Arsenal vs. Newcastle: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV InfoMarch 31, 2019
Arsenal and Newcastle United supporters will have to wait until Monday to see their teams back in Premier League action, with the pair set to meet at the Emirates Stadium to close out Week 32.
The Gunners went into the gameweek's fixtures in fourth spot, having picked up big wins in the top flight against Manchester United and then Stade Rennais in the UEFA Europa League.
But with United winning against Watford on Saturday, Arsenal find themselves back down in fifth, while Chelsea also have the chance to pull level on points with the Gunners on Sunday, when they visit Cardiff City.
Newcastle supporters will be able to enjoy a relaxing end to the campaign, as their team is seven points clear of the drop zone. It will be intriguing to see whether the famously pragmatic Rafael Benitez opts for a more open approach in north London with that in mind.
Arsenal win (2-5)
Newcastle Win (17-2)
Odds available via Oddschecker.
Date: Monday, April 1
Time: 8 p.m. (BST), 3 p.m. (ET)
TV Info: Sky Sports Main Event (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), NBC Sports app (U.S.)
Although a lot of teams would have been pleased to see the international break come along after a gruelling spell of the season, it arguably came at the worst possible time for Arsenal.
Having beaten Manchester United in the Premier League to move into fourth spot, they then turned around their Europa League last-16 clash with Stade Rennais. A 3-0 win in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium saw them into the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.
After a campaign of ups and downs, Unai Emery appears to have found a formula for his side.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to score twice in the Europa League win, with his second goal prompting this memorable celebration:
Following on from his penalty miss in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on March 2, the Gabon striker has responded well.
He slotted from the spot in the win over United and was a huge threat throughout against Rennes; he was unfortunate not to complete a hat-trick. As Squawka Football highlighted, Aubameyang has added to his reputation as one of the game's best marksmen this term:
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Emery has fielded attacking lineups in both of Arsenal's previous games, and that approach appears to suit the team:
Newcastle have performed above expectations again this season and can go into the remainder of the games knowing they are under little pressure.
With 35 points accrued, another couple of positive results will be enough to ensure they will be playing Premier League football again next season. Those fans making the long trip to the capital on Monday would love to see them secure a memorable win to add the gloss on another solid campaign.
It's another excellent job done by Newcastle boss Benitez. Tifo Football's video took a closer look at his approach:
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As Benitez guides Newcastle towards Premier League safety, that is all but secure now, it’s perhaps fair to say that Benitez is showing the benefits of pragmatism. @AFHStewart on Rafa Benitez, Newcastle & the benefits of pragmatism: https://t.co/PAns1vPqdh #WhiteboardFootball https://t.co/dTlWrkd0uW
It would be a big shock if Newcastle did anything other than sit deep and look to contain their more illustrious opponents on Monday, meaning it may be an arduous opening to the game.
Still, Arsenal are a strong side on home soil, with 13 wins from 16 Premier League matches at the Emirates Stadium this season. The ingenuity and incision they have in attacking areas will see them to an important win.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle