You won’t get a better price about Southampton beating Newcastle with both teams scoring than Ladbrokes’ 9/2, which will be available from 8am on the morning of kick off.
The best price any other bookmaker can currently conjure for this wager is 17/4, which means you’ll be better off by a quarter of a point with Ladbrokes if the Saints downing the Geordies while conceding at St James’ Park takes your fancy.
At these odds it probably should, as Newcastle have lost six of their past eight games, going down despite getting on the scoresheet twice in that run.
Furthermore, John Carver’s men have bagged three goals in each of their past two home fixtures, only failing to find the net once in front of the faithful since the first game of the Premier League campaign against champions Manchester City.
Saints certainly know where the goal is, having struck in every one of their seven outings since snapping a five-match losing streak midway through last month.
Only Chelsea have prevented Ronald Koeman and co from claiming maximum points from their past five Premier League games, with the south coasters banking the full six from their last couple of top-flight road fixtures.
The combination of Southampton’s winning machine and Newcastle regularly getting off the mark without managing positive results suggests this boosted bet may well land, while also bringing up over 2.5 goals in the match at 3/4.
Dusan Tadic and Shane Long grabbed Southampton’s openers in their last couple of road fixtures, but the pair had managed just one first goal between them under Koeman prior to New Year’s Day.
With Sadio Mane, who notched three openers in a row last month, still out injured, it may pay to swerve the first-scorer market in favour of an anytime punt on James Ward-Prowse to grab his first ever Saints strike at 19/5.