Bookies believe Newcastle can give themselves a chance of pulling further clear of danger this afternoon, bet365 installing them as 6/5 favourites as they host Southampton, Blue Square’s 11/4 outsiders.
Betfred chalk 5/2 against the stalemate and given that Saints have shared the spoils in six of their last nine league matches, that’s not without appeal, Similarly, in what should be an entertaining affair, punters might fancy a 2-2 scoreline at 15/1 (BetVictor).
It’s certainly a contest that promises goals, Newcastle’s new look side look pretty dangerous while Southampton don’t tend to keep clean sheets on the road yet they pose a significant threat at the other end.
Ladbrokes’ 4/5 for it to produce three or more goals looks a banker then and for the more ambitious BetVictor post 85/40 against a tally of at least four at St James’ Park, where Yoan Gouffran, raring to go after missing out in the Europa League in midweek, is a tasty 8/1 (Coral) to break the deadlock.
Over 3.5 goals – 85/40 (BetVictor)