St James' Park - Premier League
Steve Bruce gets his first game at hometown club Newcastle underway against Arsenal, and faces a tough reintroduction to the Premier League. The Gunners will be desperate to start get their campaign underway , after a disappointing end to last season.
Arsenal did the double over Newcastle last season, scoring twice in both matches. However, Newcastle won this fixture in April 2018, when goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie outweighed a strike from Alexandre Lacazette.
Bruce will look to get his new signings involved as soon as possible, meaning that Joelinton may well start against Arsenal. DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Ritchie are both doubts however, having suffered injuries towards the end of last season, and over the summer respectively.
Unai Emery may be more hesitant in introducing Nicolas Pepe, having already spent a season fine-tuning his side. With Alexandre Lacazette potentially sidelined through injury, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may well start as a lone striker. Hector Bellerin and Dani Ceballos are also doubts.
Newcastle v Arsenal Predictions and Previews
Times are changing at both Newcastle and Arsenal, however the respective managers will have to forget about transfers this weekend as they face one-another in the Premier League.
The Magpies have seen significant turn-over this summer, with the departure of Rafa Benitez causing controversy amongst the fans. However, freeing up the Spaniard's wages, and the sale of Ayoze Perez has allowed the club to invest heavily in the transfer market, bringing in record signing striker Joelinton, exciting French winger Allan Saint-Maximin and Swedish international defender Emil Krafth.
Steve Bruce will hope that his expensive transfers make an early impact, as having lost Joselu and Kenedy the club is undoubtedly short of attacking options, and no longer will be able to benefit from their former managers defensive brilliance. Against Arsenal the Magpies are likely to spend most of their time out of possession, meaning that rare forays forward need to be effective.
The Gunners have lost Captain Laurent Kolscielny to Bordeaux, whilst Aaron Ramsey, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Carl Jeninkinson and Petr Cech have all departed or retired. In their place, Emery has brought in Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos, with William Saliba set to join the club in the summer of 2020. However, without a fit senior right-back, and down one central defender, Arsenal's already shakey defence is looking thread-bare.
On Sunday, Emery will hope that his prolific front two, that features Aubameyang and Lacazette, will be capable of outscoring the Magpies, without allowing the opportunity for their opponents to hurt them in defence. If they are able to do so, a win should be in the bag, but if Newcastle go out and attack - hardly a hallmark of Bruce's sides - they may struggle.
Aubameyang to score anytime at 5/4
The Gabon forward was in fine form last season and will look to score his first goal against Newcastle.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 5/2
The Gunners may be unable to keep a clean sheet but should outscore their hosts.