Newcastle United take on Brentford in the Premier League in Saturday’s evening kick-off live on Sky Sports. On paper it looks to be the most interesting televised fixture of the weekend, with the hosts having a slow start to the season while the Bees remain unbeaten. We have picked out some interesting markets from this contest, which we feel could offer great value for punters.
Midfielder Joe Willock remains as the major long-term absentee for Newcastle United. There will be nerves in the build-up to the match on Saturday surrounding Sandro Tonali, after the Italian was ruled out of his side’s win over Ukraine in midweek through injury.
Brentford are set to be without Josh Dasilva and Shandon Baptiste for the trip to the north east, while it is hoped Mikkel Damsgaard will be back in contention for the match day squad.
Double chance (Draw or Brentford) at 7/5
Newcastle haven’t quite had the start to the season that they would’ve hoped for after their incredible 2022-23 campaign. The Magpies started off with a resounding 5-1 victory over Aston Villa but have since lost three games on the spin.
This frustrating run could yet continue against Brentford this weekend, who are still unbeaten this term. Thomas Frank’s side, like Newcastle, have won just once so far, but they have drawn their other three matches.
For the past two years, the Bees have been in a thorn in the side for most sides in the division with their aggressive style off the ball and quick transitions in possession.
Attackers Yoane Wissa and Bryan Mbeumo have started the season strongly with two and four goals respectively. And given that Newcastle have conceded seven goals already this term, the duo will look to cause the back line some more headaches this weekend.
Newcastle will likely feel as though the international break came at the right time but given the way that Brentford play, the visitors will likely be able to come and add to their points tally on Tyneside.
Bryan Mbeumo to score anytime at 13/5
As things stand in the Premier League, only Erling Haaland (six) has scored more goals than Mbeumo. The Cameroon attacker has really stepped up in the absence of Ivan Toney and has been doing his part in dealing with the goalscoring burden.
Four goals so far is an excellent way to begin the campaign and he will be hungry for more in the coming weeks. While Toney remains out of action, Mbeumo is Frank’s biggest attacking threat and he is thriving off it.
The goal he scored against Bournemouth last time out, with the exquisite touch, turn and finish, was truly spectacular. Unquestionably one of the best goals we’ll see all season.
He is a player full of confidence right now and it doesn’t like his bubble is going to burst for a while. Not only is he Brentford’s current leading man, he is also their penalty taker, having scored two from the spot already this year.
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