Newcastle United have an opportunity to surpass the 40-point Premier League safety mark when they face an Arsenal side who weathered a tough tie in Russian Federation to progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Granit Xhaka may return after missing Thursday's game through illness, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes back into the fold having been cup-tied.
The Gunners will have Mohammed Elneny after his red card against Southampton was overturned by the FA.
"An old 'Rafa-ism' that's true despite his understandable caution until they've got to 40 points". Given that he has been used sparingly in the league of late, that freaky 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.
With three goals in his last two matches in all competitions, including a crucial strike against CSKA Moscow in Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg, Danny Welbeck is hitting form for the Gunners.
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Despite their recent unbeaten run, Arsenal have conceded five goals from their last three games.
"Newcastle will be well aware that they have lost their last 10 Premier League games against the Gunners but I think they will buck that trend at St James's Park on Sunday". Benitez is a man who values the emotional side of football, the loyalty, the passion and the love, just as much as he does success and medals; in that sense, he is rather unique in terms of the very top managers.
Arsenal recently confirmed winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan will likely miss the rest of the season after suffering medial ligament damage, ruling him out of Sunday's domestic fixture, per the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel.
The Gunners are one short of conceding 800 Premier League goals under Arsene Wenger.
Newcastle can take heart knowing that while Arsenal have won their last three league games in a row, those results came at the Emirates Stadium, and the north Londoners haven't won an away game in the league in 2018. He's made a flying start in the Premier League with six goals in seven games and is available at [2.0] to add to his tally.