The black and gold boys at bwin.com have priced up a range of markets to keep punters going between now and the end of the Premier League campaign, including who will register the worst defensive record in the top flight this term, based on goals against.
It may not be the most enticing gamble around, but 1/10 about QPR achieving the dubious honour looks about as nailed on as a bet comes.
A case can be made for freefalling Newcastle at 6/1 as the Geordies have let in 17 in their past eight Premier League fixtures, seven of which were losses, and don’t look like getting any better under hopeless caretaker coach John Carver.
That being said, Carver and co are faced with a relatively straightforward set of fixtures to round off the season, including Swansea, West Brom and West Ham at home, none of whom have anything to play for, plus Leicester and QPR away.
There’s not really any evidence to suggest Newcastle will be badly beaten in any of these fixtures; ten of the past 11 top-flight matches they’ve conceded twice or more in have been against teams that finished in the top eight last term.
None of the aforementioned quintet achieved such a distinction and are unlikely to this term, so while further Newcastle losses are likely between now and the campaign’s close, hammerings shouldn’t be expected.
The same can’t be said for the plucky Super Hoops, with Chris Ramsey’s 1/7 relegation shots still facing trips to Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of May.
QPR already set the against-column standard with 59 concessions, to second-worst Newcastle’s 54, so wagering on Ramsey’s west Londoners turning the tables on Carver’s crowd looks a mug’s game.