A 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City and a 1-0 loss to Atlantic City means Newcastle United are still searching for their first win on their tour to the US.
However, the fact that they are coming up against their strongest opponents so far means they may have to wait a while longer to claim victory.
The Magpies are 21/20 favourites to beat Columbus Crew in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw priced at 12/5 and a Crew victory available at 41/20.
This is despite the fact that Columbus Crew are fifth in the MLS table, whereas Sporting Kansas City are ninth and Orlando City play in the US third division.
With this in mind, a punt on Columbus Crew to secure either a win or a draw in the double chance market, available at odds of 3/5, could be the best bet.
A successful £25 free bet on Columbus Crew to win or draw against Newcastle, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £40.
The Crew acquitted themselves well the last time the two teams met, when the Magpies toured the US under Sir Bobby Robson 11 years ago.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper is the only surviving member of the Magpies squad who took part in that match, while Crew coach Robert Warzycha also played the full 90 minutes of the meeting in 2000.
However, Warzycha believes it is unlikely that anyone will play the full match this time around as Newcastle are expected to make full use of the ruling which allows unlimited substitutions.
Similarly, Warzycha is ready to mix and match as he seeks to ensure his players do not suffer from burnout in the closing stages of the MLS season.
This disruption could affect the two sides’ rhythm, meaning an abundance of goals is unlikely.
Indeed, games involving Columbus Crew are rarely goal-fests, with the team’s defence being the fifth-best in the MLS.
Meanwhile, they have scored just 22 goals in 21 domestic appearances this season.
Coupled with the fact that Newcastle have yet to score on their 2011 US tour, a bet on there to be fewer than 2.5 goals in the match could also reap dividends at odds of 3/4.
New customers can register here to claim a £25 free bet.