Rochdale v Newcastle Betting Tips & Predictions

13:31 Sat 04 Jan
FA Cup
Tip: 2 AH -1
Units: 3/5

Newcastle United are doing a lot better in the Premier League than many expected this season, with the Magpies having accrued twenty-five points from their twenty games played thus far.

Steve Bruce’s side sit in eleventh place and their seven-point cushion from the relegation zone might see the manager field a fairly strong team for Saturday’s lunchtime visit to Spotland.

Yes, Newcastle have played a lot of matches over the Christmas schedule, although winning the FA Cup must be an enticing prospect for Bruce and this actually represents an attractive tie considering the plight of their opponents.

Rochdale sit in nineteenth place in the League One table, with Brian Barry-Murphy’s side averaging less than a point per match and, at the time of writing, they have lost three successive matches.

While Dale scrambled past Boston in the previous round of the competition, it’s hard to see how they’re going to pull off an upset considering that they have only won two of their eleven matches at home this season.

Forward Ian Henderson might be fit to take his place for the clash, while 40-year-old Aaron Wilbraham recently bagged a brace against Fleetwood although it’s a tall order to see them competing favourably against Premier League opponents.

Newcastle will want to enjoy a confidence boost by landing a convincing win in Lancashire and we like the odds-against quote that the Magpies win the clash off a mark of -1 goal.

This means you will get money back if the game ends in a slender victory for Newcastle, although a two-goal margin of victory or bigger would see punters in profit.

It’s likely that we’ll see the effective Andy Carroll get more game time here, while Dwight Gayle, Matt Longstaff and Christian Longstaff will be among the other players wanting to impress the manager.

Newcastle -1 @ 2.03 with bet365

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