While Bobby Robson was still in charge, it was always Newcastle’s home form that kept them from dropping into the lower echelons of the Football League, so last week’s drubbing by Fulham must have set the alarm bells ringing at St James’ Park. That loss was the first home defeat for the Graeme Souness since he took over in mid-September, and it is hard to know how they will come back against United.
The Red Devils have their own problems, namely a side that will not gel, but there still remains enough of a big gap in quality between the two to recommend a win for United. Double them up with Middlesbrough, who should have little difficulty dealing with relegation fighting West Brom, whose cause has not been helped by the delay in appointing Bryan Robson as the successor to Gary Megson. Robbo has already suffered relegations with both Boro and Bradford, and bet365.com goes 2/7 that he will suffer the same fate at the end of this season, and only 9/4 that the Baggies will finish bottom of the pile. Selection: Double on United and Boro, both @ 13/10 – pays out Ј52.90 for a Ј10 stake.
bet365 match prices … West Brom 21/10, Draw 21/10, Middlesbrough 13/10.
bet365 match prices … Newcastle 2/1, Draw 9/4, Man Utd 13/10.
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Live betting – Newcastle v Manchester Utd – Su Nov 14 – 16.00 BST (SS1)
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