The Europa League is back this week with a slew of matches on the radar, but with Metalist Kharkiv having a long winter break, Newcastle seems ready to pounce.
Newcastle finished second in its group behind Bordeaux with a 2-1 record at St. James Park/ The team had a +4 goal difference in those contests.
Despite its struggles in the EPL in which the northern English side currently sits in 16th in the 20-team table, the fact is Newcastle will be fully fit, and has acquired some quality players during the transfer window, while its opponents have only played one match in the last nine weeks -- a friendly match against a Norwegian club.
Metalist Kharkiv is currently in fourth place in the Ukrainian top flight. The side has fared much better in this competition as it went 4-1-1 during a group stage that included Bayer Leverkusen and Rosenborg. Metalist's road record in the Europa League is an even 1-1-1 with two goals for and against, and with its lack of games over the last two months the visiting side coud be ripe for the picking today.
Newcastle can be taken here at 2.25 over at our new partner William Hill.
The draw result in the outright market is listed at 3.10 also over at the same firm.
The visitors are slated to payout 3.40, while the draw no bet is listed at 2.37.
I like the under 2.5 here at 1.67 - I know, not the best value - due to Kharkiv's low rate of scoring and also allowing while on the road in the Europa, while Newcastle games at St. James Park have averaged under three goals per game.
Also take a look at the Papiss Cisse to score anytime bet at 2.25, and consider parlaying that together with a Newcastle win to see a payout of just over $50 on a $10 wager.
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