Chelsea should get the better of struggling Magpies

Northampton Saints' Tom Wood will be hoping to help England to another win when they face Wales in the World Cup on Saturday evening
Northampton Saints' Tom Wood will be hoping to help England to another win when they face Wales in the World Cup on Saturday evening

Newcastle United have had a miserable start to the season and they won’t be relishing the prospect of Chelsea visiting St James’ Park on Saturday evening.

The Blues head north off the back of wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal, with bet365 offering 8/13 about an away victory.

The Magpies will need to improve on last weekend’s 2-1 reverse against Watford, with Steve McClaren’s side on offer at 5/1 with BetVictor although it’s worth noting that Newcastle did win this fixture last season and they badly need the points this time around.

Nevertheless, the Newcastle defence have been badly exposed this term and Chelsea look an attractive bet at 9/5 (BetVictor) to win this game to nil, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill seemingly the preferred central defensive option after keeping the Gunners at bay last weekend.

Earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City and it’s a surprise to see Spurs available at 3/1 (bet365) considering Mauricio Pochettino’s team are looking very solid at the back.

The visitors were slightly fortunate to win at Selhurst Park recently although the league leaders will still be popular at 19/20 with Paddy Power.

Will this be the game where Sergio Aguero gets back to scoring ways?

He’s the 4/1 favourite with Skybet to break the deadlock, although Harry Kane is looking to break his Tottenham duck and maybe 13/2 (Ladbrokes) will look like a gift price after this match has been played.

Manchester United will be many punters’ Saturday afternoon bankers, with the Red Devils hosting a Sunderland side who are already massive favourites to be relegated.

William Hill go 1/4 about Louis van Gaal’s team and that man Anthony Martial is 18/1 with the same firm to bag himself a hat-trick.

Meanwhile, Leicester City are lighting up the division and bet365 offer a stand-out 16/5 that the Foxes claim victory over an Arsenal team who are by no means away bankers.

Should the Gunners be odds-on at 5/6 (Winner) when Riyad Mahrez is in the form of his life?

On Sunday, an in-form Watford team host Crystal Palace bidding to make it a hat-trick of victories after beating Swansea and Newcastle.

The Hornets are yet to concede a goal at Vicarage Road and Stan James dangle 6/4 in front of punters that the boys in yellow triumph.

Odion Ighalo is 6/1 (William Hill) to score the opening goal for the third game running, although Alan Pardew will be demanding an improvement after two straight defeats and BetVictor are brave enough to go 2/1 that we see the Eagles soaring once again.

Monday night’s Sky-televised encounter pits West Brom against Everton and it could be defences on top at The Hawthorns.

After all, the Baggies are keeping clean sheets for fun and the Toffees defence has been superbly marshalled by John Stones recently.

Predictably, Under 2.5 Goals is odds-on although 7/10 with BetVictor looks a value bet and a wager on No Goalscorer at 8/1 (Stan James) must surely give us a run for our money.

Elsewhere, Stan James price Liverpool at 1/2 to get the better of Aston Villa at Anfield and William Hill’s 6/5 chances West Ham can transfer their away form to Upton Park by edging out Norwich.

In the remaining two matches, meanwhile, bet365 go 5/2 about Southampton sharing the spoils with Swansea and it’s 23/10 (BetVictor) to prove inconclusive as Stoke entertain Bournemouth.

In the Rugby World Cup, England face Wales at Twickenham on Saturday as both teams look to stamp their authority on Pool A.

Stuart Lancaster’s troops get the nod from bookies, William Hill rating them as 3/10 jollies while the Welsh are 10/3 (bet365) to add to their emphatic victory over Uruguay.

In the handicaps, Skybet give the hosts a nine-point deficit to make up at even money and England winger Jonny May is Paddy Power’s 15/2 favourite to cross for the game’s first try.

Also on Saturday, South Africa should bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan and the Springboks are evens (bet365) to overhaul the 20-point handicap head start given to opponents Samoa. Also in Pool B, this time on Sunday, Scotland are 10/11 to cover USA’s 25-point cushion at Elland Road.

In the Super League, tomorrow’s (Friday) televised clash is proving tough to call for bookmakers.

Off colour Super 8s leaders Leeds are 11/10 via bet365 to get back on track by defeating in-form Huddersfield, who are also 11/10 (Stan James) to rack up a sixth straight win.

The Rhinos, however, should be over their Challenge Cup hangover by now and with a home semi-final at stake they should edge it – Ladbrokes offer 11/8 about them defeating the Giants by more than two.

Bet of the week: Chelsea to beat Newcastle ‘to nil’ – 9/5 (BetVictor).

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