Newcastle United v Manchester City
Sunday 6 May 2012 1.30pm
The relative prizes for both teams are immense today, a win for the visitors would see them with arguably both hands on the title (last match home to QPR), while for Newcastle a win would see us have one hand on possible Champions League qualification.
As we all know, Newcastle go into this match on the back of seven wins in eight games, while City have won their last four. However, previous to that they had a three match run which contained defeat at Arsenal and draws against Stoke and the mackems.
Those recent results lead us to scratch our heads as to why you can get odds of 4-1 on Newcastle winning (see our tips and how to get a free £25 bet below), a price which is outrageously good considering our form.
Of course winning will be anything but easy against a team with City’s resources and the strength they can bring off the bench if things are going badly.
One advantage Newcastle definitely have though is their team spirit, with the likes of Tevez and Balotelli in the opposition camp you wouldn’t have many neutrals arguing with that.
Cisse’s goals at Stamford Bridge mean that Newcastle have failed to score in only two of their last twenty one matches and who would bet against Cisse scoring yet again tomorrow. It was also great to see Demba Ba looking more like his old self on Wednesday in terms of getting into scoring positions, hitting the bar and very unlucky to see a fingertip Cech save deny him.
If you followed our top tip on Wednesday you would have collected at 13-1 on Betfair if you had backed Newcastle to lead at half-time and full-time.
On the defensive front, Newcastle know they will have their hands full but a remarkable five clean sheets in their last six matches means confidence will be sky high.
Even if Danny Simpson is passed fit I think it unlikely he will dislodge James Perch who did very well against Chelsea, so I anticipate no changes unless the manager springs a surprise.
The expected availability of Cheick Tiote gives everyone a massive lift as you would have dreamt it when you saw him carried off the other night.
This is a football match that sums up why you are drawn to St.James’ Park, last match of the season with so much to play for. The squad have performed wonders and deserve a standing ovation whatever happens in the ninety minutes but just how good would it be if they can cap their home record with perhaps the most important result and performance of all.
In the betting stakes we have hooked up with ***Betfair. Many of you will have ‘normal’ betting accounts with the various bookies but what Betfair have to offer is something very different, though the most important thing is that the prices you get are better than anywhere else almost every time!
At the time of putting this together the prices on offer for our recommended bets are Newcastle to win 3-0 (99-1) and Hatem Ben Arfa to score the first goal (19-1), both prices better than any other online bookmaker. Our final bet is Newcastle to win which is a massive 4-1 with Betfair and that price also available at a couple of bookmakers.
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