There has been a particularly prevalent scoreline in recent meetings between Manchester City and Newcastle, and the good people at bwin.com have gone and boosted it out of sight for the pair’s latest clash at the Etihad.
Their past couple of Premier League tussles have both finished 2-0 to the Premier League champions, as did their Capital One Cup meeting last January, albeit after extra time.
At present, the best odds around about this outcome, which is generally shorter than any other scoreline, is 13/2, but bwin.com have come in with a colossal top price of 8/1.*
There’s plenty to like about this industry-best quote, as six of the last eight Newcastle v Man City matches in the top flight have seen the latter triumph by exactly two goals, while their past four such wins over the Geordies were claimed without concession.
City have beaten their next visitors ten times on the spin in the league, and even a recent Newcastle win over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, in the Capital One Cup at the Etihad back in late October, finished 2-0.
The one fly in this particular betting ointment could be a 4-0 victory to the hosts, which has occurred in each of their last two Premier League home games against the north east giants. With that in mind, a small saver bet on 4-0 at 21/2 seems prudent.
For a first goalscorer, one need look no further than Spanish maestro David Silva at 5/1, especially with recently-returned hotshot Sergio Aguero taking a huge chunk out of the market at half the price (5/2).
Silva followed up his opening goal at home to Newcastle last term (City’s first of their title-winning campaign), with a deadlock breaker in this season’s curtain raiser at St James’ Park, and has bagged three more first goals for club and country since.
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