Unai Emery is up and running at Arsenal, with the Spaniard having overseen victories over West Ham and Cardiff City following two early defeats.
Losing against Manchester City and Chelsea didn’t exactly spark a crisis considering they could be the top two teams in England this season, although Emery will have felt a lot happier going into the international break with points on the board.
The Gunners now bid to land a third win on the bounce when they head to St James’ Park, with all of the best bookmakers going odds-on about the London team and the best price available is 10/11 with William Hill.
This price implies that Arsenal have a greater than 50% chance of winning this match although we’re not sure if that probability is correct based on the fact that the visitors have conceded in all four games to date.
The 3-2 win at Cardiff was impressive from an attacking point-of-view, although this was the first match of the season where the Bluebirds found the net, with Neil Warnock’s side getting plenty of joy when it came to putting crosses into the box.
Newcastle to Keep Things Similar
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Newcastle adopted a similar strategy and the Magpies have actually started the season well despite only having one point to show for their endeavours thus far.
United are 7/2 with bet365 to win this encounter and they came close to landing a point against Tottenham and Chelsea where they were on the wrong end of 2-1 scorelines. They missed a late penalty to win at Cardiff and only lost by the odd goal away to Manchester City.
Therefore, we’re seeing some compact defensive performances from Newcastle and Unibet has 11/4 that the game ends all square which is a far better price than the odds-on that an Arsenal team with a shaky defence claim the three points.
The Magpies might not be pretty on the eye although they are obstinate opponents and Benitez might continue with three central defenders which has Jamaal Lascelles as the lynchpin and he’s likely to be tasked with taming the lively Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette Looking Good
Lacazette was initially playing second fiddle at the start of the season, although the Frenchman was the brightest player for the Gunners at Cardiff and he catches the eye at 7/1 with Betfair to score the opening goal of this game.
Emery will be aware of the tactics that Benitez is trying to employ in matches like this and it could be all about grinding out a victory should one happen, with Arsenal 17/2 with bet365 to claim a 1-0 win and head back to London with three consecutive wins under their belt.
However, there’s no getting away from the fact that the home side are the value play and bet365 offer an outstanding 16/1 that the Toon Army are celebrating a 1-0 win at the final whistle. This is the target for every Newcastle home game and they have not been disgraced against three better teams than the Gunners.
Alternatively, you can get with the Tyneside outfit on the Asian Handicap where Newcastle +0.5 is actually available at odds-against. Unibet go 42/21 about the Magpies landing either a draw or a win and that definitely has a greater than 50% likelihood of happening.