Newcastle United-Arsenal Betting Preview: Gunners can be backed to secure vital victory

Arsene Wenger's men need a victory at St James' Park to ensure Champions League qualification and Willie Duncan is backing Theo Walcott to inspire the Gunners
Arsenal travel to Tyneside this weekend knowing that victory over Alan Pardew's Newcastle United will be enough to ensure that Champions League football will return to Emirates Stadium next season.

The Gunners currently occupy the final qualification spot for Europe's premier club competition following their emphatic 4-1 win over Wigan Athletic on Tuesday and Arsene Wenger's side are chalked up at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power to secure the victory that they need on Sunday.

Newcastle United have had a disappointing campaign but ensured their Premier League status with victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend and the Magpies will be keen to end the season on a high note with three points here. Paddy Power go 5/1 (6.0) that Alan Pardew's men defeat the Gunners on Sunday while the same firm go 3/1 (4.0) that the match ends in a draw.

The previous meeting between the sides ended in a 7-3 rout in favour of the Gunners and, having gone 10 matches without defeat in all competitions, Arsene Wenger's side will feel confident of success here.
It is worth noting that Arsenal have conceded just 14 away goals in the Premier League so far this season, fewer than any other side and the 6/4 (2.50) quote from Paddy Power for Arsene Wenger's side to keep a clean sheet is sure to attract support from punters.
Newcastle's defensive deficiencies will surely be a cause for concern for Magpies manager Alan Pardew ahead of Sunday's clash.

Only Reading and Wigan Athletic have conceded more goals than Pardew's side this season and there is no doubt that the Gunners have the attacking talent to punish any slack defending from the home side. Arsenal can be backed at a chunky 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power to net in both halves - a price which looks hugely tempting here.

Theo Walcott was Newcastle's tormentor-in-chief back in December and the winger, who has been on target in Arsenal's last three matches is outstanding value at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to bag the opening goal of the game on Sunday.

Fans of Walcott will be hugely impressed by Paddy Power's excellent "money back special" offer which guarantees a refund on all losing first and last goalscorer bets, correct score and scorecast single bets should the 24-year-old England internationalist score the final goal of the game.

Arsenal to score in both halves at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Walcott to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on