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2PTS Crystal Palace to beat Newcastle in the Championship

21/10 PaddyPower or 2/1 Coral, BoyleSports and Bet365

(Saturday 22nd August, 3.00pm KO)

After a summer of turmoil, Newcastle have surprised many people by making a positive start to the season. The Geordies have picked up seven points from their opening three fixtures in an unbeaten start. However, the off the field circus shows no signs of leaving town and it can only be a matter of time before results on the pitch begin to suffer. The exodus of “star” players continues as Damien Duff this week followed Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye out of St James’ Park. Steven Taylor is supposedly in talks with Everton at the time or writing and he too looks to have played his last game for the club. It must be extremely difficult for caretaker boss Chris Hughton to keep morale up as the uncertainty and exodus continues, with only two weeks left to bring in any replacements. Whilst Newcastle are likely to carry on picking up points at home, I think they will carry on from last season where they struggled badly on the road, winning just two away games. Every supporter of a Championship club will have their club’s home fixture against Newcastle in the diary and they will be seen as a major scalp.

Crystal Palace should be the proud owners of an unbeaten record so far this season but I’m sure you are all aware of what went on last weekend at Ashton Gate. For those of you who may have been away, Palace basically scored the opening goal yet the referee somehow decided it had gone wide and ruled it out. To add insult to injury, Bristol City then grabbed a last minute winner to leave colourful Eagles boss Neil Warnock foaming at the mouth. However, Palace bounced back mid week with an impressive win at Ipswich and are well capable of following that up with another victory over Newcastle. Neil Warnock has several of the most promising youngsters in the Championship in his squad and names such as Nathanial Clyne, Lee Hills, Victor Moses and Sean Scannell are likely to become familiar to fans of Premiership clubs before too long. They also have England U21 forward Freddie Sears on a season long loan from West Ham. Warnock seems to have put together a decent blend of youth and experience and Julian Speroni, Clint Hill, Darren Ambrose, Shaun Derry and Alan Lee have all been around the block and will offer guidance to the club’s youngsters. I don’t think there will be too many opportunities to back Palace at 2/1+ at home this season and they have a far better chance than the odds suggest in my opinion.

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2 pts West Bromwich Albion to beat Newcastle in the Championship 13/10 Bet365 (Saturday 8th August 5.30pm ko – Live on the BBC)
blog price comment: that price has now gone best available as I type is 11/10 Betfred
As you can probably tell from my ante post preview, I’m not expecting Newcastle to do very well this season. The club is in turmoil. Owner Mike Ashley cannot sell the club for love nor money and until he does everything is in limbo. Alan Shearer has now made television commitments for the new season and probably won’t be their new manager, which may not be a bad thing. As it stands, Chris Hughton is caretaker boss and he is literally working on a week by week basis, knowing that somebody else is likely to come in and take over sooner rather than later. Consequently, Newcastle have brought in no new players and are slowly offloading their top earners. Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, David Edgar, Sebastian Bassong and Habib Beye have all left the club whilst Danny Guthrie is currently injured. The departures or Owen and Martins severely weaken the Newcastle attack but even more crucial is the departure of defenders Bassong and Beye, leaving a threadbare looking back line. They were beaten 6-1 by Leyton Orient in a pre season friendly recently and their preparations for the new season could not have been any worse.
West Brom have lost manager Tony Mowbray to Celtic but they have a promising replacement in Roberto Di Matteo and more importantly, they have kept their squad together. Scott Carson, Giannni Zuiverloon, Neil Clemet, Robert Koren, Jonathan Greening, Chris Brunt and James Morrison should all do very well at this level whilst Swindon’s prolific goalscorer Simon Cox has been added to the attack. The Baggies are favourites to win the Championship and I don’t think you will get too many opportunities to back them at odds against this season. Newcastle are artificially short for the title in my opinion just because of the size of the club. They will be a major scalp to every Championship side and I think they will be lucky to scrape into the play offs once everything has been sorted out. West Brom should really be odds on in my opinion and I can see money coming for them before kickof.
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