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Victor Chandler writes...
7:12pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Sport
NEWCASTLE are yet to score a goal in 180 minutes of Premier League football, but at least they got a point at St James's against a limited but resilient West Ham on Saturday - and are out to 16/1 at BetVictor in our market without the big six and 1/3 to finish the campaign in the bottom half.
They travel to Morecambe on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup with the Sky cameras looking for a giant-killing, from a side who gained their first win of the campaign when they beat Exeter 2-0 at the weekend.
Alan Pardew's side are 8/15 to win in 90 minutes with the draw 7/2 and the Shrimps 11/2. The two Manchester Clubs and Chelsea are our 7/1 co-favourites with Newcastle out to 50s to lift the trophy.
Fulham are the visitors to St James's Park on Saturday, a game where Pardew will hope to have Loic Remy available for as, despite a win at the Stadium Of Light, Fulham are very ordinary.
The Magpies are 21/20 with the draw 5/2 and the Whites 27/10.
Sunderland picked up a point at Southampton and Paolo Di Canio was, naturally, delighted with the draw despite losing a late equaliser.
The Saints have assembled a very strong squad and a draw could look an excellent result in a couple of months' time.
The Black Cats are 1/6 to end the campaign in the bottom half ahead of their own Capital One Cup tie with MK Dons tomorrow. Sunderland are 8/15 to win in 90 minutes with MK Dons 6s for the upset and the draw at 16/5.
I expect a feisty encounter at Selhurst Park on Saturday night when Sunderland face Palace in front of the Sky cameras. The Eagles are without a point but Palace must pick up points in front of their home crowd if they are to have any chance of making their stay in the PL anything other than a brief flirtation.
It is hard to pick between the sides but home court advantage gives Palace the edge as far as the oddsmakers are concerned with the hosts 6/4 favourites from Sunderland 19/10 and the draw at 12/5.
Boro entertain Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and Tony Mowbray's side are a shade of odds against to beat the Owls at 21/20, with Wednesday 11/4 and the draw at 23/10.
Pools remain one off the foot of the League Two table after their frustrating defeat to Fleetwood. Colin Cooper's side are into 4/1 to lose their League status, with Accrington 2/1 market leaders followed by Newcastle's mid-week opponents Morecambe at 4/1 with Pools.
There should be a big crowd in attendance at Gosforth Park this afternoon for the feature Blaydon Race Nursery handicap.
The race and the meeting is not as it once was but the hope is that the ground dries out enough for Stars Over The Sea a son of the brilliant Sea The Stars and half-brother to a number of winners.
Trainer Mark Johnston won this corresponding race with a top-weight in 2009 and the hope is that he can give the weight away all-round.
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