Acca Bet Predictions, 29.8
- Newcastle v Arsenal: 2 @ 1.61
- Milan v Empoli: 1 @ 1.50
Newcastle vs Arsenal prediction: 2
Arsenal’ve won just one of their opening 3 league games of 2015/16. Dropping 5 points might not seem too grave at this stage, but those kinds of margins can prove decisive in the final standings.
Arsenal must therefore secure a positive result against Newcastle. The Gunners need to show the kind of superlative form that made them the best team in England for much of the spring.
The Wenger Boys do always seem to play better away from home than they do with the pressure on them at the Emirates and they are more than capable of putting on a show.
The return of Per Mertesacker should bring a more calming influence on Arsenal’s back four, which was particuarly erratic on Monday night against Liverpool.
Newcastle have enjoyed a decent start to the season, securing draws against strong opposition in Southampton and Man United. But with no goals scored in their last two league matches they offer very little going forward.
Arsenal have won 7 of their last 8 against the Geordies.
Milan vs Empoli prediction: 1
Milan’s bright new dawn suffered a difficult start as new head coach Siniša Mihajlović saw the Rossoneri go down 2-0 at Fiorentina. Defender Rodrigo Ely received red card in 36 min of that game.
With the huge summer investment and the appointment of Mihajlović, the Rossoneri can regain their place in Serie A’s top–3. To do so, the hosts will need to brush aside the likes of Empoli.
Empoli still look to be adapting to the new management and the departure of some key players as they lost 3-1 to Chievo last week.