Newcastle United v Stoke – Patience = Champions League?
Newcastle United v Stoke
Saturday 21 April 2012 3pm
In the last match preview against Bolton, we said Newcastle United are a team in form and if our forwards are focussed then I can see them eventually taking Bolton apart if they repeat the composure and patience they showed at the Liberty Stadium.
The first seventy minutes of that match did indeed test everybody’s patience and composure but Newcastle kept their discipline and Tim Krul had the focus to keep out a couple of chances, setting the platform for the magic from Ben Arfa and Cisse to kill the Trotters off altogether. One of our bets came up with Newcastle drawing at half-time and winning at full-time paying the best available online betting odds via BETFAIR, we also just missed out on our suggested 3-0.
This weekend’s match could see a similar tale versus a horrible team to play against, with maybe Mike Williamson coming into his own as the visitors launch their usual airborne attack.
The expected return of Cheick Tiote will ensure the competitive element in midfield and with Cabaye and Jonas alongside him there is little chance of Stoke overwhelming our midfield in terms of effort.
Unless there are any selection surprises, it is hard to not see our front three scoring at some time in the match and we are playing against a team who have scored the joint fewest (11) away goals. While Newcastle have notched five straight wins, in their last five matches Stoke have picked up only six points, although that sequence does include draws with Manchester City and Spurs.
We know what we are going to be up against so I’m sure Alan Pardew will have instilled in the team the need for dsicipline or they’ll punish Newcastle like last season when we gifted them a win after Newcastle took the lead.
The match at St.James’ Park will be Stoke’s 52nd of the season and they are stuck in the no-man’s land of mid-table, currently in 14th position at the bottom of a group of six teams separated by one point.
Just like against Bolton the crowd may need to stay with the team as Stoke attempt to frustrate the black & whites, a win today could put Newcastle United in the Champions League driving seat, something that would definitely be a reward for our patience.
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At the time of putting this together the prices on offer for our recommended bets were Newcastle to win 3-0 (16-1) and Newcastle to be drawing at half-time AND winning at full-time (4-1), once again all prices better than any other online bookmaker.
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