Arsenal vs Newcastle
I don’t always bet on corners but this match looks like a good one for them.
Before I go into the statistics, the formations/set ups and wide players involved has all the makings of a large corners total. Both sides will be close to a 4-3-3 formation, and for Arsenal, you’ll have the likes of Martinelli and Saka driving to the byline.
We need 9 or more corners to be taken for this selection to be a winner. Arsenal average 9.50 match corners per game in the Premier League and it’s 10.94 for Newcastle with Everton being the only side averaging more than that.
Martin Odegaard is the first player I’m picking to have a couple of shots, the Arsenal captain is absolutely flying at the minute.
Brighton won 4-2 at Brighton last time out (An impressive result by the way) and Odegaard scored and assisted during that game. Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1 in their last home match and he had a massive 6 shots during that one.
Odegaard is averaging 2.66 shots per 90 minutes which is a higher average than both Gabriel Martinelli (2.58) and Bukayo Saka (2.00).
The man of the hour in the North East. I’m backing the in-form Paraguayan to have a couple of efforts at goal during the match, not too much to ask for.
Almiron is Newcastle’s top scorer this season with 9 Premier League goals in his 17 appearances so far. He’s averaging 2.53 shots per 90 minutes with 0.82 being on target.
It’s all about Martinelli vs Trippier tonight and I’ll be very surprised if the Englishman doesn’t make a single foul at right back.
Martinelli is Arsenal’s most fouled player at 1.46 times P/90. He also averages 4.04 dribbles P/90 as he loves to drive and run at full backs. Trippier has it all to do this evening and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on.
Joelinton has become a beast under the leadership of Eddie Howe and his workrate is relentless. He doesn’t score tonnes but you can see that the Newcastle fans appreciate the work he does for the shirt.
Joelinton makes 2.68 tackles P/90 as he’s a hustle and bustle type of midfielder and always involved in battles. As for fouls, he’s currently at 1.88 P/90 which is tasty considering we only need a single foul here.
I can already see him bumping into Partey in the middle of midfield, or causing Saka to hit the ground on the left side of midfield.