Newcastle can be backed at 87/100 to down Queens Park Rangers at St James’ Park.
For the benefit of those who doubt the stringency of the sub-editing process on thiswebsite your correspondent would like to confirm that the Magpies can indeed be backed at 87/100 to claim three points in front of the faithful in their first Premier League game since the international break.
That’s 87/100 in return for a side that racked up at five-match winning streak before they disbanded for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
During the aforementioned period of success a solitary goal was allowed to sneak past Tim Krul – they haven’t conceded in six hours of football.
Injuries to Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor mean that Newcastle are not as well stocked at the back as they might be.
However, left-back Paul Dummet proved himself an able understudy in the victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns and he will likely partner the reliable Mike Williamson in central defence.
In order to land the odds, Alan Pardew’s rejuvenated representatives must dispose of visitors who have been bested in every single away game they’ve played this season.
Even League Two Burton Albion rubbed the Super Hoops’ noses in it at the Pirelli Stadium in the Capital One Cup.
During that miserable run the R’s, 16/5 for victory on Tyneside, with the draw a 12/5 shot, have found the net just twice, suggesting that whatever improvement they have found at Loftus Road in recent weeks will be travel-tempered.
Such a lack of cutting edge away from their west London stomping ground will also go some way to allaying fears that they might exploit Newcastle’s unusual defensive setup.
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