NEWCASTLE welcome Arsenal to St James' Park as Steve Bruce looks to lead his team to survival.
The Toon Army picked up a last gasp point at Liverpool last week to move nine points clear of 18th placed Fulham.
Arsenal meanwhile know the Europa League is their only realistic route to Champions League football next season.
However, they are still in with a chance of qualifying for other European competitions via the Premier League route.
What time does Newcastle vs Arsenal kick off?
- Newcastle host Arsenal on Sunday, May 2.
- The match kicks off at 2pm UK time.
- It will be played at St James' Park.
- When the sides last met back in January, Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates.
What TV channel is Newcastle vs Arsenal on and can I live stream it?
- Newcastle vs Arsenal is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
- Coverage on Sky Sports Premier League commences at 1pm – an hour before kick-off – while Sky Sports Main Event coverage commences after the final whistle of Rangers vs Celtic.
- To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
- Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.
Arsenal could welcome skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and defender Hector Bellerin back to the starting line-up for Sunday's trip to Newcastle.
Neither began the 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday with Aubameyang coming off the bench after recovering from a bout of malaria.
The Gabonese forward could lead the line in the absence of the injured Alexandre Lacazette, if he continues to make progress in the right direction.
*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Wednesday, April 28.
- Rebecca Chaplin
Ten points separate Newcastle and Arsenal, but will that gap get narrower today?
Arsenal have picked up just three wins in their last ten fixtures, across all competitions.
- Rebecca Chaplin
If history is anything to go by, then Arsenal look very likely to pick up the win this afternoon against Newcastle.
After all, they’ve beaten the Magpies in 15 of their last 16 league games and kept a clean sheet in their last five meetings.
However, Arsenal’s form has been anything but consistent this season and they currently sit in 11th in the Premier Legaue table.
Mikel Arteta’s side have one eye on their upcoming Europa League fixture, so will this afternoon prove too big of a distraction?
Arsenal’s absentees this afternoon include Kieran Tierney, who has been sidelined for four weeks with a knee injury, and Alexandre Lacazette who limped off with a hamstring issue against Fulham.
However, there is some good news as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could return to the fold this afternoon.
The Gunners’ captain has been out of action since contracting malaria but is rumoured to be one of the names on the bench.
Newcastle will be without Joe Willock today as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.
The midfielder’s absence may well be felt by Steve Bruce’s side, but come the end of the season they may well have to cope permanently without him.
That’s not Bruce’s only headache as there are still question marks over Matt Ritchie’s fitness while Isaac Hayden, Ryan Fraser and Jamaal Lascelles are still out of action.
Bruce will however have Fabian Schar available for selection after overcoming a knee injury.
Having drawn with Liverpool last weekend, Newcastle may well come into this fixture with a spring in their step.
They’ve scored eight goals in their last four games where they’ve picked up two victories and drawn twice.
Stick with us this afternoon as we bring you all the action from St James’ Park.
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