MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City are expected to provide Newcastle United with a tough pre-season challenge, but are not fancied to derail the Toon’s preparation for the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
Alan Pardew’s side come into the tie on the back of a 2-0 victory over Darlington, and the former Charlton and West Ham boss will look to keep the run going so his team can start the new season with a bang.
Despite The Wizards losing just one of their last five games and the fact that they will play in front of a home crowd, Peter Vermes’ side go into this friendly encounter as slight outsiders.
Newcastle are priced as 18/25 odds-on favourites for the clash, while Sporting offer odds of 3/1 to defeat their Premier League opposition.
The draw could prove an attractive option, with both sides producing a total of five stalemates in their last five games, and odds of 13/5 could see a lot of smart money paced on the game being deadlocked at full-time.
Football betting enthusiasts can also back how many goals will be scored during the match, with bwin making a number of markets available.
Those expecting a high-scoring encounter can place a wager on more than four goals at 31/20, while those thinking there will be fewer than four are offered odds of 9/20.
More than and fewer than three converted efforts can also be backed, with bwin offering odds of 31/50 and 23/20 respectively, while an even number of goals (83/100) or an odd number of notches (19/20) are also available.
The options do not end there, however, with fans able to back both teams to score at 53/100, while those expecting one or both of the sides to draw a blank will find this option priced at 27/20.
Regardless of the number of goals, Newcastle will look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
Since losing 3-0 to Kenny Dalglish’s rejuvenated Liverpool side, the Toon have not tasted defeat while taking on Birmingham, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion or Darlington.
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