Magpies could move towards mid-table by seeing off struggling Villa

Newcastle United manager Steve McLaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McLaren

Newcastle seemed to be a club in crisis a fortnight ago, although the Magpies have won back-to-back matches against Liverpool and Tottenham..

A victory over Aston Villa on Saturday evening will see the Tyneside team push towards mid-table and William Hill quote 21/20 that this happens.

Steve McClaren’s side have truly turned things around, with Villa looking hapless and you can get Newcastle HT/FT at 23/10 (BetVictor), with Remi Garde at a loss how to improve matters at Villa Park.

The visitors have been chalked up at 3/1 (Stan James) to claim a much-needed three points at St James’ Park to demonstrate they are not a forlorn prospect this term.

Chelsea’s woes continued at the King Power Stadium although they are 1/3 favourites (Paddy Power) to beat a Sunderland team who sit 19th in the Premier League table.

The Black Cats are a meaty 11/1 (BetVictor) to stun the Blues and climb level on points with the London side.

Everton and Leicester clash at Goodison Park and you can get the Foxes at 13/5 (Sky Bet) should you expect City to continue their amazing form.

Having beaten Chelsea, the Foxes will be feeling super-confident and that man Jamie Vardy is 11/2 (Ladbrokes) to open the scoring.

However, the Toffees are even money (bet365) to burst their bubble and get back to winning ways.

Manchester United have been widely criticised this season although they are 10/21 (Ladbrokes) to beat Norwich at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have only conceded one goal at home all season, with William Hill offering 11/8 about Louis van Gaal’s side triumphing to nil.

The Canaries are a 15/2 poke (William Hill) to pull off a surprise win.

Southampton have been off-colour recently and Stan James go 8/5 about the Saints beating Tottenham, with Spurs looking to recover from Sunday’s 2-1 home reverse against Newcastle.

Mauricio Pochettino is 19/10 (BetVictor) to enjoy a three-point haul on his return to St Mary’s.

Stoke City have lost just one of their past six matches, with the Potters hoping they can enjoy their Christmas dinner as a top-half team.

Sky Bet offer 6/4 about Mark Hughes’ team beating Crystal Palace, although the Eagles are flying high in sixth place. Alan Pardew’s side could be a decent shout at 2/1 (BetVictor) to land the spoils.

Bournemouth head to The Hawthorns after consecutive wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, with the Cherries 2/1 (Paddy Power) to beat a West Brom side who have been serving it up to the big boys recently.

The Baggies are 7/5 (Ladbrokes) to get over the line and pull well clear of the relegation zone.

Sunday’s clash at Vicarage Road looks an intriguing one, with Watford a 16/5 chance (Winner) to beat a Liverpool team who managed just a point against Newcastle and West Brom.

The Reds are even money with William Hill to pull off another smart away victory under Jurgen Klopp.

Swansea are still managerless as they entertain West Ham at the Liberty Stadium, with the Swans 23/20 (Winner) to beat a Hammers team who are sinking down the table. The visitors are 29/10 (BetVictor) and perhaps that’s too big a price.

Monday’s clash is the last Premier League one before Christmas and it looks like a humdinger.

Manchester City head to the Emirates and they are 15/8 (Stan James) to claim three points against a team who look like their main title rivals this term.

Arsenal are 6/4 with bet365 to enjoy a valuable three points which would make them favourites to win their first Premier League title for 12 years.

The draw clearly can’t be discounted and bet365 offer 5/2 that the game ends all square.

The World Darts Championship starts today (Thursday) with Michael van Gerwen installed as strong favourite (5/4 William Hill) to claim his second title at Alexandra Palace.

It’s been an amazing year for the young Dutchman who is clearly the player to beat, although there are plenty of other lively contenders.

Phil Taylor has 16 world championships under his belt and The Power is a 5/1 shot (Ladbrokes) to win this tournament, while reigning champion Gary Anderson has been chalked up at 7/1 (Paddy Power) to repeat his victory of 12 months ago.

Adrian Lewis also knows what’s required to win at ‘Ally Pally’ having won two world titles, with the man known as Jackpot available at 14/1 (Sky Bet).


Michael van Gerwen to win World Championship @ 5/4 with William Hill

Watford to beat Liverpool @ 16/5 with Winner

Everton to beat Leicester @ evens with Paddy Power

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