- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in 14 of Newcastle’s 20 competitive games this season
- Arsenal have scored one or fewer goals in 12 of their last 14 domestic assignments.
- Arsenal have beaten Newcastle to nil in each of the clubs’ last three meetings.
Arsenal favourites to progress
Last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal begin the defence of their silverware with what looks a winnable home game against Newcastle in the competition’s Third Round, though the Gunners are unlikely to blow the Magpies away.
Arsenal emerged from a harrowing Autumn period to win their last three matches on the bounce, relieving some of the pressure on Mikel Arteta in the process, and their string of victories over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom should set the Gunners up for another win this weekend.
Despite their recent resurgence – which has been led from the front by the club’s younger players – Arsenal remain modest goalscorers this term, and the Gunners have plundered one or fewer goals in 12 of their last 14 domestic assignments.
Newcastle meanwhile, continue to draw the ire of their own supporters for their own uninspiring attacking displays, and Steve Bruce’s ultra-defensive Magpies failed to score in three of their last four matches, and in 50% of their last 10 fixtures overall since early November.
With massed ranks of defenders deployed at every opportunity, United are rarely torn to shreds however, and as a result, under 2.5 goals have hit the net in 14 of their 20 competitive tussles since the summer.
The factors suggest the under 2.5 goals market could be the way to go again when Steve Bruce takes his unimaginative Newcastle team to play Mikel Arteta’s less than clinical Arsenal outfit on Saturday, though our 2-0 correct score prediction backs the Gunners to eventually triumph against a low on confidence Magpies side without a win in six attempts.
Arsenal beat Newcastle to nil in each of the teams’ last three encounters, and buoyed by their recent three-match winning surge, the Gunners should secure another clean sheet en route to the Fourth Round against a Magpies team they’ve had the upper hand over since 2018.
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