Sidemarket Special: Baggies and Magpies to find the net... again

Steve Clarke's men can play their part in what should be an entertaining game at St James' Park.
Steve Clarke's men can play their part in what should be an entertaining game at St James' Park.

Jaymes Monte takes a look at the sidemarkets for this weekend's Premier League fixtures and picks out his best bets...

"Of the 11 league and cup games that they have played during that five-season period Newcastle have won four, West Brom three and three have ended level, with both teams scoring in every one of those matches."

Both Teams To Score - Back Yes @ 1.768/11

Norwich v C Palace - First Half Goals 0.5 - Back Under 0.5 @ 3.211/5

Within hours of being confirmed as the captain of Crystal Palace's seemingly condemned and rapidly sinking ship, Tony Pulis was given a lifeline as he watched his new team beat Hull 1-0 at the KC Stadium. They could even move within one point of this weekend's opponents Norwich, if they were to pick up all three points at Carrow Road.

However, survival is a long-term project for Pulis and I fancy that he'd be more than happy with a point this weekend, likewise the Canaries will be focussing first and foremost on avoiding defeat following their recent loss at Newcastle.

I expect a tight and cagey opening to this game and particularly like the idea of backing a goalless first half at odds of 3.211/5. Chris Hughton's men have managed just one first-half goal all season, fewer than any other top flight team, while Palace haven't scored a goal in the opening 45 minutes in any of their last four fixtures.


Newcastle v West Brom - Both Teams To Score - Back Yes @ 1.768/11

The success and failures of Newcastle and West Brom have mirrored each other almost identically over the past half a decade. Relegated together at the end of the 2008/09 season, they were then promoted alongside one another the following campaign and have each gone from strength to strength since then to become established mid-table sides with few genuine fears of becoming involved in relegation battles.

Their head-to-head record over the past five seasons is also almost identical. Of the 11 league and cup games that they have played during that period Newcastle have won four, West Brom three and three have ended level.

But most telling is the fact that both teams have scored in every one of those 11 matches. Which is why the both teams to score bet at odds of 1.768/11 is the standout punt of this weekend.


Tottenham v Man Utd - Tottenham Clean Sheet - Back Yes @ 3.814/5

On the flip side, goals at White Hart Lane could be few and far between this Sunday. Spurs' drubbing at the Etihad last weekend should serve as a wake-up call for a side whose shortcomings have been somewhat exaggerated in the last seven days.

At one point during the week Andre Villas-Boas was even backed in to odds-on prices to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. Not so long ago Tottenham were being touted as genuine title contenders. Yes they have issues to address, but the manager certainly isn't one of them.

Despite last weekend's result Spurs have still managed to keep more Premier League clean sheets this season (7) than any other team in the division. And with much of this midweek's work likely to have been focusing on addressing the problems highlighted at the Etihad, odds of 3.814/5 are worth siding with for Hugo Lloris to keep yet another clean sheet.


2013-14 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 43 pts
Returned: 30.84 pts
P/L - 12.16 pts (after commission)

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