This is a betting preview for the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United on August 13th, 2011
In the first week of Barclays Premier League action there are a few enticing match-ups including the match between Arsenal and Newcastle. As most would expect, Arsenal is the favorite in this match and Bodog.com has them sitting at -110 on the money line, whereas the underdog Newcastle is sitting at +290. A draw is sitting at +240 on the money line at Bodog.
In this match there are a number of things to take into consideration before placing a bet. For Arsenal it still remains a mystery as to who will be tending the net, last season two Polish players essentially split time with Wojciech Szczesny starting 15 games and fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski starting 14. Most people are expecting Szczesny to be the starter for t he opening match and I think Arsenal will be better off that way seeing as he made quite the impact in his short run last year. With Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri set to leave the Emirates, the majority of the attacking will be on the shoulders of Andrei Arshavin, Jack Wilshere, and Marouane Chamakh. These three combined for 14 goals last season. But it will be interesting to see how players like Arshavin and Wilshere balance their time attacking with their time holding the ball up in the midfield. Arsenal’s defense is looking strong and with players like Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy I do not forecast many problems.
Newcastle is not so lucky when it comes to goaltenders, Tim Krul and Steve Harper split time last year with Krul starting 20 games and Harper 18. The shotty defense last year did not help the goalies and the two combined to concede 57 goals. With the departure of Andy Carrol to Liverpool, Newcastle will really be hurting for goal scoring and will most likely be looking to midfielder Kevin Nolan to spark most of the attacks. Fabricio Coloccini will hold down the defense and with a seemingly weakened Arsenal attack, Newcastle may be able to escape with some sort of result.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United Prediction
My prediction for this game is a 3-0 Arsenal win. Arsenal is known for starting off the season with fury and Newcastle is the perfect team to start against, especially considering the Magpies have very limited attacking options. For me, this is a no-brainer…Arsenal all the way.
Pick = Take ARSENAL (-110 or 1.91) – Bet it at Bodog.com for up to $1000 FREE