Alan Pardew's side will be keen to bounce back after suffering a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Rio Ave but Willie Duncan is expecting a drab encounter when they meet Costinha's menNewcastle United will look to end their two-match tour of Portugal on a winning note when they take on Pacos de Ferreira at Estadio da Mata Real on Tuesday evening.
Alan Pardew’s men were beaten 3-1 by Rio Ave at the weekend but are chalked up as Bet365’s 5/4 (2.25) favourites to claim victory on Tuesday night.
Costinha was appointed as Pacos manager last month and began his reign with a dour 0-0 draw against his former club, Beira Mar, so the 38-year-old boss will be eager to claim his first win against the English Premier League side.
Pacos can be backed at 13/8 (2.63) with Bet365 to record a victory over Alan Pardew’s men on Tuesday evening while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that the match ends in stalemate.
Newcastle, of course, will be without talismanic striker Papiss Cisse for this clash after the striker refused to join up with his team-mates for the tour and, without the Senegalese star, the Magpies may find it difficult to make their presence felt in Portugal.
Pacos, too, lacked a cutting edge in their opening friendly fixture and there may be value in backing Bet365’s appealing 23/20 (2.15) quote that this match features fewer than three goals.
The match to be drawn at both half-time and full-time is available at a generous 5/1 (6.0) with Bet365 while the 5/4 (2.25) quote on offer from the same firm for the match to be level at half-time also looks to be generous.
Should both teams fail to hit the target, Bet365 will refund all losing correct score, half-time/full-time and correct score bets placed before kick-off – an offer which is sure to prove popular with punters ahead of this clash.
The draw is appealing at a chunky 5/2 (3.50) with Bet365 but those looking to get involved are advised to snap up the hugely generous 23/20 (2.15) quote from the same firm for fewer than three goals to be scored when these two sides clash on Tuesday night.
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