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Magpies can make it tough for Gunners

Magpies can make it tough for Gunners

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Arsenal face a tough assignment on Sunday afternoon when they head to St James’ Park to take on a Newcastle United side who have won three games in a row.

The Gunners were far from convincing in midweek as they reached the Europa League semi-finals, but they will be boosted by the return of January recruit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for this game.

He was ineligible for European action so will be keen to continue making a big impression in the Premier League, having scored five times in his last four games.

At 5/6 to score at any time, he offers little value, so maybe look towards 3/1 to be the first goalscorer in the game.

The visitors also go into the game boosted by the knowledge that they have won all ten of the most recent meetings with the Magpies, although seven of those victories have come by a single goal, with the last three clashes all ending 1-0 to the Londoners.

With those recent meetings in mind, a 1-0 Arsenal win on Sunday at 37/4 is worthy of consideration, as is 57/20 for the Gunners to triumph by a one-goal margin.

However, with this game being a tough one to call, remember Newcastle have only lost once in their last eight games, 23/10 for them to make it four straight league wins could prove to be a decent option.

The Magpies to win by a one-goal margin at 7/2 is also one to ponder, as Rafa Benitez seeks to steer his improving side further away from the relegation dogfight.

Meanwhile, the tea-time kick-off sees an in-form Manchester United play host to rock-bottom West Brom.

The Baggies would appear to be heading to Old Trafford with little or no chance, but bear in mind they have only lost once in their last four Premier League visits to United.

Therefore, if you are feeling brave, 11/2 for a draw might just be an option, while both teams to score at 29/20 also has some merit.

Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba enjoyed the best 45 minutes of his United career to date as he scored twice to help deny Manchester City a title party and should he continue in the same vein, then 33/4 to score the first goal and 49/20 to score at any time are both possibilities.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.