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Rupert Wyman 10th Dec 2010 - 9:56

Pardew to Kop a first-game beating

Newcastle United v Liverpool betting preview

It's been a bad week for Newcastle United fans after some strange decisions at Boardroom level and I expect it to get worse when Liverpool visit St James Park this Saturday.

Chris Hughton, who had led them to promotion and a respectable 12th place in the table was controversially sacked and replaced by Alan Pardew much to the disgust of the Newcastle fans and many neutrals.

Pardew, sacked by Southampton earlier this year, has been given a five-year contract by owner Mike Ashley but the decision has little support. A poll in the local paper showed that only 14 fans out of 1,000 questioned were happy with the appointment.

While the new boss will be looking to win over the fans by gaining victory in his first match in charge I think it will be the Scousers who will be celebrating to heap more misery on the long-suffering Toon Army and make Pardew's 14 backers question their judgement. It's 11/10 for a Liverpool win, 5/2 Newcastle and 9/4 for a draw.

William Hill don't expect the new boss to bring success to St James Park, he's 9/2 to win a major trophy during his time with the club. Changing managers mid-season is rarely a recipe for success and I would be interested by the 7/2 that Newcastle are relegated this seasion. It's 28/1 for them to finish bottom.

Despite his unpopularity we expect him to survive the storm, he's 33/1 to be the next manager to leave his post. It's 8/1 that Managing Director Derek Llambias and Alan Pardew to no longer be at Newcastle in 1 years time (9 December 2011).

Newcastle fans had previously nicknamed the club's owners as 'The Cockney Mafia' and the appointment of Wimbledon-born Pardew will do little to dismiss that tag. Pardew is 11/2 to bolster the mafia by bringing in a West Ham player during the January transfer window.

Pardew is likely to struggle to win over the dressing room in his early days in the job. Many players have already expressed their dismay at the sacking of Hughton and his appointment with have done little to appease that feeling.

Sol Campbell called the dismissal of Hughton "a joke".  He is 33/1 to put that behind him in this fixure by opening the scoring. Andy Carroll, their current top scorer, is 11/2.

For the visitors, Fernando Torres will be boosted by the birth of his new baby boy, Leo.  If you fancy him to get a couple of goals in this one you can take advantage of our match winner offer,  Torres to score two or more at odds of 5/1.

Liverpool, who themselves had their fair share of controversy earlier in the season,  will be looking to take advantage of the unrest on Tyneside and I expect them to win well. Their form recently has been much improved, most recently a 3-0 demolition of Aston Villa. I expect a similar score in their favour this time around, you can get 18/1 on the Reds to win 3-0 again.

Liverpool to win by two or more goals on the handicap market at 11/4 would be my main selection for this one along with Liverpool to be winning at half-time and full-time.  I expect goals so over 3.5 at 12/5 is also worth a punt.

The game kicks off at 17:30 on Saturday and is live on ESPN. Bet in-play from kick off.

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