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Alan Pardew's men won narrowly when these sides met at St James' Park two weeks ago and Willie Duncan is expecting the Magpies to complete the double when they meet in Belgium

Newcastle United strengthened their position at the top of Group D of the Europa League with a slender 1-0 victory over Club Brugge at St James’ Park two weeks ago and the Magpies could book their place in the last 32 of the competition with victory over the out-of-sorts Belgian side when they meet at Jan Breydel Stadium on Thursday evening.

Brugge have endured a dismal run of results, having managed just one win in their last eight fixtures and, subsequently, head coach Georges Leekens has been shown the door by the club.

Reserve team coach Philippe Clement will take charge of the side for Thursday’s clash with Newcastle United and, despite their problems, the home side are chalked up as 11/8 (2.38) favourites with Bet365 to pick up all three points here.

Newcastle have collected seven points from their opening three games in the Europa League and look to be decent value at 15/8 (2.88) with Bet365 to win on Thursday, while the same firm go 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in a draw.

Brugge have scored just two goals from their opening three matches in the competition, while Alan Pardew’s men have notched only four so far.

It is also worth noting that the Magpies’ only away match in the group thus far ended in a scoreless draw with Maritimo and so it seems that another tight, low-scoring encounter is likely here.

With that in mind, the even money (2.0) quote from Bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored looks to represent outstanding value and that price should be snapped up accordingly.

Brugge appear to be in complete disarray coming into this match so the 11/10 (2.10) quote on offer from Bet365 for Newcastle United in the draw no bet market looks like an excellent prospect for punters, and is worthy of support on Thursday.

While the departure of a coach often leads to an upturn in a struggling side's fortunes, the Belgian outfit are in the doldrums at the moment and it may be worth siding with Alan Pardew’s men here.

A 1-0 win for the visitors is available at a chunky 9/1 (10.0) with Bet365 and that is the value selection in this clash.

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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Newcastle United draw no bet at 11/10 (2.10) with Bet365
Newcastle United to win 1-0 at 9/1 (10.0) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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