Newcastle United have been the surprise package of the Premier League so far, although it will be interesting to see where the Magpies are placed after another ten games, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea on the horizon.
Right now, Alan Pardew’s team proudly sit third in the top flight after a bright start which has seen them win six matches and draw four games, with the latest victory being a 3-1 triumph at Stoke on Monday. There was nothing fluky about the visitors going one better than United and Chelsea by winning at the Britannia Stadium.
Naturally, Newcastle are favourites to beat Everton on Saturday lunchtime, although Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) are prepared to offer 5/4 about the north-east side continuing their excellent run, something which would give them an impressive total of 25 points from 11 games.
United haven’t scored a hatful of goals (15) although their defence has been particularly stout, with Tim Krul having a great season in goal behind Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini. You can get odds of 11/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) that Newcastle win to nil in this game.
Everton are 16th in the Premier League after a typically slow start, although there is little to suggest that they will this time improve form-wise and work their way towards seventh or eighth place.
David Moyes has spent no money on new players and last weekend’s home defeat to Manchester United leaves the Toffees just four points above the drop zone, although the Merseyside team have collected wins at Fulham and Blackburn this term.
Will they be the unlikely side that end Newcastle’s unbeaten run? Bet365 go 12/5 about the visitors claiming a maximum haul and Louis Saha can be backed at 7/1 to open the scoring against one of his former clubs.
The talk of the Toon is Demba Ba after that hat-trick against Stoke and he can be backed at 11/2 to score the first goal of this game, with Paddy Power offering cashback if the striker scores the last goal of the match.