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Newcastle United v Everton Betting Preview – Saturday 5th March, 2011

Fri, Mar 4, 9:06pm by Kevin Pitstock

How quickly a win changes things in this season’s Premier League. A couple of weeks ago it seemed as if Everton could be facing a rather uncomfortable scrap against relegation. While they are just five points above the drop zone, a win here would put them level on points with Newcastle, who seem comfortable enough floating around safely in mid-table after promotion. The home side here almost seem to be marking time until the end of the season, when we’ll see if they spend the money they got from the sale of Andy Carroll.

Newcastle remain stretched in terms of injuries and suspensions. Stephen Ireland, their midfield signing, has yet to make his debut. Ryan Taylor will be suspended following his red card in their last game. There is a chance that striker Shola Ameobi, an important figure following Carroll’s sale, might be able to play despite a broken cheekbone. He’d be in a face mask, but manager Alan Pardew is keen for him to be involved. His presence would make a difference. Newcastle are unbeaten in four games, with 3 draws, and a tidy win at Birmingham City. They are however, one of the weaker sides on home soil, with just four wins – and although they look like prolific scorers, with 31 goals, six of those came in one win over Aston Villa, so that stat is slightly misleading.

It seems to be one step forward, one step back for Everton. After what seemed to be a watershed win over Chelsea in the FA Cup, albeit on penalties, and a good home win against Sunderland, things unravelled suddenly with a home defeat by second tier side Reading in the FA Cup, which didn’t look too much of a fluke. Their goal scoring threat in midfield has also been greatly diminished by injuries, with Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini ruled out. The Belgian’s season is now over, while Cahill is out for three weeks or so. Everton do know how to make it hard for home sides when they travel, having picked up 7 draws in 14 road matches and with the loss of some of their most potent threats, you can see something similar going on here.

A draw wouldn’t be that bad a result for either side here, and with both sides light in attacking power, 0-0 looks very likely. The draw is priced up at $3.30 with Sportsbet Australia, and looks one of the best value prices of the entire Premier League weekend.
Get on the draw at $3.30 with Sportsbet Australia!

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