Kick-off: 1800, 26/01/2021
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: BT Sport
Newcastle are rated a value bet to ease the pressure mounting on manager Steve Bruce by beating Leeds in the Premier League at St James’ Park.
The Magpies have been on a miserable run of results but that is partly due to a tough schedule, as well as problems with illness, injuries and suspensions.
We’re hoping this match may prove a turning point and 14/5 for a home win is tempting enough to be our first Newcastle vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle have only picked up two points from their last eight league fixtures following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
However, they have faced three of the top four in the table during that period, along with visiting in-form outfits like Arsenal and Villa.
A 1-1 home draw with Fulham was frustrating, while Ryan Fraser’s first-half dismissal didn’t help in a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
We’re not too worried about a 5-2 defeat at Leeds which started the slump, though, as that game was evenly poised at 2-2 until a late collapse.
At Villa, substitutes Fraser and Allan Saint-Maximin returned from suspension and a lengthy Covid absence respectively.
Dwight Gayle also came off the bench to bolster Bruce’s attacking options and all three should strip fitter for that blow-out.
“We’ve been on a really difficult run, there’s no doubting that,” admitted Bruce. “But we are not alone in that, it’s just our turn.
“When you’re in the bottom half of the Premier League, you are always looking over your shoulder and what you need to erase it all is to win a couple of games.
“That little bit of confidence comes with a win and the sooner we get it the better. I know this group of players are capable, we’ve done it before.
“We’ve had a particularly tough time in terms of illness and injuries and let’s hope we can stay fit and healthy, because if we can do that, then I’m convinced we will be OK.”
He added: “It encouraged me to see Ryan and Allan on the pitch at the same time. I think it’s the first time this season that has happened. That will certainly help us going forward.”
Looking at the Newcastle vs Leeds odds, we like 9/2 for a home victory and over 2.5 goals in the game.
Last Newcastle line-up: Darlow, Schar, Lascelles, Lewis, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Hendrick, Almiron, Carroll, Wilson.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds have been up and down over the past couple of months, winning three games since the start of December but tasting defeat on six occasions in this competition and the FA Cup.
The Whites followed up 3-0 losses at Tottenham and Crawley by going down 1-0 at home to Brighton, slipping into the bottom half of the table.
A poor Elland Road pitch, which has since been re-turfed, didn’t help versus Albion, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side still put in a lacklustre display.
Despite having 67 per cent of the possession, Leeds lacked energy and a cutting edge up front.
“Our style of play is usually attacking and creating as many chances as possible and we struggled to do that,” winger Jack Harrison told the club website.
“They obviously did their homework and studied how we play. We struggled to create chances, fair play to them. They played the game they wanted to play and made it hard for us.
“They had a very compact defence and we struggled to break them down and get in behind them at times.”
Bielsa will be determined to see the recent barren run ended and it is worth remembering United had scored 13 goals in four previous outings.
However, we’re sticking with the Magpies to prevail, so 21/4 for a home win and both teams to score completes our Newcastle vs Leeds betting tips.
Last Leeds line-up: Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Klich, Bamford, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
Aston Villa 2-0 NEWCASTLE
LEEDS 0-1 Brighton
Head-to-head: Leeds 5-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Leeds, Leeds 0-2 Newcastle
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