Newcastle 2018-19 Betting Preview: Are Benitez’s Boys Primed for Another Top-Ten Finish?
Newcastle 2018-19 Premier League Betting Odds
- To Win Title: +75000
- To Be Relegated: +550
- Point Total: 47.5 (Over -155/Under +125)
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In 2017-18, Newcastle finished in a solid 10th position with 44 points in their first season back in the Premier League. They really struggled in November/December but were able to go on a run after the new year to stay afloat. Even a slump toward the end of the season wasn’t enough to relegate them from the EPL.
In 2018-19, Newcastle’s season point total is slightly higher at 47.5, and the fact you can get plus-money on the under is awfully enticing. Their early schedule is incredibly tough as they play Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal within their first five matches, and they may have to chase points the rest of the season.
Tranfers IN: Midfielders Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea) and Kennedy (Chelsea),defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo, forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz, and goalie Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague.
Newcastle have made some decent signings, but they did lose striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, a team that could easily finish ahead of them in the standings. Manager Rafa Benitez hasn’t been too happy with the club’s lack of urgency to sign more players, which has caused some preseason rifts.
The Bet To Watch
I think there are two solid bets to make on Newcastle this season that are both related. For an early season bet, there’s great value on Rafa Benitez to be the first manager fired (8-1) primarily due to the fact Newcastle could be in a hole early. Benitez is someone other clubs will covet around the world, and things always seem a little dicey surrounding owner Mike Ashley. There’s a real possibility that Newcastle’s season could sour very quickly.
There’s also a ton of value on Under 47.5 points (+125) since the squad hasn’t improved enough, especially considering the deals other teams have made.
All odds current as of Aug. 2