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Magpies are outsiders for Carrow Road trip
4:28pm Friday 11th January 2013 in Sport
Newcastle's season suffered another setback as they exited the FA Cup at Brighton and the Magpies dismal form means they are Ladbrokes' 12/5 outsiders as they come face-to-face with former boss Chris Hughton's Norwich side at Carrow Road.
The Canaries are BetVictor's 6/5 favourites, while Stan James make United 12/5 to snap their losing sequence, by landing a point and it's 6/1 (Betfred) to finish one-apiece.
In the handicaps, BetVictor hand Newcastle a goal start at 13/20 and cautious travelling fans can back their side at 6/4 in Paddy Power's 'Draw No Bet' market - but optimists will cling to the fact that United have already beaten Norwich once this season and for them bet365 post 11/1 against a repeat of the 1-0 scoreline from September's contest.
The same bookie offers identical odds about a 2-1 Magpies triumph, Skybet quote 7/2 for any away success by a one-goal margin and it's 13/2 (Stan James) for Papiss Cisse to grab the opener.
Given that they battled back from two down, Sunderland's FA Cup draw at Bolton will have boosted confidence and bookies feel there's a decent chance that Martin O'Neill's men will build on that comeback, bet365 installing Sunderland as 13/10 favourites ahead of the visit of West Ham, Stan James' 23/10 outsiders.
The pair drew at Upton Park earlier in the campaign and they're 12/5 with Skybet to do so again, while Betfred chalk 11/2 against a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from that match and BetVictor cater for wary home fans by offering 13/20 about a Black Cats triumph in the 'Draw No Bet' market.
The Hammers, however, have taken just one point from their last four away matches so Sunderland supporters will probably be keen to side with their team and bet365 make O'Neill's troops 11/4 to grab a crucial victory by a one-goal margin.
The visitors' lack of away goals hints at a Sunderland clean sheet (2/1, Ladbrokes) and Stan James make the Black Cats 13/5 to prevail 'to nil' at the Stadium of Light, where a 1-0 triumph is available via BetVictor at 15/2.
At the other end, Steven Fletcher is 5/1 (BetVictor) to notch first as he did in the pair's September meeting.
Only Championship leaders Cardiff have chalked up more home victories than Boro this term so it's perhaps not surprising that Tony Mowbray's men are considered 23/20 favourites by bet365 ahead of the visit of Watford, Ladbrokes' 5/2 chances.
The Hornets are in sixth spot and it's 8/1 courtesy of BetVictor to finish 2-1 in favour of Boro.
In what looks set to be a close affair, Skybet post 3/1 against a home victory by a one-goal margin, William Hill offer 5/1 about a Boro triumph following a level first period and in terms of goals, the game is 8/13 (Stan James) to throw up three or more.
Bet365 make Ishmael Miller 6/1 to fire the first of those, odds slightly bigger than the 5/1 posted by Stan James against Lukas Jutkiewicz in the same market.
In League One, Hartlepool are BetVictor's 4/1 underdogs ahead of the trip to Shrewsbury's New Meadow Stadium, where it's 11/4 (Ladbrokes) to end in stalemate.
Odds supplied by www.betrescue.com.
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