Betting round-up: Newcastle hoping for deja vu

They pulled off a memorable victory in the corresponding fixture last season, but can Newcastle United manage a repeat performance against the Blues on Saturday

Newcastle are being given little hope by the bookies of repeating their sensational win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season when the two English Premier League heavyweights meet in the pick of the eight Saturday games this weekend.

Chelsea, the reigning European and FA Cup champions, are the early pacesetters this season with two wins from two matches to throw down the early gauntlet to the big-spending Manchester clubs that this season's title battle will not be a two-horse race between City and United.

And the Blues are $1.48 at online bookmakers Luxbet to make it a hat-trick of wins to start the new season on Saturday against Newcastle, who are tremendous value at $6.50, with the draw at $4.10.

Chelsea might be unbeaten so far this season and look to have found a star in big-money signing Eden Hazard, but the Geordies did finish fifth last season and got their EPL campaign off to a great start last week with a 2-1 win at home over last season's fourth-placed team Tottenham.

And who could forget the Magpies' 2-0 win at Chelsea late last season thanks to two of the best goals you could ever wish to see from exciting striker Papiss Cisse?

Cisse is at odds of $3.50 at Luxbet to score again at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's game while he is at $9.25 to score either the first or last goal of the game, as he did in the corresponding fixture last season.

And while Newcastle are surely worth a small bet at such tempting odds, the worry for the Geordies is they are coming back from a long trip to Greece on Thursday for their Europa League tie.

Sunderland and Southampton to claim home wins at $1.84 and $2.08 respectively at Luxbet
West Ham to defeat Swansea at $3.60 at Luxbet, with a saver on Newcastle United at $6.50 over Chelsea

Meanwhile, Manchester United are at the prohibitive odds of $1.28 at Luxbet to bounce back from their shock first-up loss to Everton when the Red Deveils travel to Fulham, who have been given next to no chance at $10.50.

And with United losing two games in a row about as often as their manager Sir Alex Ferguson agrees with the amount of stoppage time being played, the Red Devils do look the bet of the day for those prepared to take short odds.

Tottenham are also short at $1.49 at Luxbet to avenge their first-up loss to Newcastle when Spurs host West Brom, who are great value at $6.50 considering their magnificent first-up 3-0 win over Liverpool.

Sunderland are better value at $1.84 at home to Reading, who were beaten 4-2 by Chelsea on Wednesday as Australian keeper Adam Federici made his second howler in as many games to start the season, with the Royals unfancied at $4.20.

However, the other four games are much closer in betting.

The most interesting is Norwich at home to QPR, with both sides having lost 5-0 on the opening day of the season.

The Canaries are $2.25 favourites at Luxbet with QPR at $3.05, while the draw looks value at $3.30 - although this might be a game best avoided.

Swansea are $2.05 favourites at home to build on their first-up 5-0 win over QPR by beating newly promoted West Ham [$3.60 at Luxbet], although the Hammers look good value following their home win over Aston Villa.

Fellow promoted side Southampton will fancy their chances at home at $2.08 at Luxbet against perennial strugglers Wigan at $3.40, with the Saints unlucky to go down 3-2 to reigning champions Man City at Eastlands in the opening round.

Aston Villa host Everton in the toughest match of the day to predict, with the Toffees favourites at $2.40 at Luxbe following their first-up win over Manchester United.

Villa are at $2.85, although we fancy the draw in this one at $3.25.

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