Wednesday 17th October 2018,

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West Brom v Newcastle: Betting Preview

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westbromvnewastleWest Brom v Newcastle United
Live on BBC1. Kick off 5.30pm

It’s been a Summer to forget for the Toon as the club has drifted aimlessley since relegation was confirmed back in May. With Mike Ashley unable to sell the club and seemingly unwilling to appoint a permanent manager there’s little light at the end of the tunnel. The St. James’s Park exodus has included Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins and Sebastien Bassong, whilst they remain the only club not to have made a new signing in the Summer. Results on the pitch haven’t been great either. Despite 3 straight wins to kick off their pre-season they’ve since failed to beat Leyton Orient (1-6), Leeds United (0-0) and Dundee United (1-1) so the signs aren’t good for a winning start tomorrow.

Things have been only slightly less turbulent at the Hawthorns. After weeks of speculation Tony Mowbray departed to take over at Celtic and in came Roberto Di Matteo from MK Dons. But the new era hasn’t exactly got off to a flier in pre-season. The Baggies managed just 2 wins in 9 outings and although they say results don’t matter in these games, stats like that must be a concern for the West Brom fans.

It all makes for a tough game to call. In their current predicament no-one n their right mind would back Newcastle. Last season they couldn;t buy a win and if anything they’re a worse team now. Even at 5/2 (Blue Sq, Ladbrokes) there won’t be many takers. At least West Brom have a sense of optimism about them, now they just need to deliver on the pitch. The bookies have them on the right side of evens at 5/4 (Betfred, Jetbull, Paddy Power, SkyBet, VCBet) and with home advantage they look the value call.

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  • I think the odds available justify a small play on Newcastle today, I’ve read all the reports and everyone knows about Newcastle’s off the field disarray but I think they have enough about them to get a result.

    I’m not convinced that West Brom will gel from the off, and Di Matteo may not live up to all then hype that came with his arrival.

    Although their pre-season has been anything but impressive, there will be 2,500 away fans in the stadium and I think that even without Guthrie and Butt, the team will be sufficiently galvanized to put to bed the pundits that have seen them beaten before the whistle blows.
    So although the golden rule is to never bet on friendlies or the first day of the season, I can’t resist a small punt!!

  • I hear what you’re saying Goathead. The West Brom win looks so obvious that it’d be just typical if Newcastle won it.

    Good luck mate!

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