Oxford United Vs Newcastle Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals – 4 February 2020

Another competitive showing from Oxford?

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Oxford United Vs Newcastle United

Tuesday 4th February 2020 – 20:05 Kick-Off
English FA Cup (replay)
Pick: Under 2.5 Goals
Odds: Evens
Bookmaker: BetVictor

(All betting odds displayed in this article were correct at time of writing: 2nd February 2020 at 14:30)

Preview: There were to be no goals and, as a consequence, no winner when these teams cancelled each other out at St James’ Park. Oxford United have the advantage of playing at home on this occasion, however. Can that inspire them to a famous win over Newcastle United?

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Oxford United Preview – U’s have form for producing against all odds?

In the cup competitions this season, Oxford United have thus far thrived as the underdog with plenty of bite about them. Their run to the last-eight in the EFL Cup featured a stunning 4-0 victory over West Ham, whilst even managing to deliver a competent performance against Man City when keeping the score to within two goals in a 3-1 loss. Both encounters were at their Kassam Stadium, where their record throughout 2019/20 is cause for encouragement ahead of hosting this replay.

This is the FA Cup, of course, but the precedent for a big display is undeniable. Particularly if their form in this tournament holds up. Hayes & Yeading (0-2), Walsall (0-1) and Hartlepool (4-1) were all dispatched for the loss of one goal in prior rounds before frustrating Newcastle in a goalless draw at St James’ Park. Down in League One meanwhile, Karl Robinson’s men have denied nine of thirteen teams from scoring when on home soil.

In fact, The U’s have lost twice all season in front of their own supporters in England’s third tier (W8 D3 L2). The latest a morale-boosting 2-1 scoreline over Blackpool, earned at the weekend as the club returned to winning ways following a four-game barren run in the league. They will be hosting this replay on a high therefore, seeking another memorable night under the Kassam lights.


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Newcastle United Preview – Where will the goals come from?

Following the goalless draw at home to Norwich on Saturday in the Premier League, it is now back-to-back 0-0 scorelines for Newcastle United, who were also held at St James’ Park a week earlier by League One side Oxford United. The latter being in the FA Cup, a competition they were bidding to reach the fifth round in for the first time since the 2005/06 campaign. Their task has been made all the more harder as a consequence of not putting their lower league opposition to the sword first time around.

This replay is far from being a formality. Nevertheless, The Magpies retain the faith of the bookmakers who still view them as favourites to progress. That comes as no surprise, but particularly with the manager, Steve Bruce, insisting better is to come from his team ahead of this replay. He was candid about the performance on Tyneside and lamented how poor his team were that day, so the players should know in no uncertain terms that an improved showing is demanded.

Furthermore, it would appear Bruce is very keen on doing well in this competition, which is a refreshing stance from the one his predecessor would often take. Strong line-ups were named in all three encounters thus far – slightly less so at Spotland, in the 1-1 draw with Rochdale, but no chances were taken in the replay as a strong team cruised to a 4-1 victory. It helps that the team are comfortable in the Premier League, sat mid-table in 10th after a four-game unbeaten run (W1 D3).
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Betting Summary

Another strong Newcastle team is expected to line-up for this replay, but that is not going to prove a daunting prospect for this tenacious Oxford side. The U’s have already shown their capabilities when taking on the country’s best during their run in the EFL Cup earlier in the season, humbling West Ham (W4-0) and keeping Man City (L1-3) honest. However, odds of 3/4 on Home or Draw in the Double Chance market still feels too slim.

Oxford United Vs Newcastle United – Key Facts:

  • In League One, Oxford have lost one of the last eleven played at home (W7 D3 L1).
  • No clean sheet in five successive away matches for Newcastle (D3 L2), drawing their previous three away games in a row.
  • Oxford have conceded only one goal in four FA Cup matches so far, which includes the 0-0 draw earned at St James’ Park.

The first match-up proved tight and low-scoring and this second meeting could follow suit. Around 60% of Oxford’s home matches in League One this season have delivered Over 2.5 Goals, but they may keep it tight again here: nine of thirteen visiting sides failed to breach their defence. Meanwhile, Newcastle are far from prolific having netted fewer than two goals in ten of their previous twelve league and cup games.

Best Betting Odds for Oxford United Vs Newcastle United

Oxford – 13/5 Betfair
Draw – 5/2 Betfair
Newcastle – 11/10 Unibet