With six games to go, Newcastle find themselves in the rarefied position of sixth and just three points off a Champions League place.
Manager Alan Pardew has made encouraging noises about qualifying for Europe’s elite club football competition but, with Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all pressing their claims and Newcastle outsiders for a top four finish at 8/1, a Europa League berth looks the more realistic outcome.
That said, with Papiss Demba Cisse in such sensational form in front of goal, the Magpies could yet find themselves mixing it with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.
The Senegalese striker has been key to Newcastle’s sequence of four successive Premier League victories, the latest of which was secured against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Cisse scored a brace in Wales, meaning he has managed two goals in the Magpies’ last three games and has bagged nine goals in his eight appearances for the club.
With this in mind, another goal for Newcastle’s number nine against relegation-battlers Bolton at the Sports Direct Arena today looks just as assured as a win for the home team.
The Trotters have not scored a league goal against a team above them in the table since a 3-1 win over Liverpool back on January 21st.
Pardew’s men are 53/100 favourites to take all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 3/1 and a Bolton success at 5/1.
Wanderers were easing clear of the relegation scrap before a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Fulham on Saturday put their run of three successive wins into perspective.
All of those victories came against teams now in the bottom four (QPR, Blackburn and Wolves) and their efforts against sides above them in the table remain less than impressive.
Indeed, they have not scored a league goal against a team higher than 16th in the table since a 3-1 win over Liverpool back on January 21st.
Fired by the goals of Cisse and on the back of three clean sheets in their last four games, Newcastle therefore look set for another Premier League win, and possibly even a win to nil at 33/20.
That said, with Newcastle not scoring more than three goals in a game this season, those looking to bet on a home win to nil could be best advised to choose the 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 multiple correct score option at odds of 21/10.
A successful £25 free bet on a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 win for Newcastle against Bolton is set to return £77.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
However, the red-hot Cisse remains the stand-out betting pick, with a goal at any time for the in-form striker at evens.
But given Bolton have conceded eight goals in their last three games and Cisse has struck twice in each of his last three matches for Newcastle, backing the Senegalese to bag at least a brace at 17/4 is unlikely to disappoint.
Cisse to two or more goals at 17/4
Newcastle to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 @ 21/10
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