This Wednesday Evening sees an interesting matchup featuring two teams who are both seeking the points for different reasons when Newcastle take on Everton at St James Park and the game kicks off at 2000 GMT.
Over the Christmas period Newcastle have been involved in some dramatic matches and in two games at Old Trafford and the Emirates they found the net six times before losing 4-3 and 7-3 respectively. Indeed Newcastle are going through a very bad spell at the moment and their last 10 game form reads won two, drawn none and lost eight with the two victories coming at home to bottom six sides Wigan and QPR.
Newcastle United can be backed at around 3.30 and this certainly looks to offer some reasonable value as I have them rated at around 2.50. Newcastles home record against teams of Everton’s grading reads a very respectable won six, drawn two and lost one. If you do fancy Newcastle to bounce back from their recent poor run then you are certainly best keeping the draw on your side and Newcastle can be backed +0.25 goals at 1.93.
The draw can be backed at 3.50 and given Everton’s recent away record this should certainly be given some serious consideration.
In contrast to Newcastle Everton are having a very good season and before this round of matches they are just sitting outside the Champions League places having lost just three games in their last 29 league matches with a record that reads won 13, drawn 13 and lost three.
Everton’s recent away form to teams of Newcastle’s grading reads won four, drawn four and lost two. Also we can see from Evertons recent general form the draw features prominently and when it comes to the away games Everton have drawn 12 of their last 19 away matches. Everton can be backed at 2.40 and although I feel this doesn’t offer massive value both teams recent form just cannot be ignored and if you do fancy Everton to carry on their run of decent form then they can be backed -0.25 goals at 2.04
As far as goals are concerned then we have some fairly contrasting stats when looking at how both sides have performed against similar opposition taking into account both sides previous last 10 respective home and away games against similar opposition Over 2.5 goals has been seen in 11 of the last 20. In general form three or more goals have been seen in six of both Newcastles and Evertons 10 respective home and away games this season. Over 2.5 goals can be backed at 1.81 and this looks to offer some small value.
In other markets Everton look to be the Both teams to score kings at the moment with both teams finding the net in Eight of their 10 away games this season. Both teams to score can be backed at 1.67 and even at this low price looks to offer value.
In summary there is a strong draw bias here especially looking at Everton’s recent away form and this looks a solid option at 3.50