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Newcastle vs Birmingham – Hosts to get back to winning ways

| 07.05.2011

Newcastle’s recent record at St James’ Park may not be the best, but 12/5 look the value bet in the Premier League odds that they win to nil against Birmingham.

Match Odds

With Newcastle now having nothing really to play for this season, it is hard to know how well Alan Pardew can get them up for the visit of Birmingham.

Based on recent form, Newcastle may have some difficulty as they have taken just six points from their last six games and won just one of their last six on their own patch.

However, they have only lost one of their last 11 Premier League encounters with Birmingham and have triumphed on six of these occasions.

It is 10/11 that Newcastle beat Birmingham and given the regular difficulties the visitors have in front of goal, it may prove prudent to have a small punt on them getting the job done without conceding.

Birmingham are 3/1 to collect just a third away win of the season, while the draw that would edge them a step closer to securing their safety is available at 12/5.

Over/Under 2.5 goals

With Birmingham renowned for their lack of goals and Newcastle not replacing Andy Carroll, it would not be the worst assumption that the fixture at St James’ Park is liable to be low scoring.

Meanwhile, Birmingham have also had the fewest number of shots on target in the top-flight this season and have gone 58 Premier League games without having netted more than two goals.

It is 4/5 in the Premier League odds that the clash witnesses under 2.5 goals scored, but there is also a case to be made that there will be goals aplenty.

On average this season, St James’ Park has seen more goals than any other Premier League ground and therefore 10/11 may be worth considering on over 2.5 goals being scored.

A £30 stake on Newcastle beating Birmingham 1-0 would return £180. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.