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Victor Chandler writes...
8:34pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
Newcastle United travel to the City of Manchester Stadium this evening as 10/1 outsiders with Manchester City 1/3 to give Manuel Pellegrini a winning start to his tenure as City boss.
After David Moyes Manchester United put down a marker with their 4-1 win at the Liberty Stadium, the City faithful will be looking for their new-look side to impose themselves early on.
It will be fascinating to see who Pellegrini starts up front tonight with new signings Alvaro Negredo (4/1 to score the opening goal) and Steven Jovetic (6/1) having joined Sergio Aguerro (4/1) and the inform (5/1) Edin Dzeko.
Ahead of their win over Hull yesterday Chelsea were 2/1 PL favourites but I think City 9/4 will reclaim their title and this is a very tough opener for the Magpies who are 10/1 in the market without the big six with Southampton the big movers of the weekend now 9/1 from 12s after their last-gasp win at the Hawthorns.
Papiss Cisse is 4/1 to score at anytime tonight and that might be the value.
Sam Allardyce is back in town next weekend and, ahead of tonight's fixture, Newcastle are 11/10 at BetVictor to beat the Hammers who are 12/5 to make it two wins out of two.
Sunderland are out to 10/3 to finish in the top half after their tame home loss to Fulham at the Stadium Of Light. They are into 4/1from 5s to be relegated on the back of drawing a blank against an ordinary Fulham side. The Saints are a shade of odds on at 17/20 to make it back-to-back wins in the PL at St Mary's with the Black Cats 16/5 and the draw at 12/5.
Marvin Emnes late equaliser against Blackpool was the least Boro deserved against the Seasiders, but the bottom line is that it was another two points dropped and manager Tony Mowbray will be going all out between now and the end of the transfer window in a fortnight's time to bring more of a cutting edge to his side.
QPR are back as market leaders for the title at 9/2 with Boro out to 33s, 8/11 to finish in the top half of the Championship and 7s to be promoted.
Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper was satisfied with his first point of the season at Bootham Cresent on Saturday and with the Fleetwood Town bubble having been well and truly burst by Burton Albion on Saturday, Pools will be looking forward to the visit of the Cod Army on Saturday.
Pools are 5/1 at BetVictor to be relegated and 23/10 to take three points at Victoria Park next weekend with Fleetwood 6/5 favourites and the draw at 12/5.
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