Arsenal primed for heavy win to nil over absent-minded Newcastle

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Newcastle’s season ended with Alan Pardew thrusting his head at Hull’s David Meyler at the start of March, with the north-east club counting down the days until the summer ever since.

Since the incident, which saw the grey-haired boss banned from the touchline for seven matches, Newcastle have lost six times and travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal having been defeated in their last five.

The sight of Pardew back in the Magpies’ dugout will be a welcome boost for the visitors, but it isn’t enough to shake the favourites tag from around the Gunners’ neck, who are 2/7 to win the match with a draw 9/2 and Newcastle lengthy 10/1 shots.

Over the recent run of woe, Newcastle have developed a few trends that point to a more lucrative punt in the coupled correct score market.

The St James’ Park mob have only found the back of the net once in the last six away matches and have lost all of their last four games against the red half of north London.

In addition, Arsene Wenger’s side have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven outings at home to the black and white-striped side.

That makes the 14/5 about Arsenal winning either 2-0 or 3-0 very attractive indeed, while the 19/5 on a 3-0 or 4-0 Newcastle loss, which has been the score in three of the recent five-game skid, is another enticing price.

In the last four meetings between these two in all competitions, Arsenal have been level at the break before getting their noses in front in time for the final whistle.

It’s 3/1 that a fifth consecutive meeting goes the draw/home route in the half-time/full-time market, for those who don’t fancy a coupled correct score flutter.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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