Newcastle United’s season has lurched from bad to worse, with Tim Krul’s long-term injury a big blow to the Magpies’ prospects this season.
However, Steve McClaren will have been encouraged by his team’s performance against Chelsea in the last match at St James’s Park, and the home side are 13/8 (BetVictor) to beat Norwich City on Sunday.
It’s easy to forget that United also played well in the opening exchanges of the Manchester City defeat before Sergio Aguero ran the show, although defensive frailties are certainly in evidence and the Canaries are 19/10 (William Hill) to land the three points.
Alternatively, the draw is priced at 12/5 (Stan James) if you think the Sky-televised encounter will end all square.
A 2-1 victory in favour of the Magpies can be backed at 10/1 (bet365) and the fans would take any kind of win to get their season started, with Paddy Power offering 9/2 that that Newcastle get over the line with a -1 goal handicap which means a two-goal winning margin is required.
Ayoze Perez is a 6/1 chance (Winner.com) to break the deadlock and you can back Aleksandar Mitrovic at the same odds with Ladbrokes, with the Serbian having opened his account at the Etihad Stadium.
Both teams to score can be backed at 7/10 (BetVictor), and it doesn’t look like a 0-0 sort of game, with Over 2.5 Goals available at an attractive 10/11 (Sky Bet), with Newcastle’s best form of defence being to get on the front foot and score some goals.
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