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West Bromwich Albion - Newcastle United Betting Preview: Defensive deficiencies could lead to goal glut

After claiming three successive Premier League draws, West Brom will be targeting all three points when they welcome Newcastle United to the Hawthorns on New Year’s Day.

The Baggies claimed a point against Hull City, Tottenham and West Ham respectively and can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) with Coral to enjoy victory over the Magpies on Wednesday afternoon.

Alan Pardew’s men slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon but the visitors will be in confident mood having claimed maximum points from three of their last four matches on the road.

Furthermore, the Magpies ran out as 2-1 winners when these sides met at St James’ Park at the end of November and there is value in the 7/4 (2.75) quote from Coral for Alan Pardew’s men to claim all three points when they meet again on Wednesday. The draw is available at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm.

Newcastle have been in fine form in recent weeks and appear to have been underestimated by the odds compilers here, with Coral offering a hugely tempting 19/20 (1.95) quote for the Magpies in the draw no bet market.

The Baggies have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine matches in all competitions and Alan Pardew’s men look primed to exploit any defensive frailty exhibited by the home side on Wednesday afternoon.

The Magpies have netted in eight of their last nine matches on the road in all competitions and had netted 10 goals in just four matches before failing to find the net against Arsenal at the weekend.

It is worth noting, too, that West Brom have conceded at least twice in three of their last four matches on home soil so there could be value in backing the visitors to net at least twice at a tempting 13/8 (2.63) with Coral.

However, Newcastle have managed just two clean sheets in their last eight matches and, with that in mind, the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Coral for both teams to score could provide punters with a path to profit here.

Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) 3pts with Coral

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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