Arsenal v Newcastle Tips & Betting Preview

Patience may be key as Arsenal prepare to break down Rafa's Magpies.

Ryan Elliott
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Thu, 28 Mar, 3:08 PM

Arsenal vs. Newcastle

Arsenal has been outstanding at The Emirates this season, and I expect them to continue their strong run of form against an improving Newcastle side on Monday.

Though Arsenal has won nine in a row at home, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side rarely make themselves easy to beat, and this ties in with my first tip of the evening: the score to be 0-0 at half-time.

Newcastle has gone into the break goalless 12 times this season – making this their favourite half-time scoreline by some distance – while Arsenal has been drawing 0-0 at half-time in five of their home matches this season.

Games involving the Magpies often aren’t pretty, and Rafa will happily go and stink The Emirates out, making this a tempting little bet.

Just 40% of Newcastle’s away games have seen over 2.5 goals this season, while the number is just 44% for Arsenal at The Emirates.

With this in mind, I’m backing Arsenal to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored.

Considering the statistics, and The Gunners’ home record, $4.20* is a very tasty price for a low-key but functional home win.

My final tip is for the angriest man in football – Matt Ritchie – to be carded at any time.

The Newcastle wide man has seen yellow eight times this season and is a good price to be shown yet another card.

Considering he’s always in a state of furious distress, he’s generally one to consider in this market.

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