Without winning three rounds of the English Championship and plummeting on the leaderboard, Arsenal seeks reaction on Saturday, December 16. He will receive Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium in London, threatened with relegation. The match is part of the eighteenth round of the Premier League 2017/2018, the penultimate round of the first round, and kicks off at 13.00CET.
Arsenal’s recent performance
The Gunners were in the front pack of the competition and undefeated in their dominions until they suffered a defeat in the classic for Manchester United, 3-1 in the fifteenth round. Since then they have not been able to win. They tied with Southampton (1 to 1) at St. Mary’s and West Ham (0-0) at London’s Olympic stadium.
With this, they ended up falling to the seventh position. With 30 points (nine wins, three draws and five losses), they left the qualifying zone for European tournaments. Facing a team at the bottom of the table is the opportunity to improve your situation.
The title dispute is considered out of the question. Manchester City, the leader, has 19 points more. However, the fight for the Champions League berth, which presents Tottenham closing the possible runners-up in fourth place, with 31 points, is open.
For this the coach Arséne wenger may be able to count on the return of striker Théo Walcott (three matches in the English Championship 2017/2018). An injury took him from the last two games. It still depends on a new medical evaluation to know if it will be released. However, even if this happens, the greatest possibility is that it is related to the reservation bank.
It’s not the only medical problem on the team. Midfielder Aaron Ramsay (15 games, three goals) suffered a thigh injury that took him out of the game against West Ham on Wednesday, Dec. 13, and is expected to remain out of the team.
The current form of Newcastle
Newcastle’s situation is even worse. After spending a season in the Second Division, the club is threatened to return to the Championship. With 15 points (four wins, three draws and ten losses), it occupies the sixteenth place. It’s just one point more than Crystal Palace, which opens the relegation zone in eighteenth position.
By being beaten at home on Wednesday by 1-0 to Everton, Newcastle completed eight games without a win. There were seven defeats in that sequence. The fall still has an effect on Saturday’s showdown. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey (13 matches in the 2017/2018 season without a goal) has been sent off at the second half and will have to complete automatic suspension.
It is possible that it is not the only casualty to be administered by Spanish coach Rafa Benitez. In injury recovery, Welsh defender Paul Dummett (a game, no goal) still depends on positioning the medical department to see if he will be released.
History of the matches Arsenal vs Newcastle
Arsenal won the last nine matches against Newcastle. The undefeated series, however, reaches 11 games, with two draws early in the period. Newcastle have not beaten the Gunners since 2010.
Although not a capable team, Arsenal shows a consistent pattern of performances. Thus, playing at home against an opponent in free fall, should be indicated as a better guess. Has a prize of 1.25 in Rivalo. Draw has a price of 5.70. Successful visitor multiplies the investment by 12.00.