Newcastle could make a series of changes for their Carling Cup trip to Scunthorpe and to some punters that might make them vulnerable at Glanford Park, where the Iron are 4/1 with Boylesports to cause an upset in normal time.
Skybet quote the tie at 14/5 to be all square after 90 minutes but despite prospects of a weakened team taking to the field, the Magpies are odds-on at 8/11 (Betfred) to secure safe passage to the next round.
Alan Pardew’s charges have made a decent start to the campaign, keeping a couple of clean sheets so they have to be fancied to see off League One opposition but upsets have been plentiful in the second round so far and subsequently it could be worth seeking value away from the match odds.
Firstly, it could be a high-scoring affair if the pair’s matches in the competition last term are anything to go by. Both teams played three Carling Cup ties and indeed each team’s trio of clashes produced a hefty 16 goals at an average of over five a game.
This one is a tempting 11/5 courtesy of Sportingbet to produce at least four but a tally of over 4.5 is the best bet for ambitious punters at an alluring 9/2 with Paddy Power. The first meanwhile, is a 6/1 shot at Boylesports to be scored by Peter Lovenkrands, who should be given plenty of game time.