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Preview: Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

Preview: Newcastle United vs. Arsenal
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Sports Mole previews Arsenal's crucial trip to St James' Park to play Newcastle United.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has insisted that his side will be eager to record three points against Arsenal, despite being safe from relegation.

The Magpies recorded their first victory in six matches when they beat Queens Park Rangers last weekend to move to 13th position.

Pardew will be forced into at least one alteration from that match, with Steve Harper expected to come in for the suspended Rob Elliot.

Arsenal require just a point to all but assure a top-four position in the table.

However, boss Arsene Wenger will be eager to overtake Chelsea in third position to avoid having to take part in a qualifying match for the Champions League.

Wenger is without midfielder Mikel Arteta, which could mean a return to the starting lineup for Jack Wilshere.

Recent form

Newcastle United: DLDLDW

Arsenal: WDWDWW

Possible starting lineups

Newcastle United: Harper; Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-M'Biwa, Debuchy; Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Perch; Cisse, Gouffran

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Rosicky, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Cazorla; Podolski

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before the match against Bayern Munich on March 13, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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