Alan Pardew takes a threadbare Newcastle United squad to face Morecambe in the second round of the Capital One Cup and the hosts will fancy their chances of springing a shock at odds of 16/5 to advance to the next stage.
You can get 11/2 on the League Two side finishing off Newcastle in normal time, with the draw at 7/2 and Pardew’s men hard to back at just 21/50.
Morecambe come into this game off the back of their first league win of the season at home to Exeter last time out.
The north west side have an excellent record against teams from a higher division in this competition with Blackpool, Barnsley and Coventry City brushed aside in the last three seasons.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were their latest victims in this year’s first round – as they were at this stage in 2007/08 – and the coastal club will fight tooth and nail to extend their unbeaten home run when the Premier League strugglers visit the Globe Arena.
The Geordies’ start to the season has been disrupted by injuries, suspensions and a woeful summer in the transfer market.
Director of football Joe Kinnear has been outmanoeuvred in moves for strikers Wilfried Bony, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Darren Bent.
Loan capture Loic Remy from QPR is the only senior player to arrive at St James’ Park with five days left before the window closes and the French international has yet to make an appearance for the club due to a calf strain.
Midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Jonas Gutierrez are also injured, with centre-back Steven Taylor suspended for the next two games.
Yohan Cabaye will also miss the game as he continues to agitate for a move away from the north east.
Newcastle have failed to ripple the onion bag so far this season and with only out-of-form Papiss Cisse and the much-maligned Shola Ameobi to choose from up front, Morecambe can take advantage and claim another big scalp.