Newcastle go head-to-head with Ipswich at St James’s Park tomorrow with the Magpies installed as Betway’s firm 4/9 favourites to secure all three points.
Great things were expected of the Tractor Boys this term, but as they’ve managed to score only twice away from home (no Championship side has scored fewer), it’s no surprise to see them priced at 13/2 (188bet) to cause an upset and win.
Granted, some backers may feel that Coral’s 7/2 for it to end in stalemate is lengthy enough to justify modest support, but it’s difficult to see Newcastle United slipping up.
Punters who concur can get 11/10 (bet365) against Newcastle keeping a clean sheet, while the 6/4 available at Ladbrokes for them to win without conceding catches the eye, as does BetVictor’s 13/2 marked against a 2-0 home win.
Earlier this week and much to the dismay of many football supporters, Sunderland manager David Moyes was installed as Coral’s 5/4 favourite to be the next top flight manager to leave his post; he’s already odds-on with some bookies.
The Scot has been in a similar situation before, of course, when in charge at Manchester United, but the news puts him – and his team – under even more pressure when they travel to West Ham’s new London Stadium.
On paper at least, the Hammers face a fairly straight-forward contest; indeed, William Hill’s 4/1 odds, posted in favour of an away win, provide a clear indication of the strength of West Ham’s favouritism.
The Londoners kick off as 4/5 favourites with Skybet, odds which have persuaded a sizeable number of punters that the handicap markets are where the value lies. Here, Unibet price the home side at 7/4 to win when they kick off with a one-goal deficit, while 188bet chalk 6/5 against a Sunderland victory when they start with an artificial one goal lead.
However, the match stats team at bettingexpert.com remind us that four of the pair’s last eight league meetings have finished all-square, a statistic which adds considerable appeal to 888sport’s massive 29/10 chalked against the stalemate.
Sunderland have managed just two goals away from home this season and if they are to secure a point, it’s difficult to see the result being anything other than 0-0 (12/1, Marathonbet) or 1-1 (13/2, 188bet).
A pressure-relieving 1-0 away win is priced at 14/1 by Ladbrokes.