Everton v Newcastle
While David Moyes goes from bad to worse at Old Trafford, new Everton boss Roberto Martinez has started to hit his stride at Goodison Park.
After years of perfecting Houdini-like escapes from relegation with Wigan (before the inevitable happened last season) the Spaniard could guide the only unbeaten Premier League side to fourth in the table – if they overcome the Magpies tonight at Goodison Park.
Newcastle have only beaten Aston Villa (twice) and QPR on their Premier League travels in 2013 and were turned over by Hull last weekend at St James’s Park.
The Toffees have won seven of their last eight home league games at Fortress Goodison – drawing the other – and continue to have one of the best home records in the top tier.
The Toffees are 4/6 to win over the 90 minutes with Newcastle trading at 9/2. This game ended in a 2-2 belter last season and it’s 13/5 that honours end even. It mightn’t suit the home fans but a draw will kick in a Money Back Special on all losing first, last, correct score and scorecast bets on the match.
It’s no surprise that almost 60 per cent of your hard-earned cash is on the home side. Newcastle are seen as dodgy travelers although a 3-1 win at Aston Villa did put some gloss on a side that only won two away games last season.
It took Everton a few weeks to click into gear but Roberto Martinez’s side are purring now and are chasing a hat-trick of Premier League victories after home and away wins over Chelsea and West Ham.
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It’s about as surprising as a X-Factor ‘exclusive’ but Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku are the big losers in Paddy’s book.
Alan Pardew should scribble down Lukaku’s name in his notebook – as he’s about the only French speaker the Magpies haven’t signed in the last 10 months.
The Belgian international is 9/2 to get the opening goal of the game or 5/4 to score at anytime on what is his home debut. Left-back Baines is 12/1 and 4/1 in the same market.
The pair ran the show against West Ham and the Chelsea loanee in particular was the difference between the sides when he came on as sub. He looks a shoo-in to replace misfiring Nikica Jelavic – who hasn’t scored in his last 14 PL games, (Man City, March ) up top. Both are losers in the book to score the last goal of the game.
Loic Remy looks to be the Magpies best chance of a goal and has attracted money at 9/1. Hatem Ben Arfa – who scored a wonder goal (above) the last time Newcastle won here in 2010 – is 11/1 to score first and the same price to score last for NUFC.
Paddy will be watching from behind the sofa if this game is tied at 4-4 with five minutes left as he’s facing a 350/1 pay-out. Back in the real world a 2-1 win for Everton at 13/2 has attracted the most bets while a flood of money at 2-0 for the Toffees has forced the traders to take evasive action and knock it into the same price.
Fabricio Coloccini to score first and Newcastle to draw 4-4 has seen some punters try to break the bank with a potential 5,000/1 payout. It’s a long shot and will definitely enter the Stupid Punt Hall of Fame archive but Newcastle to win 2-1 with Loic Remy getting the opener is attracting attention at 75/1.
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