Bruges v Newcastle: Toon to maintain clean sheet record

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Newcastle know that a win in Bruges will all but see them through to the Europa League last-32 and, given their great form in the competition, there’s little to quash the belief that they’ll get it.

The Magpies can be backed at a hefty 15/8 to pick up three points in the Belgian capital, with the draw unanticipated at 23/10, while the hosts are 7/5 to inflict a first defeat on the Tynesiders in this competition.

Bruges’ defeat at Zulte Waregem was their fifth on the spin and with the Toon yet to concede a single goal in continental action, they’re well worth backing at this big price.

On the premise that the visitors are going to claim the spoils here, an away win to nil offers great value at 7/2. Newcastle’s only clean sheet on the road this season came at Maritimo in the opening Group C game and, even though they’ve failed to win a single game outside the Sports Direct Arena, the gulf between these two teams still make this worth a bet.

Only one game of the six played in this group has resulted in both teams getting on the scoresheet, which makes the 11/10 on offer for one or neither side to score at the Jan Breydel Stadion.

Papiss Cisse is likely to lead the Geordie line in this one, having fallen behind Demba Ba in the Premier League pecking order, and the Senegalese hitman is a 5/1 shot to open the scoring.

It’s surely just a question of time before he rediscovers the lethal form that he announced himself onto the Premier League scene with, having endured an unfortunate spell in front of goal at the start of the campaign. The 5/2 on offer for him to register at any point in a Newcastle win is also worth a few quid.

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