Metalist Kharkiv warmed up for their Europa League duel against Newcastle with a friendly against Whitley Bay on Sunday, but they’re still likely to be rusty when they take to the St James’s Park pitch priced as bet365’s 12/5 underdogs.
Facing another eastern European side presently on a midwinter break, Newcastle (5/4, Paddy Power) should, on paper, cruise to victory. Punters who concur can get 10/1 (Ladbrokes) against the Magpies winning 2-0.
Tottenham v Lyon. Live on ITV1: Thursday 20:05
Spurs are the only English side competing in the Europa League who do not face a team in the middle of a seasonal break. They host Lyon at White Hart Lane in a tie they start as Skybet’s 5/6 jollies; Stan James quotes AVB’s men at 4/5 to qualify over two legs.
Lyon, not the force they were a few seasons ago in French football, arrive in London priced as a 3/1 shot (bet365), but in Alexandre Lacazette have a forward capable of causing problems. Spurs are 4/1 to win following a drawn first half (BetVictor.com), while man-of-the-moment Gareth Bale is 6/4 (Stan James) to score at any time.
The Newcastle/Spurs double pays a shade over 4/1 at Skybet
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