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The Spaniard is likely to stick with the 4-4-1-1 formation which has seen his side win three games in a row.

Rafa Benitez has won just seven of 23 matches with Arsenal, giving him his second worst points per match average (1.27) against any current Premier League side behind Chelsea.

To put it into perspective, Newcastle's net spend on transfers this season was £11.5m, which was dwarfed by the sums spent by by their fellow promoted clubs, with Huddersfield spending £43.5m and Brighton £53.7m. Only the injured Jesus Gamezis unavailable to him. Their reward is a semi-final tie against the competition favourites Atletico Madrid.

The north London side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 13 points adrift of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the final two top-four spots.

Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury in the game against CSKA Moscow and will face a fitness test, along with Granit Xhaka.

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Goalkeeper: Petr Cech made another costly mistake during the draw at CSKA Moscow on Thursday night but with David Ospina still out with an ankle injury the Czech legend will continue in goal tomorrow. Given that he has been used sparingly in the league of late, that freakish statistic may yet continue; Newcastle will be confident if that is the case, while being fully aware that, on their day, Arsenal can run riot.

Over 2.5 goals is the favourite at [1.74], with unders at [2.22].

Attack: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set for a recall after being ineligible to play in Europe and the Gabon worldwide will be hoping to continue his fine goal-scoring form since joining the club in January. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game. Danny Welbeck is also in-form. His last five games have seen the England worldwide score five goals and he can be backed at [3.3] to find the net.

Given how well he has played this season, he was perhaps unfortunate not to receive one in the last global break, and his lack of involvement will likely see him miss out on a World Cup place this summer even if he enjoys a strong end to the campaign.

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