Aston Villa may be five points behind visitors Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League, but bwin has the Villans priced as favourites at 4/5 to win Sunday’s match.
This means a successful £10 bet on the home side would return £18.
However, putting your money on the Magpies might be a wiser choice – not only are they ahead of their hosts in the league table, but they are priced at a much more attractive 33/10, which means a successful £10 bet on Newcastle at bwin.com would return £43.
The West Midlands side have a full-strength squad to choose from with the return of Ciaran Clark following a two-game suspension and will be hoping for three points to lift them away from the relegation zone.
With Blackpool just a point behind and playing Arsenal in Sunday’s early kick-off, Gerard Houllier’s men know that nothing less than a win will do.
That pressure could also be a hindrance against a side currently sitting in the top half of the Premier League and coming off the back of a 4-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Captain Kevin Nolan – who scored the Magpies’ first goal in that match – will be absent through suspension, as will Cheik Tiote and James Perch.
However, boss Alan Pardew will welcome back Ryan Taylor to his ranks as his team seek revenge on a side whose 1-0 win on the final day of the 2008/09 season consigned the Magpies to relegation to the Championship.
At 7/2, Aston Villa’s Darren Bent is favourite to score the first goal, meaning a £10 bet on bwin.com will net you £45 if the England star grabs the opener.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi has odds of 15/2 to break the deadlock, with a successful £10 bet returning £85.
Those feeling really confident of a Magpies win could bet £10 on a 3-0 victory at 40/1 and expect a return of £410 if successful.
A successful £10 bet on a 4-0 win for Newcastle at 100/1 would return an impressive £1,010. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.