Live on Skysports 1: Mon 20.00: Newcastle United are 21/10 with Stan James to beat Joey Barton’s QPR on Monday night.
The fixture computer can always be relied upon to throw up a quirk or two and one such coincidence crops up at Loftus Road where Newcastle will come face-to-face with Joey Barton immediately after the controversial midfielder’s switch to QPR.
The ex-Magpie is 7/5 with bet365 to start his Rangers career with a victory against his former club while Stan James make Newcastle 21/10 to suggest Barton made the wrong decision to swap St James’ Park for west London and it’s 9/4 (Ladbrokes) to end all square.
For those anticipating the latter, Betfred offer a goalless encounter at 15/2 or it’s 11/2 (Partybets) to finish one-each but having racked up seven points from an available nine, Alan Pardew’s troops head to the capital in confident mood and they’re 10/3 courtesy of Skybet to shade it by a one-goal margin.
That was the case when the pair last met at Loftus Road, in the Championship a couple of seasons ago and Boylesports make Newcastle 15/2 to replicate the 1-0 victory from that encounter. The Magpies can also be backed at 7.0 (6/1) with Betdaq to chalk up another victory on the back of a drawn first period while the cautious may prefer to back United in the handicaps, where they’re 8/15 (Totesport) when kicking off with a goal start.
A low-scoring affair could be on the cards according to Sportingbet, who quote 4/6 for the match to produce fewer than three goals, Leon Best is 15/2 with Paddy Power to follow up last week’s brace with the opener and price a clean sheet for Pardew’s side at 23/10.