Premier League leaders Arsenal have a chance to clear the top 10 points when they face Newcastle on Tuesday. It’s the perfect start to a series of matches against Tottenham and Manchester United before the end of January. But they could face a severe test on another amazing side near the summit. Newcastle are undefeated in his flight, his top since August, and sits his third in the table.
Eddie Howe’s side have the best defensive record in the Premier League, but Arsenal are just second. Importantly, the Gunners have scored a lot too, but will that be enough to secure the all-important three points? Here’s how to watch the game and what to know.
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- date: Tuesday, January 3 | time: 2:45 PM ET
- position: Emirates Stadium, London
- tv set: USA | Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)
- Odds: Arsenal -133; subtract +270. Newcastle +360 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured games | | Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Arsenal: Memories of the disastrous result at St James’ Park last season, when a 0-2 defeat squandered Mikel Arteta’s side from a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League, will be remembered, especially for the jubilation Newcastle celebrated. It never faded. Their spoiling role.
Still, Arsenal have changed since then, especially defensively, and the addition of Oleksandr Zinchenko has given him the control and security against counters that his new team could have in May. William Saliba has also added authority to his defense despite having struggled since returning from the World Cup.
Newcastle: The 0-0 draw with Leeds on New Year’s Eve was a spectacular match for Howe. It’s one of the first games this season where his opponents seem set up just to defend the Magpies. On the “Big Six” team. Whether or not they deserve such a lofty firm may become clear in the Emirates.
“I think we can learn a lot,” Howe said. “I think it’s going to be an engaging, high-level match that will be a very good test of how far we’ve come…I think they were already on an improvement journey last season, but Arsenal have continued to improve. It’s that moment.I saw a lot of works this year and was very impressed.”
Two impressive teams present themselves with plenty of difficulty, but Arsenal may just be sprinkling their last-third prowess to overshadow the game. Choose: Arsenal 2, Newcastle 1.