Newcastle expected to continue good form over Stoke City

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Newcastle go into the festive period with realistic aspirations of breaking into the coveted top four bracket but an uninspiring home record means Newcastle United v Stoke City betting is an interesting puzzle to tackle.

Premier League betting fans will know that while the Magpies are on the cusp of forcing their way into Champions League reckoning this has little to do with their home form.

Alan Pardew’s side have won just four of their last 11 games at St James’ Park and know a win over Stoke City is a must if they are to solidify their place at the top end of the league.

However, the hosts will be more than confident of doing that and new Ladbrokes customers looking to place their free bets on the UK’s leading sports betting website could be tempted to back the home win after looking at the Potter’s away form.

Just one win in 10 attempts on the road is hardly likely to inspire even the staunchest Stoke fan but one thing online football betting enthusiasts can be sure of is a glut of goals.

It has been nine games since Newcastle and Stoke last played out a goalless draw and eight of the last 10 ties have yielded over 2.5 goals.

With Ladbrokes’ online betting platform offering more than 100 markets across the betting site there is plenty of opportunity for customers to put such stats to use and the over/under market is just one of the more popular offerings from the bookmaker.

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Matt Wiggins

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