Two of last season’s top four go head to head Saturday tea time as Arsenal travel to face Newcastle United.
Newcastle United twice led but were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw away to Wolves last weekend, with Callum Wilson scoring both for the visiting side.
They embarrassed Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup midweek though, easing to victory despite a heavily rotated side.
Arsenal were eliminated from the competition, losing 3-1 away to London rivals West Ham United.
Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as they eased past the bottom side Sheffield United in the league last weekend and they sit second on goals scored.
Premier League form: Newcastle United W3 D2 L0; Arsenal W3 D2 L0
Premier League top scorers
Newcastle United – Callum Wilson 7 goals
Arsenal – Eddie Nketiah 5 goals
Arsenal took four points off Newcastle United last season, including an impressive 2-0 win at St.James’ Park.
Martin Odegaard opened the scoring which was doubled through a Fabian Schar own goal.
Last five Premier League meetings
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 2 – 07/05/23
Arsenal 0 Newcastle United 0 – 03/01/23
Newcastle United 2 Arsenal 0 – 16/05/22
Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0 – 27/11/21
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 2 – 02/05/21
Sven Botman has been ruled out for a prolonged period of time, meaning Jamal Lascelles will likely continue in the heart of Newcastle’s defence.
Given their numerous absentees, most of Newcastle’s side picks itself at the moment.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has struggled this season and could drop out for the Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Odegaard has been playing through an injury, but is expected to captain the side on Saturday.
Expected starting XI’s
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Lascelles, Schar, Burn; Guimaraes, Joelinton, Longstaff; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon
Arsenal (4-3-3): Raya; White, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu; Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
Newcastle have a lengthy injury list and I just fancy an away win here
Correct Score: 0-1
Hasn’t been a great amount of goals in recent meetings between the two, with just eight in the last five matches
Anytime Goalscorer: Martin Odegaard
He scored in the fixture last year and shares the penalty kick responsibilities with Bukayo Saka