Match date: 02 Jan 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Premier League
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 1 (-1.5 AH)
| Match result:
1-0 - Lost
Arsenal will host Newcastle in 20th round of English Premier league. Arsenal is coming to this match after victory in previous round over Bournemouth at home 2:0 and managed to reach 1st position at the table. They now must go for a victory in order to retain their leading position and for sure are capable to achieve positive outcome here. Arsenal is playing very good football in this season, they are one of main pretenders for the title and also among most effective teams in league with 33 goals scored. Arsenal has really great team and for sure will try to start 2016 with another victory, in last 8 matches against Newcastle they manged to celebrate. They suffered only four defeats so far in Premier league, only one was at home in 1st round against West Ham, while achieved 12 victories, most in league and got three draws. Arsenal can be satisfied with their results so far, they are at 1st position in Premier league, in Champions league managed to reach knockout stage and now must give their best to continue with good results. Coach Arsene Venger still has a lot of injury concerns, midfielders Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coqualin, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, forwards Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are still out of action while defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in doubt due to slight injury.
Newcastle on the other hand is in pretty bad form, they are coming here after defeat in previous round against West Brom on the road while before that were defeated against Everton at home. They are at 18th position at the table in relegation zone and they must improve their form in order to keep their Premier league status for the next season. They achieved only four victories in this campaign, got five draws and suffered ten defeats. They have one of the worst defenses in league and so far conceded 34 goals while didn't impressed with goal scoring skills. Previous campaign Newcastle ended at 15th position and they would be satisfied to repeat that result but they must improve their performances in order to get out of relegation zone. They are struggling to find their form in this campaign and it will be very hard for them to achieve positive outcome against one of the strongest sides in league. As for absent players, goalkeeper Tim Krul, defenders Curtis Good, Steven Taylor, Jamaal Lascelles, Massadio Haidara, Michel Williamson, midfielder Rolando Aarons, attacking midfielder Gabriel Obertan and forwards Papiss Demba Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere will all miss this match due to injuries, goalkeeper Robert Elliot is in doubt due to a his fitness problems while defensive midfielder Vurnon Anita is having problems with slight injury and his appearance is in doubt.
Arsenal is in good form, they must go for a victory here in order to retain their leading position and for sure will give their best to achieve another positive outcome in front of their fans in this campaign and continue with good results, while Newcastle is in terrible shape and if they don't improve their form it will be very hard to get out from relegation zone and I expect that hosts will achieve convincing victory here.