Newcastle United - Leeds United Betting Preview: Low-scoring contest likely in Cup crunch

Brian McDermott's side will fancy their chances of shocking the Magpies at St James' Park in the Capital One Cup but our tipster is anticipating few goals on Tyneside on Wednesday
Newcastle United will be eager to avoid a potential cup upset when they face Championship side Leeds United in the Capital One Cup at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

Alan Pardew’s men looked to have turned the corner in recent weeks, having gone four matches unbeaten in all competitions but the Magpies suffered a setback at the weekend when they suffered a 3-2 home reverse against Hull City.

Newcastle, though, are chalked up as warm favourites at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill to win on Wednesday and book their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Brian McDermott’s side made a solid start to the season but have lost three of their last four matches and are rated as a 4/1 (5.0) chance with William Hill to win on Tyneside. The draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

Leeds will take heart from the fact that their best form has come on their travels this season, with the Whites recording away victories over Ipswich Town, Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers respectively already this term.

Furthermore, the Elland Road side enjoyed Capital One Cup victories over Premier League opposition in the shape of Everton and Southampton last season and Brian McDermott’s men will travel to St James’ Park in confident mood.

Although many are expecting an open contest, the 8/13 (1.62) quote from William Hill for both teams to find the target is too skinny to consider here while the same firm also offer just 8/13 (1.62) for three or more goals to be scored.

It is worth noting, though, that prior to the weekend defeat against Hull City, Newcastle United had conceded just one goal in four matches while Alan Pardew’s side have managed just three goals in three matches on home soil thus far this term.

Therefore, value may lie in backing a low-scoring contest here and the 6/5 (2.20) quote from William Hill for fewer than three goals to be scored is the recommended play for punters here.

Under 2.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) 1pt stake with William Hill

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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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