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Newcastle chief’s last stand heads 5 things we can’t wait to see

| 19.09.2014

After flagging up winning 2/7, 2/1, 10/1 and 29/10 bets as wager-worthy last weekend, as well as advising against a couple of losing 4/1 and 7/1 punts, this column is under a modicum of pressure to perform on Premier League Gameweek Five.

Well, we’ve had a look and come up with some of the most intriguing shouts from the stories making the headlines. Here are the five things we can’t wait to see this weekend.

Pardew out?

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is now 1/2 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, although a shrewder short-term angle may be backing Hull to win on their St James’ Park travels at 13/5.

Even a well-liked managed would struggle to survive after banking two points from their first five fixtures, and the south Londoner has never been less popular on Tyneside, The ‘Sack Race’ looks his for the taking.

Spurs newbies set for first Premier League starts

Both centre-half Federico Fazio and midfield anchor Benjamin Stambouli were in from the off when Mauricio Pochettino’s side drew 0-0 away to Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League.

Considering Spurs shipped five goals over their last two Premier League fixtures, sticking with the pair seems a sensible strategy at home to relatively risk-free West Brom, who have failed to notch in the Premier League since the opening day.

You can have an industry-best 8/5 on the hosts winning to nil.

The battle of the likable outsiders

A Swansea outfit led by managerial rookie Garry Monk host a Southampton side who were expected to drop like a stone after former coach Pochettino’s departure over the summer, along with five first teamers. They’re third and fourth respectively after four games.

In ten all-competition fixtures between them this term, the pair have bagged 19 goals (Swans 9-10 Saints). A score draw, at 10/3, looks the pick of the bets.

Aston Villa going on and on

We toyed with the idea of a 10/1 Aston Villa win at Anfield in this column last weekend, without holding too much hope that it would come up.

It did, and now Arsenal travel to the Midlands off the back of a 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund, which was the fifth match the Gunners have failed to win in their last six fixtures all told.

Unbeaten, second-placed Villa are 7/2 to triumph in the Premier League for the third week in a row, and 10/11 in the double-chance market (win or draw) is particularly strongly advised.

What new-look Man Utd are really made of

The consensus view is that QPR accepted defeat, which came somewhat decisively by a 4-0 scoreline, en route to Old Trafford last week.

This was backed up by BBC text commentary’s post stating that Harry Redknapp’s side looked much better when Armand Traore – the full-back who was told he could leave for Crystal Palace if he wanted over the summer – came off the bench.

Leicester away will be a tougher proposition for Louis van Gaal’s side, as the Foxes have lost just once (at Chelsea) in the Premier League since promotion.

However, the Red Devils’ Angel Di Maria-inspired display against the not-so-Super Hoops should not go unheeded. Back them to clear a one-goal handicap at 8/5.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune