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Premiership MD 24: Arsenal v. Newcastle

Will3172010-04-29 02:31:37 +0000 #1
Sorry guys, know the updates haven't been as regular, looking to get back on track as of now.



BBC Sport - 21.01.05

Arsenal v. Newcastle



Highbury

Sunday, 23 January

Kick-off: 1605 GMT

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Arsenal's Lauren returns after injury, as does Mathieu Flamini, who has recovered from a thigh problem.

Pascal Cygan is back in contention after a back injury but Justin Hoyte (ankle) has joined Edu (broken toe) and Gilberto Silva (back) on the sidelines.

Newcastle are still without midfielder Nicky Butt, whose hamstring injury has sidelined him for the last 11 games.

Robbie Elliott has undergone surgery to repair a cartilage and could be out for two months.

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Arsenal (from): Almunia, Lehmann, Lauren, Eboue, Cole, Clichy, Campbell, Toure, Cygan, Senderos, Vieira, Fabregas, Flamini, Pires, Ljungberg, Pennant, Reyes, van Persie, Bergkamp, Henry.

Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Taylor, Babayaro, Hughes, Bernard, Boumsong, Bramble, O'Brien, Dyer, Jenas, Bowyer, Robert, N'Zogbia, Ambrose, Milner, Shearer, Bellamy, Ameobi, Kluivert.

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BIG-MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL may have been replaced at second in the table by Manchester United by the time this game kicks off. If so, it will be the first time the Red Devils have overtaken the champions this season. The Londoners entertain Newcastle, aiming to extend their new top flight club record of unbeaten home games to 32. Manchester United hold the longest sequence of undefeated home matches in the Premiership. They went 36 games without loss at Old Trafford between December 1998 and December 2000.

The current tally of 48 points is the third highest the Gunners have ever achieved after 23 matches of a Premiership season. They had chalked up seven more by this stage twelve months ago, when they went on to win the title, and are one point behind their tally of two seasons ago when finishing second. Conversely, they have four more points than at this equivalent stage in 2001/02 and seven more than in 1997/98, and in both seasons went on to lift the Premiership trophy.

Newcastle levelled twice in last season's corresponding fixture, but the Gunners won it through a late penalty from Thierry Henry. The Gunners have not lost in eight League and Cup meetings with the Magpies, and are on the look out for a third successive home Premiership triumph, to complete their second 'double' over them in the Premiership and ninth home and away maximum since the pair first engaged in League competition in 1893.

NEWCASTLE UNITED and Arsenal have provided the most value for money in this top flight season. The Gunners go into this round of fixtures holding the most potent attack in the Premiership, and their 23 matches have produced an unsurpassed 77 goals (52 for, 25 against). Newcastle's have yielded 75 (35 for, 40 against).

The Magpies are recovering from an end of year slump. They've followed a six-match winless run in the top division, with two victories and a draw since the start of the 2005. Indeed they haven't lost since the reverse fixture with Arsenal on 29 December. The champions on the other hand, are keen to make a quick recovery from last weekend's 1-0 setback at Bolton. They've not suffered back-to-back defeats in the Premiership in 88 outings, since 26 October 2002, when Blackburn followed Everton's 2-1 victory over the Gunners at Goodison with a 1-2 triumph at Highbury.

Patrick Vieira's deflected strike in first-half stoppage time separated the sides when they met at St James' Park just over three weeks ago. The Tynesiders now go to Highbury, knowing that the 1-3 victory on 18 December 2001 is their only maximum there from their last seven attempts.

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Referee: Steve Dunn (Bristol)

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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

ARSENAL

Club stats

Fixtures

Going into the weekend: 2nd 48 points

(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premiership fixtures)

Won five and drawn two of the last eight Premiership matches.

Conceded one goal in each of the last three League games, and one goal in each of the last four in all competitions.

Won all eight top flight matches in which clean sheets were kept.

Their only League losses were the two matches in which they failed to score (at Manchester United and Bolton).

Averaged one goal every 40 minutes of Premiership football played.

The most resilient side in the Premiership, having won three and drawn two matches in which they were behind.

Unbeaten at home in all competitions this season (ten wins, six draws).

Won 22 and drawn nine of the last 31 Premiership matches at Highbury.

Not lost in the League at home since the 2-3 defeat by Leeds on 4 May 2003.

Scored in every home Premiership game this season.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Club stats

Fixtures

Going into the weekend: 12th 29 points

(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premiership fixtures)

Undefeated in four in all competitions.

Won three and drawn one League and Cup games since 1 January.

Won exactly a third of their Premiership games under Graeme Souness (six of 18).

Scored more goals in the first 15 minutes of Premiership games than any other club (eight).

Conceded 40 Premiership goals this season. Only West Brom (44) and Norwich (42) have shipped more.

Lost the lead more often than any other club in top division duels this term (14 times).

Lost more points from a winning position than any other club. Drawn seven matches and lost two in which they were in front.

Lost all four top flight games in which behind at half time.

Own the longest scorers list in the Premiership. Their 35 goals have been scored by 16 different players.

Without an away League victory in four.(c)

Drawn the last two League games on the road.

Lost two and drawn two on their Premiership travels since winning 0-2 at Crystal Palace on 20 November.

Drawn five of 11 away League encounters.

Failed to score just twice in League games away from St James' Park (at Chelsea and West Brom).

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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

ARSENAL

Squad profiles

Thierry HENRY is the leading scorer of club goals among Premiership players with 20, five ahead of Jermain DEFOE of Tottenham.

HENRY also leads the way in the Barclays Golden Boot standings with 16 Premiership goals, three ahead of Andy JOHNSON of Crystal Palace. Robert PIRES of Arsenal is equal third in the list with 10.

HENRY has scored four times in the Premiership against Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Squad profiles

If he participates, Steve TAYLOR will be playing his 19th birthday.

Alan SHEARER, who's now netted 400 goals in his professional career, needs one more to total 250 in the Premiership.

Six of SHEARER's 249 Premiership goals have been against Arsenal, but he hasn't netted against the Gunners in any competition since converting a penalty in the 1-3 Premiership victory at Highbury on 18 December 2001.

If he plays, Kieron DYER will be making his 150th Premiership appearance for Newcastle.

Should be figure, Celestine BABAYARO will be making his 200th appearance for an English club (Chelsea and Newcastle).

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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:

Arsenal 3-2 Newcastle United

26 September 2003 - Ref: Mike Riley

Arsenal scorers: Henry 18, 80 pen, Silva 67

Newcastle scorers: Robert 26, Bernard 71

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THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:

Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal

29 December 2004 - Ref: Steve Bennett

Arsenal scorer: Vieira 45

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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS

League: Arsenal 52 wins, Newcastle 60, Draws 31

Prem: Arsenal 11 wins, Newcastle 7, Draws 5

HEAD TO HEAD at Arsenal

League: Arsenal 34 wins, Newcastle 21, Draws 16

Prem: Arsenal 7 wins, Newcastle 3, Draws 1


porkster1042010-04-29 02:46:53 +0000 #2
I think Arsenal would be able to bag the win maybe 2-0 or maybe 2-1...



My score predictions aren't accurate but I think 3pts isn't a problem for Arsene Wenger's side...
theman2010-04-29 03:15:55 +0000 #3
Good result,1-0.

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