Arsenal vs Newcastle prediction: How will FA Cup fixture play out tonight?


Newcastle United’s long wait for a trophy is likely to continue past this season, but they can give fans reason for optimism all the same if they manage to overcome Arsenal on Saturday evening in the FA Cup third round. Steve Bruce’s men will have to cause a real upset to do that, however, as recent form has been far from impressive.

Despite a creditable 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool, they followed that up with defeat to Leicester City, meaning six games without a win in all competitions and just one goal in their last four games.

Arsenal, meanwhile, beat West Brom at the weekend to make it three wins in a row to kickstart their own flagging season, though they do at least have the Europa League to fall back on in the second half of the campaign – as well as the defence of this competition after they won the FA Cup last year.

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Mikel Arteta wants far more from his players in terms of consistency, and while on the pitch they’ll be looking for more wins, off the pitch Arsenal’s focus will be on shipping out a few players who have no real future under the manager.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.

When is the match?

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The game kicks off at 5:30pm on Saturday, 9 January 2021 at the Emirates Stadium.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on BBC One HD and streamed live via the BBC iPlayer.

What is the team news?

Arsenal are likely to rotate and the team could represent more of the Europa League side than the Premier League one. Thomas Partey will be checked before the game after he returned to training, while David Luiz and Willian are back after positive coronavirus tests, while Gabriel should also return.

Newcastle are still missing Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick, while it remains to be seen when Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin recover enough from coronavirus to feature again.

Predicted line-ups

Arsenal – Runarsson; Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney; Elneny, Ceballos; Pepe, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Lacazette

Newcastle – Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lewis; Murphy, Shelvey, S Longstaff, Almiron; Carroll

Odds

Arsenal – 8/15

Draw – 15/4

Newcastle – 23/4

Prediction

Newcastle are far too defensive-minded to threaten even a weakened Arsenal team, while the Gunners should be in optimistic mood after recent results and playing well amid more competition for places. Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle

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