The Magpies have punched above their weight this season and have yet to taste defeat. Jim Knight investigates which club could potentially end this impressive streakNewcastle United are definitely the surprise package of the Premier League so far. After returning to the top flight, fans and pundits alike may have expected them to consolidate their position of 12th place. Instead, Alan Pardew has led his side on an unbeaten run stretching 11 games and the Magpies are a dizzying third in the table.
His club now face a tough run of fixtures as they take on both the Manchester giants and Chelsea in their next three games. William Hill are offering a market specifically based on when their unbeaten run will end so let's dig a little deeper into the chances of that happening.
Manchester City (Away) @ 1/3
The overwhelming favourites for this market and rightly so. Roberto Mancini's side have looked relentless in their pursuit of a first Premier League crown and are playing with real confidence.
Against a team that have won every game at home this season, can Newcastle’s solid defence stand up to City's squad of superstars? A thin price of 1/3 on suggests this may be the end of the line for the unbeaten run.
Manchester United (Away) @ 10/3
Manchester United may not have matched their city rivals in the early going but they still sit second in the table and will prove a tough test at Old Trafford after back to back 1-0 victories.
Although they have ground out results at times this season, they still look a good deal off their best but United have a great record against Newcastle in recent times, winning six out of the last nine matches. A price of 10/3 could look like value if Manchester City don't end their run at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
Chelsea (Home) @ 14/1
The games don't get much easier for Alan Pardew as his side then take on Chelsea, who have been a little inconsistent under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Home advantage will help the hosts in this one, they have showed their ability to cope with big games already after draws with Arsenal and Spurs at St James' Park a.k.a the Sports Direct Arena. With Chelsea looking far from solid defensively, the Magpies may fancy their chances of getting at least a point from the Blues.
None of these @ 14/1
Newcastle have dealt well with every challenge they have been set so far and if they emerge from their next three games undefeated, you will get a generous price of 14/1. A market for the more optimistic Geordie supporter.
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Jim Knight is a sports enthusiast and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast