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Newcastle vs West Ham: Goals thriller in prospect at St. James’s Park

| 10.11.2012

Newcastle welcome West Ham to St. James’s Park on Sunday, and their recent record in this fixture will instill confidence in punters backing the home side at 19/20.

The Magpies have lost only one of the past 13 encounters between the sides, thus the visiting Hammers should be approached with caution at 3/1.

They have managed to claim draws in five of the past 11 meetings of the teams though, and so some will take an interest in the 23/10.

What may prove a more popular selection is to back the score draw, as a 10/3 chance in a match where both sides have notched in six of the last seven encounters.

And it should be noted that a 2-2 scoreline emanated from four of the last five stalemates between these sides, so that outcome could again warrant attention at 14/1.

The standout bet in the game would appear to be for over 3.5 goals to be scored however, which looks way overpriced at 2/1.

Four or more goals have been registered in six of the last seven matches between this pair, and 17 strikes have occurred in the last four St. James’s Park clashes.

Meanwhile, the Toon have led at both half-time and full-time in two of their last three home wins over the Hammers, so may see support to do so again at 15/8.

They are also 2/1 to win both halves, a bet that will appeal more should Demba Ba pass a late fitness test.

Former West Ham striker Ba has discovered some sparkling early season form this term, and his seven goals so far make him an attractive proposition to open the scoring at 4/1.

For the visitors, four-goal top scorer Kevin Nolan is 9/1 to score first against his former club, whilst Andy Carroll is 7/1 to break the deadlock with his first Hammers goal.

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



John Klee