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Newcastle v Fulham: Toon to continue their wait to strike goals

| 30.08.2013

One side that revels in chaos takes on one that just wants the quiet life at St James’ Park as attention-craving Newcastle go head-to-head with prosaic Fulham.

It’s a game that’s difficult to call in terms of match betting, with 11/10 on offer for the Toon to prevail while the away win and draw are inseparable at 12/5.

It would be one of the latter, beefier alternatives that are more likely to catch the eye given Newcastle’s apparent inability to do the fundamental thing required to win a football match – score goals.

In their two Premier League games to date they’ve failed to find the back of the net, with their paltry attempt to do so against West Ham last time out – where they managed not a shot on target – suggesting they may have arranged some form of pact with scorers where they will refrain from troubling them at any cost.

It took them as long as 86 minutes to beat Morecambe’s League Two-standard keeper in the Capital One Cup in midweek too, so avoid backing a goal-filled dust up here if you have designs on making any money this weekend.

Under 2.5 strikes total is on offer at 5/6 with Ladbrokes and that is teetering on the border of banker territory.

Five of the last seven north east meetings between this contrasting pair have rewarded those brave enough to punt on the unders and, in arguably all of those games, the Magpies have been better endowed in the attacking department.

Interestingly, of the past five Tyneside duels, only two first-half goals have been scored of the seven in total.

With the goals forecast to arrive after the break, the 11/10 offering for the second half to be the most productive must appeal too.

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James Middleton