Such good fortune as Tim Krul recovering from an elbow ligament injury in three days just doesn’t happen to beleaguered Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, so after finally catch a lucky break, is he going to mastermind his first win of the season?
He is, yes.
And, to make the rare taste of success all the sweeter, his Dutch stopper is going to pick up a clean sheet too.
Leicester are the quivering foes who will fall victim to the Toon’s first win of the season, a feat which is available to back at 6/5 at bwin.com.
Those who don’t believe can back the Foxes prevail on Tyneside at 9/4, while the draw is on offer at 23/10.
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There are reasonable grounds to argue that a big payday is in the offing for those to place the bet in question, namely Leicester’s struggles to score on the road.
In three sojourns this term they’ve notched just once, going down to scoreless defeats at Chelsea (excusable) and Crystal Palace (not so much so).
The solitary strike they have registered outside the confines of their King Power-sponsored stronghold came via their only shot on target at Stoke.
Their other two away games yielded a combined five goal-bound attempts, suggesting they won’t pose an enormous attacking threat in the north east, regardless of the hosts’ frailties.
Seven shipped in three on the homestead – a total only two teams can surpass – paints a pretty grim picture of Newcastle’s defensive capabilities, but their own ideas on how to find the net can bail their backline out.
They’re fired five at St James’ Park, suggesting they have the firepower to cause the visitors enough problems to claim the points, even if their defence fails to uphold their end of the bargain.