Leeds United have moved almost unnoticed into sixth place in the Championship table following a fine run of seven wins and a draw in their last ten league outings.
It’s the type of form which should ensure that there’s no complacency in the Newcastle camp prior to their meeting with Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday.
In other words, the contest is a difficult one to call.
Despite enjoying home advantage, Leeds are a massive 7/2 (Marathonbet) to secure a maximum haul, while Newcastle kick off as Skybet’s even money favourites.
In other markets, Newcastle are 4/6 with 188bet to open the scoring and 11/4 (bet365) to head off for their half time cuppa leading 1-0.
Punters anticipating a comprehensive away win can get 5/2 (Unibet) against Newcastle winning when kicking off with a one-goal deficit.
Punters preferring to give the delights of an early Christmas shopping trip the widest possible berth tomorrow have much on which to focus their attention.
Bookies offer dozens of different markets on Sunderland’s ‘six-pointer’ against Hull, for example, the detailed perusal of which sounds infinitely preferable to pounding around the shops, wondering why so many festive baubles are on display so early.
Traditionally, the pair’s contests have tended to be tight, although according to the match stats team at bettingexpert.com, the duo have recorded only one draw in their last 13 league meetings.
With the dual benefits of home advantage and a confidence-boosting win last time out, Sunderland start as 6/5 favourites (Bwin) to claim three points with the Tigers quoted at a lengthy-looking 14/5 (888sport).
Unibet chalk 9/1 against the Black Cats registering a second successive 2-1 win, although punters less comfortable about predicting the correct score might fancy running the rule over the 4/1 odds offered by 188bet for Sunderland to emerge victorious following a drawn first half.
In other markets, Skybet’s 12/5 for the fixture to end with honours even could offer useful insurance, while Paddy Power’s 3/1 for Sunderland to win by a single goal has proved a magnet for backers preferring to avoid calling the correct score.
Odds supplied by www.smartbets.com, the customisable odds comparison site.