Newcastle United vs Arsenal preview, team news, probable line-ups: Can the Gunners beat in-form Magpies and seal top-two finish?

PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United vs Arsenal preview, team news, probable line-ups: Can the Gunners beat in-form Magpies and seal top-two finish?

Kiplagat Sang 09:00 - 07.05.2023

The Magpies are looking to win three consecutive league home games against Arsenal for the first time since 1996.

As Newcastle United host Arsenal, both teams know they need points in order to keep their objectives at the top end of the table achievable.

The Magpies – currently third - know a win will further consolidate their position in the top four, and the Gunners – second and four points below Manchester City - want a win in order to keep the title race alive.

Newcastle have registered eight wins in their last nine games and come into this game after a comeback against Southampton. On the other hand, United are looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Brighton on Thursday.

The Magpies have won each of their last four games at St James’ Park and could ride on this form to beat Arsenal. But Arsenal, eager to keep pace with City, will also want a victory.

Team News

Eddie Howe could be forced to draft his starting XI without Sean Longstaff and Allan Saint-Maximin again.

Saint-Maximin returned and started training, but the manager might not want to risk him by fielding him against Arsenal. Longstaff, on the other hand, has not returned to training yet and remains a doubt for the Gunners’ duel.

With William Saliba still unavailable, it leaves Mikel Arteta with the option of either playing Rob Holding or Jacob Kiwior in place of the injured French centre-back.

Holding struggled in the previous games, and Kiwior was preferred against Chelsea, so eyes will be keen on whether Arteta will stick with that choice once more.

Arsenal’s defensive problems are made worse by the doubts surrounding Gabriel Magalhaes’ fitness. The Brazilian limped off during their match – and win - over Chelsea in midweek.

What are the stats saying?

Newcastle are unbeaten in each of their 12 league games against London sides this season, scoring a total of 27 goals and conceding just seven.

The Gunners are without a victory in their last three away league games (D2, L1), failing to win as many times as they did in their opening 14 top-flight fixtures on the road this season (W11, D2, L1).

The Magpies drew 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium in January and could avoid defeat in both Premier League meetings against Arsenal in a single season for the first time since 2010–11.

Leandro Trossard has assisted five Premier League away goals this season, more than any other Arsenal player - despite only making his first appearance on the road for the Gunners in February.

Predicted line-ups:

Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Dan Burn; Joelinton, Guimaraes, Willock, Murphy, Wilson, Isak.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Ben White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.