Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 5/6
In what is a real showdown at the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal will welcome Newcastle to the Emirates on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, putting on another clinical display when signing off 2022, there is no doubt that the mood in Arsenal’s camp is at a red-hot high. Eventually claiming an action-packed 4-2 victory away at Brighton, Mikel Arteta’s youngsters have their sights set on making real history this season. Opening up Tuesday’s showdown at the Emirates holding a commanding seven-point buffer at the top of the table, the Gunners have only continued on a remarkable purple patch on either side of the World Cup break. Now winning each of their last five Premier League outings and gaining a fearsome reputation for their clinical displays in the final third, it should also be noted that Arsenal have suffered just a single top-flight defeat this season. Now bagging seven strikes in their back-to-back showdowns since returning from the festive break, Arteta’s side will be desperate to lay down another marker in north London here.
Now bagging back-to-back Premier League strikes, Eddie Nketiah will once again lead Arsenal’s attack on Tuesday night. The England U21 international will be joined by Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
However, along with Gabriel Jesus who is set to miss the rest of January after undergoing knee surgery, the Gunners will also be without Emile Smith Rowe here.
As for the visitors, while Newcastle might have been disappointed after settling for a 0-0 stalemate at home against Leeds over the weekend, that result shouldn’t dampen the mood in their camp. Although Eddie Howe’s side might have simply been looking to maintain their Premier League status last season, the Magpies now have a stunning Champions League finish at the top of their agenda. Still battling it out in the top-four chase, the former Bournemouth boss has seen his side gain a string of plaudits this time around. With their 2-1 defeat away at Anfield back on August 31st the only top-flight loss that they have suffered this season, Newcastle have also gained a reputation for their rugged displays at the back. Once again keeping a clean sheet at home against Leeds a few days ago, Tuesday’s guests have now come away from each of their last five domestic showdowns unscathed.
Newcastle have confirmed that they will once again be without the likes of Alexander Isak, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Targett, Emil Krafth and Paul Dummett on Tuesday night.
Once again having to settle for a spot on the bench against Leeds, England international Callum Wilson should be in for a full recall here.
Key Factors to Consider
- When the two sides last faced off back on May 15th, Newcastle picked up a 2-0 victory at St. James’ Park.
- Both Arsenal and Newcastle have suffered just a single Premier League defeat so far this season.
- Newcastle have recorded a clean sheet in each of their previous five domestic showdowns across all formats.
- Arsenal have won each of their last 10 straight Premier League matchups at the Emirates – a run that stems back to April 9th.
- Likewise, Newcastle have taken 13 points from their last five Premier League contests away from St. James’ Park.
In what is a real battle at the top of the Premier League table on Tuesday night, neutrals will be hoping for a lively affair at the Emirates. However, while Newcastle might be riding quite the wave of momentum, Howe’s high-flying squad will know that they face a huge challenge in north London. With Arsenal now holding a commanding seven-point buffer at the top of the table, the Gunners have also continued on a remarkable flurry in the capital. Winning each of their last 10 straight top-flight showdowns at the Emirates – a run that stems back to the start of April – Arteta’s youngsters will be desperate to lay down another title marker here. Although Tuesday’s hosts should face a rugged test against a Newcastle side dreaming of a top-four finish, we’re backing a home victory in midweek.
Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 5/6