flight. A lack of clean sheets on their travels has not helped the visitors cause of late, as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last ten away matches.
Neither of these two teams has much form to speak of unless we are talking about poor form. This game should be a tight encounter, which is why we are backing the home side to record a victory in a low-scoring encounter.
Verdict: We are backing the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10 and/or the home win at odds of 2/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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