Newcastle v Maritimo Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions

Magpies to extend home winning streak in Europe?

Shola Ameobi  (Newcastle)

Newcastle v Maritimo Betting Preview
The Magpies have efficiently played their way to the top of Group D in the Europa League and now can seal a spot in the knockout stage with a victory over Maritimo on Thursday night. With the Portuguese side propping up the group, it shouldn’t be that difficult of a task for the Magpies. However, Newcastle took another tumble in the Premier League on the weekend and haven’t been as convincing. Still, Alan Pardew hasn’t been afraid to shuffle his pack for European duty, and based on what they have produced so far, should get the job done here

Newcastle v Maritimo Betting Odds at online bookmaker SkyBet
Newcastle 2/5, Draw 10/3, Maritimo 8/1

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This is a job which should get done by the English Premier League side without too much fuss or bother. The two sides did play out a 0-0 draw in Portugal on Match Day One, but Alan Pardew did send out almost a second string to go and contest that. It has been a philosophy which has paid off for him as the Magpies have gone unbeaten through their first two matches. They have already won their two previous home games in the Group so far, beating Bordeaux 3-0 and then Club Bruges 1-0. A win on Thursday night would guarantee Newcastle a place in the round of 32, while their opponents have to win just to keep their qualification hopes alive. Newcastle have conceded just two goals so far in the group and both of those game in their last match against Club Bruges in Belgium which played out to a 2-2 draw.

It has just been efficient and pragmatic progress from the Magpies. Just getting the job done. Newcastle are unbeaten in six European games this season, with three home wins under their belt (including qualification) in which they haven’t conceded a goal. They have also won their last eight European matches at home, going unbeaten in the last ten. In the UEFA Cup/Europa League, Newcastle are actually unbeaten in 24 home games so they have heavy stats behind them on this one. Their only previous home encounter against a Portuguese side saw Newcastle win 1-0 against Sporting Clube de Portugal back in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup quarter finals.

Not only have Maritimo failed to pick up a win in the group so far, they have only managed one goal for their efforts. That was at home against Bordeaux in a 1-1 draw, one of only two point so far. So they haven’t scored on the road yet but it is not as if they have been overwhelmed by anyone really, because they have only conceded an average of a goal per game. They just haven’t been able to manage much going forward. They have visited England twice before, losing on both occasions. Both times it was to face Leeds United. No points on the road, no goals, the English side should take this. Newcastle to win by a 1 Goal Margin for 5/2 at onlinebookamker SkyBet looks about right.

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