ARS vs NEW DREAM11 Match Preview:
Newcastle host Arsenal at St. James’ Park as two sides look to kick-off their Premier League campaigns on a high.
Former Hull City boss Steve Bruce has taken over the reins from Rafa Benitez and faces a stern test against Arsenal in his very first game.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal, on the other hand, will look to address his side’s woeful away form fiasco right from the start of the season.
Newcastle vs Arsenal
August 11, 18:30 (Hrs)
Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle
Newcastle: Newcastle’s summer signings:
Joelinton – Hoffenheim, £40m
Allan Saint-Maximin – Nice, £20m
Andy Carroll – free
Jetro Willems – Eintracht Frankfurt, loan
Emil Krafth – Amiens, undisclosed
Kyle Scott – Chelsea, undisclosed
Jake Turner – Bolton, undisclosed
The Magpies will be excited to see club-record signing Joelington on the field for the very first alongside fellow new-boy Allan Saint-Maximin providing the bite in the forward areas.
The first matchday may have come too soon for Emil Krafth, but Jetro Willems could cut left-back to allow Matt Richie to push forward in the midfield.
Miguel Almiron’s contention is also in doubt after the striker was away on international duty during the Copa America.
Injuries: DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Dwight Gayle.
Doubtful: Jack Colback, Matt Richie
Arsenal: Arsenal’s summer signings:
Nicolas Pepe – Lille, £72m
David Luiz – Chelsea, £8m
Dani Ceballos – Real Madrid, loan
Kieran Tierney – Celtic, undisclosed
William Saliba – Saint-Etienne, undisclosed
Gabriel Martinelli – Itano Futebol Clube, undisclosed
Arsenal fans will be eager to see club-record signing Nicolas Pepe in action, but Unai Emery is too-experienced a manager to act on that temptation.
Pepe has been away on international duty with the Ivory Coast for the recently concluded AFCON and may get his first appearance from the bench.
Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney and David Luiz on the deadline day to bolster Emery’s defensive options, but the former is out of contention on Sunday due to rehabilitation from a double hernia operation.
With the departure of Laurent Koscielny and Rob Holding still a month away, David Luiz could be sprung straight into the action.
Dani Ceballos, Lucas Torreira, and Granit Xhaka could form the base of midfield with Mesut Ozil supplying the talismanic forward two.
Unai Emery is confident of having Alexandre Lacazette back in time for the game after a knee injury he suffered in the pre-season.
Injuries: Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Emile Smith Rowe.
Doubtful: Nicolas Pepe, Mohammad Elneny, Alexandre Lacazette.
ARS vs NEW DREAM11 Fantasy Picks:
Newcastle: Joelington ( 7 goals and five assists) | ( 6 goals and three assists)
X-Factor star: Matt Ritchie ( Two goals and eight assists)
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( 22 goals and five assists) | Alexandre Lacazette ( 13 goals and eight assists)
X-Factor: Mesut Ozil: (5 goals and two assists)
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