Premier League 2019-20 – Newcastle vs Arsenal Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Newcastle vs Arsenal kick off? Sunday 11th August, 14:00 (UK)

Where is Newcastle vs Arsenal being played? St. James' Park

What television channel is Newcastle vs Arsenal on in the UK? Sky Sports Premier League

Where can I stream Newcastle vs Arsenal in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Newcastle vs Arsenal?

Newcastle - https://book.nufc.co.uk/en-GB/categories/Home%20Tickets

Arsenal - https://www.arsenal.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last six meetings: Newcastle W1, Arsenal W5
All-time meetings: Newcastle W67, Arsenal W77, D38

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE

Predicted line-up (5-3-2): Dubravka; Javi Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Schar, Ritchie; Hayden, Shelvey, Longstaff; Almiron, Joelinton

Unavailable: Colback (Injured), Lejeune (Injured), Gayle (Injured), Atsu (Injured)

Doubtful: Yedlin (Injured), Ritchie (Injured)

  • Newcastle come into the season without manager Rafa Benitez who left the club when his contract expired and decided to move to China.
  • After the solid job done by Benitez, Steve Bruce is the man selected to replace the Spaniard although the choice has been derided by fans, and Bruce is expected to employ a 5-3-2 formation based on pre-season friendlies.
  • Rondon and Ayoze Perez have both left the club so the big-money summer signing Joelinton will lead the attack with support from Almiron, while fellow new signing Saint-Maximin is likely to be on the bench for this opening game.

ARSENAL

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal; Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi; Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Unavailable: Bellerin (Injured), Tierney (Injured), Kolasinac (Personal reasons), Ozil (Personal reasons)

Doubtful: Holding (Injured), Mavropanos (Injured), Lacazette (Injured), Pepe (Injured), Dani Ceballos (Injured)

  • Arsenal and boss Unai Emery are under pressure already even before the season has started after a hugely disappointing campaign last season.
  • The club have made a couple of signings but club captain Laurent Koscielny rocked the club in the summer by demanding a transfer away.
  • With Ozil, Lacazette and Aubameyang, they have plenty of firepower once again but question marks remain over their defence even with the signings of Tierney who is injured and David Luiz.

THE PREDICTION

Fans of both of these teams have not been particularly impressed with transfer activity nor the performances of the team in recent times and the pressure is on early. Arsenal will be confident of outscoring the hosts here, and it may prove to be something of a shootout based on the two defences.

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