Anzi v Newcastle: Dominant Russians to extend home excellence

Although Anzi have played home Europa League games at three different grounds, the consistency of their results has not altered, having achieved seven wins from seven in Russia.

And with that in mind, Guus Hiddink’s men look well worth investment at 8/13 to beat Newcastle in this first-leg round of 16 tie.

Further lending weight to that claim is the fact that the Magpies have won only one away game in Europe all season, hence their lofty 9/2 price for victory here.

It is 11/4 regarding the draw, which looks the best Alan Pardew’s side can hope for if they are to break Anzi’s impressive winning streak on their own turf.

But the chances of the Toon gaining an invaluable away goal appear slim, given the stern defensive record of the hosts here.

In the aforementioned seven home games that Anzi have gone on to win, they have been breached only once, so the 7/10 that both teams don’t score appeals.

The 1/1 on an Anzi clean sheet looks a better bet though, considering the huge success rate such a punt would have had in their previous European outings on home soil.

At even better odds, the 6/4 about the hosts winning to nil is also hugely tempting.

It may be best to back a relatively low-scoring success for the hosts though, even if they do manage to keep Newcastle at bay.

2-0 was the most regularly recurring scoreline emanating from Anzi group stage games this term, and it is 11/2 they win via that result again.

Alternatively, Hiddink’s charges, who beat English opposition Liverpool 1-0 earlier in the season, can be backed at 5/2 to win a game featuring less than 2.5 goals.

Samuel Eto’o will be a popular first scorer pick, given his four strikes in eight European matches so far this term, and the former Barcelona forward is 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.