Newcastle United’s French legion have been going strong for a number of years now, after Alan Pardew originally brought some Va Va Voom to St James’ Park. In 2013 they had a run of 13 goals on the spin by Frenchmen – Yoan Gouffran (3), Hatem Ben Arfa (3), Loic Remy (5) and Yohan Cabaye (2) – the longest run by foreign scorers from the same country in top flight history. This season 25 per cent of their 32-man squad is made up of Frenchies as the revolution in the North East continues.
However it is two Frenchmen travelling north this weekend that we’re more interested in from a punting perspective. Arsene Wenger brings his Arsenal side to Newcastle at 12.45pm, and his record, along with Olivier Giroud’s knack of scoring against the Magpies, would make you choke on your baguette.
Newcastle have won just once in their last 15 home games against Arsenal – a Nobby Solano goal in the 82nd minute giving them a 1-0 victory in 2005. Other than that it has been difficult viewing for the St James’ faithful in the last decade-and-a-half, drawing seven and losing seven when the Gunners come to town. Combining games at St James’ as well as at The Emirates, and Arsenal have beaten Newcastle seven times on the spin including the 7-3 hammering in December 2012. It makes for tougher reading than the wedge of receipts in your pocket after a Saturday night that gets out of hand.
French striker Olivier Giroud has quite the record against Newcastle – bagging a goal in five of the six matches he’s played against them since rocking up at the Emirates. The gorgeous Giroud has an average of a goal every 45 minutes against the Magpies and has already opened his account this season, breaking the deadlock away to Crystal Palace. And all while still retaining the raw sexual magnitude of a thousand Abercrombie models. What a man.
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A more attractive punt however could be the wincast of Arsenal to win and Giroud to score in the game. That punt is currently a 21/10 shot, and has proved very reliable for punters in recent times.
- The Giroud wincast has clicked nine times in 2015 – including away to Newcastle in March. If you had put £20 on the Giroud wincast every league game since January 1 you would have a profit of £445.50 in your back pocket.
A £20 punt returns £62 on the wincast this weekend, and could set up a delightful afternoon’s punting. Vive la France!
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