Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Monday saw them slip to the foot of the Premier League table on the basis that they’ve scored fewer goals than Sunderland, but bookies tentatively fancy the Magpies to haul themselves off the bottom by finally picking up their first victory of the campaign at the expense of newly-promoted Watford.
Steve McClaren’s side are bet365’s 6/4 favourites to overcome the Hornets, Stan James’s 2/1 underdogs and it’s 12/5 with Paddy Power to finish all square, a wager that isn’t without appeal given that the visitors have shared the spoils in three of their five top flight outings.
Two of those stalemates were goalless, a result on offer at 17/2 courtesy of Skybet ahead of this encounter and for punters expecting both teams to get on the scoresheet (5/6, Winner.com), BetVictor go 6/1 about the pair netting once apiece.
Less specifically, it’s 10/3 (Ladbrokes) to be a score draw and for cautious United supporters, McClaren’s charges are 8/11 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, but the visitors have managed just one goal in their last four matches, so the Magpies will subsequently fancy their chances.
That confidence is 3/1 via Stan James to be translated into a home win by a one-goal margin, bet365 mark 10/1 against Newcastle prevailing 2-1 and the same firm price McClaren’s men at 16/5 to be in possession of a lead at both the interval and the full-time whistle.
Where goals are concerned, William Hill chalk the clash up at 23/20 to produce three or more, Winner.com go even money about United firing the first of those and more precisely.
BetVictor make Magpies front man Ayoze Perez at 17/2 to be the man responsible for that deadlock-breaking strike.