Newcastle United vs Arsenal – 15/04/18 – 13.30 Kick off

Can Newcastle take advantage against jaded Gunners?

That’s what Rafas men aim to do this weekend at a packed St James’ Park, Arsenal will be aiming to win their 4th league game in a row, with Newcastle looking to make it 4 wins out of 5 after a recent loss to Liverpool.

A win for Newcastle would see them secure premier league survival with 5games left in the season, and now may be the opportune time to play the Gunners.

Arsenal will aim to overcome any fatigue picked up from their long week in Russia after travelling to eastern Europe for the quarter-finals of the Europa League and another journey hot on the heels of the clash with CSKA Moscow is far from ideal for Arsene Wenger and his players.

Head to Head

Arsenal, unfortunately, has a long history of being successful on both sides of this fixture, with the last 10 matchups coming out in wins, but with Rafas tactics taking some big scalps this season, this may be the instance where it finally turns in the toon army’s favour.

Team News

Newcastle

Rafael Benitez has an almost empty treatment room as he welcomes Arsenal up north, giving him the best chance at setting up his squad to match the tactics needed to stifle Arsenals attacking prowess

Only Jesus Games (ankle) is a fitness doubt but the right-back is barely featured this season.

Arsenal

For Arsene Wenger, Jack Wilshere had to be withdrawn against CSKA so will be assessed. Granit Xhaka (ill) continues to be monitored after not travelling with the squad to Moscow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Elneny has had his red card from last week overturned so if available again, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles (knock) continues to be assessed.

David Ospina (ankle), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee) and Santi Cazorla (calf) are out.

Predicted line-ups

Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez, Gayle

Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck; Aubameyang

Referee

Anthony Taylor (Manchester)

The North-West based official took charge of the home draw against Brighton this season.

Finishing up

With all those football tips and pre-game knowledge at hand whats your prediction for this weekend?

Let’s finish up with a look back at the sides last meeting.

 

 

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