Newcastle vs Arsenal to get a score prediction for must-win Premier League game ,After Spurs' narrow victory against Burnley, Arsenal know that nothing other than a win will do against Newcastle United to put the Premier League fourth place battle back in their hands.
The north London derby defeat saw Antonio Conte's side close the gap between Spurs and Arsenal to just one point, and with Spurs having played before the Gunners this week, the Lilywhites sit two points ahead of Arsenal. Mikel Arteta's side now need a win against Newcastle to enter the final day of the season in fourth.
A draw for Arsenal would see them remain in fifth place and behind Spurs, meaning the Gunners would have to rely on Spurs to drop points if they want UEFA Champions League football next season. The Magpies have been one of the best sides in England in 2022, and the task on-hand has been made even more demanding for Arsenal with a couple of major absentees.
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Rob Holding will be missing after being sent off against Spurs in the north London derby, whilst Gabriel was taken off with an injury. This leaves Arteta with minimal options, with Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu most likely to partner each other in the centre of defence.
So, what lineup will Arteta select, and who could come out on top? Let’s take a look.
Newcastle v Arsenal score predicted by simulation
We predict that Newcastle could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Burn, Targett; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.
We predict that Arsenal could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ramsdale; Cedric, Tomiyasu, White, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe; Nketiah.
Despite some defensive issues for the Gunners, Arteta's side started on top, and Arsenal took the lead in just under three minutes through Martin Odegaard. After some precise passing play down the left between Nuno Tavares and Emile Smith-Rowe, a cross made its way into the Newcastle box.
The original delivery was cleared by the Magpies but only as far as Odegaard just inside the box, and the Norwegian midfielder hit a fierce first-time effort into the top corner to hand Arsenal the lead. The pressure continued from Arsenal not long after the goal, with more chances falling to the visitors in the first half.
Eddie Nketiah came close when Ben White threaded a pass through for the Englishman to latch onto in the box, but the 'keeper rushed off his line to quickly smother the striker's effort. Just a minute later, the Gunners came close again, this time with White trying his luck.
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It's the final home game of what has been a roller-coaster season for the Magpies, with Eddie Howe and Co looking to bring the curtain down on matches on home soil in style. It won't be easy against an Arsenal side looking to make the Champions League places, but United are keen to get back to winning ways after defeats to Liverpool and Man City.
As always, there will be a lot of focus on the team news, with Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier pushing for a place in the side. Newcastle must fend without Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Willock, but Fabian Schar and Ryan Fraser could be available tonight.