Newcastle United have been the big gamble of the summer as far as Premier League relegation is concerned, with the Magpies having lost Rafael Benitez to the Chinese Super League, while we’ve also seen Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon depart the building.

Steve Bruce has controversially upped sticks and left Sheffield Wednesday for his beloved St James’ Park and the Geordie must now try to win over the Toon Army which looks like a tall order, although many fans reserve their ire for owner Mike Ashley who shows little interest in investing further in the Tyneside club.

Bruce has plenty of managerial experience in the Premier League although it hasn’t always been good and there are plenty of Aston Villa supporters who were glad to see the back of him last season before Dean Smith turned that particular ship around.

Nevertheless, Joelinton has arrived at the club and he looks to have the makings of a strong partnership with Miguel Almiron, while Jamaal Lascelles is a rock in the middle of the Newcastle defence and it should be remembered that they were capable of matching the top teams last term.

As for Arsenal, we’re not confident that they should be an odds-on chance for this clash, with Unai Emery seeing his side struggle badly on the road last season, especially towards the end of the campaign.

The imminent departure of Laurent Koscielny robs the team of arguably their strongest central defender, with Arsenal conceding 35 of their 51 goals away from home last season.

Of course, the front pairing of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can mask over defensive deficiencies to a degree, although Dani Ceballos is something of an unknown in attacking midfield.

We think backing Newcastle with a +1 handicap could be a plum bet considering that United can afford to lose by a single goal and we’d still get our money back.

Bruce will want his team to be defensively robust and the visitors will be happy enough to get a slender win under their belt, with this bet winning if the game ends in a draw or home win.


Newcastle +1 @ 3/5 with bet365


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