Newcastle v Anzhi Makhachkala Betting Preview
To their huge credit, the Magpies came through their first leg out in Russia unscathed. Given Aznhi’s impressive home European form, Newcastle kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the quarter finals with a 0-0 draw. Now the question is whether or not they can take advantage of their own good home form and end the Anzhi adventure.
Newcastle v Anzhi Makhachkala Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Newcastle 6/4, Anzhi 15/8,Draw 11/5
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It was defense that got the Magpies through a big first test in this tie, ending Anzhi 100% home record in Europe. Prior to the Premier League side showing up, the Russians had won seven out of seven home matches. That was the first meeting between the two sides and now it will be Newcastle’s defensive record at home which they will need to turn to. In their three European fixtures since the turn of the year they haven’t conceded, and they are unbeaten in their last twelve home fixtures in European competition. Their last defeat came all the way back in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto cup against Deportivo La Coruna. Defense is going to be crucial for the home side, because they are the lowest scoring team left in the competition.
Newcastle have netted just eight goals to get this far in the competition, the lowest tally by any of the surviving teams who came through the group stage. This really has the potential to go all the way to a penalty shoot out. If it does then Newcastle are inexperienced there, having faced just one shoot out ever before in Europe, and losing that. That said, Azhi are totally inexperienced having never been involved in a penalty shoot out in UEFA Competition. This is the first time that Anzhi have made it to the last 16 of a European competition and they do have the wise head of Guus Hiddink at the helm to guide them through. However, the Russians have not won in four away games now in Europe. They have taken two draws and two defeats in their last four European away games.
After having entered the stage at the second qualifying round, Anzhi along with Viktoria Plzen are the two longest surviving teams in the competition. It was all about defences on top in the first leg, but it was Anzhi’s Samuel Eto’o looked the most likely to break the deadlock. The Russians did have the better control and possession in the first leg, with the injury hit Newcastle not creating very much at all. With Newcastle’s form improving in the Premier League and getting further away from relegation danger, they can concentrate on Europe. It will be down to the depth and spirit of the squad though with this tie wide open and being in danger of conceding an away goal on the night. Pardew should be fielding a much stronger side though.
Samuel Eto’o looked the most dangerous player on the pitch in the first leg, looks a decent call for First Goalscorer at a price of 5/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.
Newcastle DWWLWDW, Anzhi LDWDDL
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Will the second leg go the same way as the first. There was little to choose between the two sides in the first leg, with defences well on top. It could be worth taking advantage of online bookmaker Bet365’s 0-0 Bore Draw Insurance again for this one. If the game ends in a 0-0 draw, then the bookie will refund all losing Half Time/Full Time, Correct Score and Scorecast bets placed on the match. Great coverage in a tight looking tie, and new customers registering an account can get up to a £200 bet as a welcome bonus, as Bet365 will match the value of your first deposit.