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Newcastle United vs Arsenal match preview
Safe to say, these two teams endured contrasting night’s in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, so will that have any baring on how this clash plays out?
Arsenal’s hopes of lifting the League Cup for the first time since 1993 went up in flames at the London Stadium, hammered 3-1 by West Ham, putting in, by some distance, their most lacklustre performance of the season.
In stark contrast, last season’s runners-up Newcastle hammered Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, with Miguel Almirón, Lewis Hall and Joe Willock all on target.
Having knocked out Man City and Man United, the Magpies have been handed yet another tough draw in the quarter-finals, traveling to Chelsea six days before Christmas.
Before then, buoyed by that win, Eddie Howe’s team will be confident of picking up three points from this one.
Last weekend, the Toon Army saw their side held to a 2-2 draw at Molineux; Callum Wilson twice giving his team the lead in the first half, only for Wolves to equalise both times.
This does mean Newcastle are now unbeaten in six Premier League matches, thereby climbing up to sixth.
Arsenal meantime are second, seven points better off, having smashed Sheffield United 5-0 a week ago, with Eddie Nketiah bagging his first-ever Premier League hat-trick, doing so in spectacular fashion.
Mikel Arteta’s team remain unbeaten, just two points below surprise leaders Spurs, who they would leapfrog with a victory on Tyneside, even if only for 48 hours or so.
Nevertheless, recent underwhelming performances, and the mid-week EFL Cup exit, mean supporters remain concerned about Arsenal’s trajectory.
The Gunners have a very good recent-record at St James’ Park, winning eight of their last ten visits, including a very impressive 2-0 victory there last May.
However, this is of course a very different Newcastle United team these days, so will they make home advantage count?
Newcastle United team news
Eddie Howe named a very mix-and-match XI for Wednesday’s win at Old Trafford, with Martin Dúbravka, Tino Livramento, Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett, Lewis Hall and Matt Ritchie all given rare starts.
Matt Targett hobbled off just five minutes into that one, so joins Sven Botman, Elliot Anderson, Jacob Murphy, Harvey Barnes and Alexander Isak in the treatment room, while Sandro Tonali’s ten-month ban has begun.
Given the latter, Joe Willock’s return to fitness is timely, marking his first start of the season with a goal against Man United, a feat he’ll be desperate to repeat against his former side.
Fellow-midfielder Bruno Guimarães would miss next Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth if booked here.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schär, Burn; Guimarães, Longstaff, Joelinton; Almirón, Gordon, Wilson.
Arsenal team news
Mikel Arteta was furious after the League Cup defeat at West Ham, seemingly displeased with the contributions of fringe players such as Aaron Ramsdale, Jakub Kiwior, Fábio Vieira and Reiss Nelson.
Emile Smith Rowe started a Premier League game for the first time in 530 days last weekend, but suffered a knee injury against Sheffield United that’ll keep him out for six weeks.
Declan Rice received a mixed reception upon his first return to East London, while he William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Ødegaard will all return to the XI here.
As was the case for the win over Manchester City, Arteta is likely to bring in Jorginho, who was man of the match at St James’ last season, alongside Rice, chosen over the continuing conundrum that is Kai Havertz.
Similarly, at left-back, Takehiro Tomiyasu has been getting the nod over Oleksandr Zinchenko for recent, tough away games, so expect to see the Japanese international on the team sheet here.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Rice, Jorginho, Ødegaard, Saka, Martinelli; Nketiah.