BETTING: Newcastle backed to net a bag full of goals at Burton

Aleksandar Mitrovic & Rafa Benitez.

Aleksandar Mitrovic & Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle have adopted an unnecessary habit of periodically raising their fans’ blood pressure by first embarking on an extended run of victories before slipping up unexpectedly and crashing to a handful of defeats.

Surely this cannot happen at Burton Albion tomorrow though?

Rafa Benitez’s men travel down the M1 priced as Unibet’s 8/11 odds-on favourites to secure three points, whereas Nigel Clough’s charges kick off as 888sport’s massive 9/2 underdogs.

Punters expecting Newcastle to cruise to victory can get 6/4 (William Hill) against them retaining a clean sheet and 2/1 (Matchbook) about them winning while preventing the home side from scoring.

A number of punters anticipate a seasonal goalfest, however, hence the support for 888sport’s 4/6 odds chalked about the match yielding more than 2.5 goals, while Coral offer 7/2 against the Magpies enjoying a two-goal margin of victory.

Punters interested in covering all bases might also be inclined to back the same firm’s 19/5 odds for Newcastle to win by three or more goals.

Elsewhere, Matchbook rate the chances of Newcastle leading at the end of both halves as a 6/4 shot and 188bet chalk 6/1 against it ending 2-0 in the away team’s favour.

As teams prepare to play their final match prior to embarking on a traditionally packed Christmas schedule, we’ve reached a stage in the season where jockeying for position often becomes a serious quest for survival.

Sunderland are undoubtedly at that point and must seek to secure maximum points from Watford who visit the Stadium of Light.

Bookies expect them to: the Black Cats open as Betway’s 8/5 favourites to win, although the draw, priced at 12/5 by Ladbrokes, has been well backed.

Watford are becoming perennial over-achievers and arrive in town under no pressure, even though they’re priced as bet365’s 2/1 underdogs to register three points.

The match stats team at bettingexpert.com remind us of a similar scenario last season when the Hornets ran out as 1-0 victors.

Under the circumstances, punters might be tempted to take advantage of BetVictor’s 5/1 for both halves to end on level terms, while cautious folks, interested in adding an element of insurance to that wager, might also fancy Skybet’s 4/6 posted in favour of both teams scoring. With this in mind, note that William Hill offer 2/1 against the game’s opening goal arriving inside the first 15 minutes.

Bookies rate a 1-1 result higher than any other score (Matchbook price the outcome at 6/1), while a score draw is rated a 10/3 shot by 188bet.

Backers who suspect that Sunderland are a smidgeon overpriced might be inclined to take a modest punt on them winning by the narrowest of margins, especially as Unibet chalk 13/2 against a 1-0 home victory.