Newcastle have been uncharacteristically busy in the transfer market this summer as they attempt to put last year’s disappointment behind them, and will hope to get this campaign off to a positive start when they travel to Boundary Park to take on Oldham tonight.
Alan Pardew’s men are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with bet365 to come out on top against their League One hosts, who are available at 4/1 (5.00) to secure a shock victory, while the draw is priced at 7/2 (4.50).
With new signings Siem De Jong and Ayoze Perez set to make their debuts in a reasonably strong line-up, Magpies fans will be optimistic that their team can record a convincing win against a team that lost 4-1 against Steaua Bucharest in their opening pre-season friendly.
Meanwhile, new West Brom boss Alan Irvine will come under the public gaze for the first time as he takes his team to the New Meadow to face Shrewsbury Town, having overseen a 2-0 behind-closed-doors victory over Bury on Saturday.
The former Sheffield Wednesday manager has added Premier League experience to a side that narrowly avoided relegation last season, bringing in Chris Baird, Joleon Lescott and Craig Gardner alongside Belgium international Sebastien Pocognoli from Hannover 96.
With almost a full squad to choose from, the Baggies are 8/13 (1.62) favourites to secure another victory against a team that were relegated from League One last season, with Mickey Mellon’s team outsiders at 10/3 (4.33) to come out on top and 14/5 (3.80) to grind out a draw.
With a host of experienced top flight players seeking to impress their new manager, Irvine’s side are worth backing alongside Newcastle to bring in a double worth just over 13/10 (2.30).
|Newcastle & West Brom both to win at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365
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