Newcastle United vs Arsenal
EPL Match Day One Preview With 22Bet
The Premier League is finally back, and Newcastle United welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park in what should be an intriguing opening match of the season for both clubs. The new UK sports betting site 22BET offers a look at the match preview, along with a betting prediction.
It has been a difficult summer in Newcastle for fans as they watched their beloved manager Rafael Benitez depart the club for China, while long-serving forward Ayoze Perez also swapped the Toon for Leicester City. However, while they lost the Spaniard, they were able to quickly replace him with the highly-touted youngster Joelinton. The former Hoffenheim striker joined Newcastle for a club-record fee of £40 million, but the Brazilian will be expected to hit the ground running.
The 22-year-old scored eight goals in 22 appearances in the Bundesliga last term, and new manager Steve Bruce will be hoping that he can net at least ten in his debut season in the Premier League. The Gunners will also be showing off a new signing in Dani Ceballos, who joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
The Spaniard will be expected to fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and create the chances for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. It is a crucial season for the Gunners as Unai Emery is expected to get the North London club back into the Champions League, and you would expect them to build on solid pre-season results and get off to a winning start.
Head to Head
Arsenal holds the clear advantage over Newcastle having won on 77 occasions. Meanwhile, the Toon have only tasted victory on 67 occasions. Lasts season’s fixtures were dominated by the Gunners, with Emery’s team winning 2-1 at St James’ Park, before completing the double with a 2-0 win at the Emirates in April.
The Gunners are rightly the favourite with 22Bet to beat Newcastle, and they should have few problems on their Premier League bow. Aubameyang and Lacazette could both get on the score sheet, as Newcastle’s likely defensive game plan leaves them exposed.