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Newcastle is the English Premier League team that every side wants to play as the season draws to a close and it is the good fortune of Leicester that the Toon Army will enter the King Power Stadium on Saturday for the round’s opening game.
Former Newcastle striker and boss Alan Shearer is just one of many Toon Army legends who have got stuck into the club’s current regime. Shearer says that Newcastle is in a mess and that the Toon Army may need one more point to maintain their English Premier League status. Shearer, however, does not know from where Newcastle is going to get its next English Premier League point and Toon Army manager John Carver wants protection from the abuse that fans are sending his way.
One thinks that Shearer is guilty of hyperbole on one level because Newcastle’s remaining English Premier League matches include home dates with West Bromwich and West Ham, plus an away assignment against Queens Park Rangers so the Toon Army should accrue at least one point from those three games. But one is not so sure about Newcastle’s ability to get anything out of its English Premier League trip to in-form Leicester.
For months there have been English Premier League supporters saying that Leicester was playing too well to go down and that the Foxes were not getting the rub of the green. Nigel Pearson and his Leicester team have kept the faith and they have been rewarded with a run of positive results that have lifted them out of the English Premier League relegation zone at the expense of Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland. Also, Leicester’s goal difference is superior to most of their neighbours towards the bottom of the English Premier League ladder, something that may come in handy.
Newcastle has lost each of its last seven English Premier League matches and the Toon Army have not scored an away goal for more than nine halves of football. Many bookmakers, including Bet365 and SkyBet, are offering odds of 19/20 1.95 -105 0.95 -1.05 0.95 about Leicester beating Newcastle in the first game of the 35th round. Those odds are big in the circumstances.
The second most attractive bet on the English Premier League program is over two and a half goals in Saturday’s match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, an option that is trading at odds of 67/100 1.67 -149 0.67 -1.49 0.67 with SkyBet.
Queens Park Rangers is one of the English Premier League’s leading over-two-and-a-half-goals sides, with 20 of its 34 games exceeding that line, including 12 of its 16 matches on the road. Liverpool’s English Premier League data is almost neutral – 17 of its 34 matches have gone over two and a half goals, including nine of its 17 home games – but one thinks that Saturday’s showdown is likely to skew over because both teams have to go all out for three points. Liverpool needs a win to enhance its UEFA Europa League qualification hopes, while Queens Park Rangers needs a win because draws do not cut it in its fight to stay in the English Premier League.
Finally, Manchester United is the best banker on the English Premier League card at odds of 37/100 1.37 -270 0.37 -2.70 0.37 with 888Sport and Unibet to beat West Bromwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Manchester United fluffed its lines in its first English Premier League home match but the Red Devils have posted 14 wins, one draw and one loss since losing 1-2 to Swansea and those numbers suggest that they will be far too strong for a West Bromwich team that looks safe from the dreaded drop.
Liverpool v Queens Park Rangers Over 2.5 goals
2nd May 15:00 GMT
Odds: 67/100 1.67 -149 0.67 -1.49 0.67
Where to Bet: SkyBet