Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday tips: Back goals at both ends at St James’ Park
Expect the Owls to cause Newcastle United a few problems at St James' Park this afternoon
December 26th, 2016
Sheffield Wednesday have been absent from the Premier League for a considerable length of time now and they have adopted the best strategy of building up a head of steam over a few seasons and launching a sustained challenge for a promotion attempt. It nearly paid off last season and it is looking good in 2016/17.
The Owls were surprise Championship play-off finalists last season when they lost 1-0 to Hull City at Wembley although few would be shocked were they to reach that stage again this term, however as things stand we certainly don’t envisage them catching Brighton and Newcastle United with the top-two currently sitting some eleven points clear of Wednesday. Should Carlos Carvalhal’s side continue performing as they have of late then we firmly believe that they could be amongst the mix for a play-off place towards the end of the campaign.
The Owls have won four of their last five competitive matches with their only defeat being to Reading. Steven Fletcher has been the hero in recent games with goals in three of those outings and the Scottish international will be confident of adding to this tally at St James’ Park this afternoon.
The Magpies have been giving an excellent account of themselves under manager Rafael Benitez and they are effectively nailed-on as far as promotion back to the Premier League is concerned, however they have slipped up a couple of times recently. Nevertheless this was only to be expected in what is a fiercely competitive division and we believe that their march towards the title will continue with three points this afternoon.
Newcastle are priced short at 7/10 to win today and they are hard to oppose even at that price, however we’re of the opinion that they are definitely not certainties against a pretty solid Wednesday outfit and the value lies in backing goals for both sides at 23/20 with William Hill.