Scunthorpe go into Thursday night’s Carling Cup tie against Newcastle knowing it will be a tough task to beat Premier League opposition.
Alan Knill’s men have made a poor start to their League One campaign, losing three of their first four games, but the recently relegated side defeated Accrington 2-0 in the first round of this competition.
The Iron will be keen to banish the memory of last season’s disappointing campaign and will be raring to go against a side that now sit two leagues above them.
Despite the current gulf between them, not so long ago, both teams were playing in the Championship, where Scunthorpe had a favourable record against the Magpies.
They may have lost 3-0 in the away fixture, but the they won the home tie at Glanford Park, which will also play host to tonight’s game.
In that match the sides were all square at half-time before the Lincolnshire outfit went on to win 2-1.
As such, betting on the match to be level at half-time and Scunthorpe going on to win at odds of 35/4 could pay dividends.
A successful £25 free bet, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, on this outcome would return £243.75.
But Newcastle have begun their Premier League campaign in impressive form, which is reflected in their 3way football betting odds of 7/10.
An opening-day draw against Arsenal was followed by an away win at arch-rivals Sunderland, so confidence will be running high, despite the departures of Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique and the continued uncertainty surrounding the future of Joey Barton.
Alan Pardew’s side should have enough quality to see off Scunthorpe and a bet on Newcastle to win this one 3-0 could provide good value at 21/2.
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