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Arsenal vs Newcastle United : Match Preview & Prediction

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Team News

  • Arsenal could stick with their four-man defence for the second game in a row with Aaron Ramsey still sidelined.
  • Shkodran Mustafi has not featured in Arsenal’s last three matches but is nearing a return.
  • Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac will return to the starting XI after being rested in their 0-0 draw with West Ham in midweek.
  • Danny Welbeck may also rotate into the team at the expense of Alex Iwobi.
Newcastle United
  • Jonjo Shelvey is suspended for the home side after picking up a red card at the end of Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat to Everton on Wednesday. Isaac Hayden should return to the starting XI as a result to line up against his former club.

Match Facts

Arsenalhavewon their last 9 matches against Newcastle in all competitions.

Newcastlehavelost 7 of their last 8 matches (Premier League).

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  • Arsenal are closer to the bottom three than Premier League leaders Manchester City after only managing to draw 0-0 with West Ham on Wednesday. They are now winless in three league matches for the first time since April.
  • Newcastle haven’t won since the end of October and have lost seven of the eight matches that followed their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Magpies are now only one point above the relegation zone.
  • Arsenal have won their last five home matches against Newcastle and have raked up some thumping wins in that time, including 7-3, 3-0 and 4-1 victories in that time.
  • Newcastle have only picked up five points from a possible 18 on the road this season and have kept just one clean sheet in that run. Things should get worse for Rafa Benitez’s side this weekend.


Trabzonspor vs Bursaspor : Match Preview & Prediction

Friday, December 15th, 2017


Team News

  • Demirok will likely deputise for the injured Akbas at the centre of defence as Durica is still out with an injury as well.
  • Erdogan is expected to replace the suspended Behich.
  • Agu and Jorquera are both out with injuries so Faty will likely feature as a makeshift midfielder.
  • Kembo-Ekoko is also out with an injury and will likely be replaced by Delarge.

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 14 of Trabzonspor‘s last 16 games (Super Lig).

Trabzonspor have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Bursaspor in all competitions.

Trabzonspor have won their last 4 matches (Super Lig).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Bursaspor‘s last 6 away games (Super Lig).

Trabzonspor have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches (Super Lig).


  • Four consecutive wins under Calimbay moved Trabzonspor up to 7th place. They deserve to be higher in the table and the squad is strong enough to fight for a top four finish. They were always good going forward, but Calimbay has turned them into a team that also is strong at the back and one that is willing to fight. They are definite favourites at home against a Bursaspor side crippled with so many injuries.
  • Le Guen should be congratulated for what he has achieved with Bursaspor, despite having to deal with an incredible number of injuries since the start of the season. Now, Ekoko and Jorquera have joined the injury list and Behich, who has been very impressive as a wing-back in 3-5-2, is suspended and Le Guen will have an even more difficult, if not impossible, task of salvaging anything from an away fixture at Trabzonspor.
  • In-form Trabzonspor will not have any difficulty winning this game.

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