Time to Back Overpriced Magpies

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 18:02 GMT

Demba Ba: Should be fit to lead the Newcastle attack
Demba Ba: Should be fit to lead the Newcastle attack

2pts Newcastle to beat Fulham (draw no bet) at 2/1 (Betfred).

Fulham v Newcastle (2000 GMT)

We'll cut straight to the chase here and say that Newcastle look a spot of value in this one.

The Magpies have not had the best of runs of late but their win drought was ended against Wigan on Monday night, a result which must have raised confidence in the camp.

Before that they looked a tad unfortunate to lose at Stoke having led with 10 minutes to go.

Alan Pardew rested plenty of his star men for Thursday's Europa League trip to Bordeaux, prioritising this fixture as he seeks a first away win of the season.

A lack of victories away from St James' Park has been the main reason for Newcastle's slump down the table, although closer inspection of their away record shows they've avoided defeat more often than not having drawn four times in seven outings.

Importantly this game seems to be coming at the right time for them.

First of all they have key members of their squad returning to fitness, including Chieck Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa - big players in their midfield - while Demba Ba should be fit as he looks to continue his superb Premier League record of 33 goals in 60 appearances.

Secondly, this looks a good time to be facing Fulham.

Historically renowned for being strong at home, they've already lost three times at the Cottage this term and it should have been four when they grabbed a late draw having been outplayed by Everton.

Throw in their away results and it's now no win in seven for Martin Jol's men, who have also failed to score in their last three.

All things considered, Newcastle look too big. They can be backed at 16/5 in the match betting but a better way to go is perhaps to side with them with the 'draw no bet' proviso.

You can get 2/1 with Betfred which looks more than acceptable.

Verdict: Fulham 0 Newcastle 2

  • The match is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.

  • Preview posted at 1800 GMT on 09/12/2012.