Our resident betting expert is predicting plenty of goals at the Emirates, tipping both sides to score as Arsenal look to move to within a point of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Robin van Persie is the Premier League’s top scorer with a staggering 25 goals in 27 appearances. The Dutch striker has been Arsenal’s talisman this season, and in the seven games in which the 28-year-old has opened the scoring, the Gunners have gone on to claim victory. So, Van Persie to score first and Arsenal to beat Newcastle is excellent value at 5/2.
Arsenal have been involved in some thrillers in recent weeks, including a 5-2 victory over Spurs and a 7-1 win against Blackburn – not to mention the 3-0 triumph over AC Milan last Tuesday. Meanwhile, Newcastle have struggled on their travels, losing 5-0 to Tottenham, suffering a 5-2 defeat by Fulham and a 3-1 reversal at Anfield. Over 2.5 goals is clearly a value bet in this one at 4/7.
Arsène Wenger has turned the Gunners’ Premier League season around in impressive fashion in recent weeks. The London outfit are favourites to secure the final Champions League spot for next season, and lie a mere point behind third-placed Spurs. Arsenal have won their last three home games by at least a three-goal margin, so Wenger’s side to beat the Magpies by two goals or more is a solid shout at 21/20.
Arsenal have managed to keep just one clean sheet in the league this calendar year – a stalemate with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium. Meanwhile, Newcastle have kept only one clean sheet in their last six games, coming in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park. With the prolific Van Persie and Demba Ba leading the attacks, the Tipster is backing both sides to score at 8/11.
Arsenal’s captain has thrived against Newcastle in the past two seasons, managing a two-goal haul in two of his last four appearances against the Magpies. Van Persie has already hit seven braces and two hat-tricks in all competitions, so this edition’s long-range pile-driver is for the Dutch forward to score three or more goals against Newcastle at a tempting 9/1.
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