Arsenal have the chance to move up to third in the Premier League on Monday night as they host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are one of the league’s most in-form teams and after Spurs’ last-gasp loss at Liverpool on Sunday they can leapfrog their fierce North London rivals.
Keen to ensure our customers get the best offers available to them, we at Compare Betting Sites take a look Monday’s Premier League game and provide the best tips and odds on several different betting markets available.
With arguably the easiest run-in out of those in the running for a top-four spot, Arsenal are gaining plenty of support in the betting markets. Unai Emery’s side are currently a very generous 8/13 to achieve Champions League qualification with BetVictor.
Ahead of the visit of Newcastle United, Arsenal have won all six league games at home in 2019. As the league’s only side boasting a 100% home record this calendar year, Arsenal have put themselves right in the mix for the top four. Their winning streak at home now stands at nine league games. The Gunners have not won ten in a row at home in the league since their Highbury days, back in their double-winning 1997/98 season.
Incredibly, a home win on Monday night will see Arsenal match last season’s points tally with seven games to spare. Their upturn in fortunes this season has largely been down to the goal-scoring form of strike duo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. The pair have scored a combined total of 29 league goals so far this season and could both start against Newcastle United.
BoyleSports are offering fantastic first goal scorer odds on both Arsenal forwards. Back Aubameyang to score first at 3/1 or Lacazette at 4/1. Alternatively, you can back them to score at any time at odds of 5/6 or 23/20 respectively with Ladbrokes.
Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal could return for the Gunners after recovering from their respective thigh and calf injuries. Defenders, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos also face late fitness tests whilst Granit Xhaka will definitely miss out after sustaining an injury on international duty. Lucas Torreira will serve a one-match suspension.
The visitors are set to receive a defensive boost with captain, Jamaal Lascelles set to feature at the Emirates. Central defensive partner, Fabian Schar, will miss out as he completes a two-game suspension.
Head to Head
Arsenal certainly have the upper hand in recent league meetings between the sides. The Gunners have won eleven of the last twelve Premier League games between the teams, including each of the last six.
Not since November 2010 have Newcastle taken all three points away from the Emirates. Their miserable run of form now stands at one win in seventeen visits to Arsenal. Newcastle’s away form this season has been disappointing and the Magpies have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road since beating Huddersfield Town by a single goal way back on December 15th. This fixture has ended in a 1-0 home win in each of the last two seasons. A 1-0 Arsenal win is available at 8/1 with Bet365.
Mesut Ozil has often cut a frustrating figure at Arsenal this season. Despite being the best paid player in Arsenal’s history, the German international has been in and out of the first team squad all season. However, Ozil has a fine recent record against Monday’s opponents which could see him start consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December. Ozil has claimed three goals in his last four matches against Newcastle United. There will be plenty of support for the German to score at any time at odds of 3/1 with Unibet.
After Cardiff City’s defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, Newcastle United’s relegation worries have eased. The Magpies now hold a commanding seven-point lead over the bottom three with just seven games to play. Manager, Rafa Benitez, believes his side are now just one win from guaranteeing their place amongst England’s elite for another season but has challenged his side to claim that win sooner rather than later.
Benitez explained, “We know we have to win maybe just one more game [to be safe]. But if we can't win the next one, we just have to keep going. I will not put us under pressure. We just need to stay calm and focus on the next game, then see what happens.”
Match Odds (courtesy of Betfair):
Arsenal - 4/11
Draw - 4/1
Newcastle United - 8/1
Monday’s game marks the start of a crucial month for Arsenal. The Gunners will play eight games throughout April that will shape their entire season. After their home game against Newcastle United, Arsenal travel to Everton whilst they also face league games against Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Wolves (a) and Leicester City (a). Additionally, they will take on Italian giants, Napoli, in a two-legged UEFA Europa League quarter final.
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