Accrington vs Newcastle – Home side to continue to keep it tight

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Newcastle may struggle to repeat the goalscoring exploits they displayed in their last Premier League outing against Aston Villa when travelling to Accrington Stanley in the second round of the Carling Cup.

Andy Carroll helped himself to a hat-trick as Chris Hughton’s team ran riot in their first game at St James’ Park this season in a 6-0 victory over Villa.

However, a combination of the fact that Newcastle are likely to field a less experienced team against Accrington and that the home side have proved impossible to break down in League Two make a repeat tough to expect.

Accrington lie in the play-off places in the league after an unbeaten start, which has been sufficiently aided by a defence that has failed to concede as yet.

Josh Payne did breach them in the opening round of the Carling Cup for Doncaster, but this did not prove enough as the Championship side were dumped out 2-1 after extra time.

Another upset victory for Accrington is 5/1 inside the 90 minutes, while they are 7/2 to qualify in their first ever showdown with Newcastle.

The Magpies have not gone out of the Carling Cup at the second round stage in two decades and have avoided being eliminated by a team from a lower division in the last seven years.

They are 8/15 to reach round three without the need for extra time, with Shola Ameobi in line for a start and available at 4/1 to be the tie’s first goalscorer.

For Accrington, Craig Lindfield was the hero in the win over Doncaster thanks to his strike in extra time and he can be backed at 5/2 to score at any time in the 90 minutes.

Newcastle are 33/1 to win the Carling Cup for the first time in their history. See the complete Carling Cup winners market.

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