Newcastle - Club Brugge Betting Preview: Why over 2.5 goals looks highly likely tonight

After providing another winner from Wednesday's games, Phil Kitromilides believes the price of 4/5 (1.80) for at least three goals to be scored this evening holds real value
The leaders of the Belgian Pro League travel to the north east of England this evening having suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend.

Indeed the eye catching 4-1 defeat at OH Leuven was Club Brugge's first league loss for 15 matches and far from the ideal preparation for this evening's match against Newcastle.

The Magpies meanwhile have stuttered a little domestically after a promising start with just two wins from their opening eight Premier League matches.

They were however, hugely impressive in their last Europa League outing, dispatching Bordeaux 3-0 and another victory for Alan Pardew's side can be backed at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power.

Brugges for their part are available at 9/2 (5.50) with the draw offered at 14/5 (3.80).

Yet with two teams that like to try and play attractive, entertaining football the temptation has to be to back over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80).

Brugges have some excellent forward players, none more impressive than Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, who with nine goals in eight league games so far has caught the eye of some of the continent's biggest clubs.

Brugges are the leading scorers in the Belgian Pro League with their domestic matches averaging 3.82 goals a game. Furthermore they have been involved in 12 competitive matches this season which have seen over 2.5 goals scored.

Newcastle meanwhile have seen four of their last five matches go over 2.5, including their last match in this competition, with their Premier League matches averaging 2.62 goals.

The statistics therefore all point towards a high scoring encounter and backing at least three goals to be scored looks like a extremely solid selection.

For a value bet, the price of 11/5 (3.20) for Brugge's in form striker Carlos Bacca to net at any time is well
worthy of some consideration.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
Carlos Bacca to score at any time at 11/5 (3.20) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.