Seagulls to clip the Magpies wings?
It's the time of year again when shocks are aplenty and manager Gus Poyet will be hoping that his Brighton (7/4) side can cause another at the expense of Newcastle United (7/5) on Saturday lunchtime in the FA Cup.
The Uruguayan describes the FA Cup as the "greatest" in the world and will be looking to plunge The Magpies deeper into the mire after a their dismal Christmas run.
Brighton are not on the best run of form themselves and with just 4 home wins in the Amex this season will hardly strike fear in Newcastle, but Alan Pardew's men will need to be a lot more confident at the back if they are to justify the 7/5 offered. Brighton have won just once in the Championship since November, a 3-0 victory against a relegation threatened Ipswich Town side, shipping 10 goals in the process.
Craig mackail-Smith will as usual be Brighton's main goal threat and we have him at (6/1 to score the first/last goal and 7/4 to score at anytime). The former Peterborough man has been in good touch this season with over 1 goal in 2 games ratio, scoring 11 goals in his 21 appearances so far and will be looking to further enhance his profile with the January transfer window open. Will Buckley has scored 5 goals this term from midfield and have helped Brighton into a very respectable 9th in the Championship. Ashley Barnes (7/1 first/last, 2/1 anytime) is the clubs next highest scorer with 4 goals. Lopez has scored 2 in the last 3 and we have the penalty specialist at (12/1 first/last, 5/1 anytime).
Newcastle's inability to hold on to a lead this season is by now well documented and this may be the way to go here. For Brighton to come from behind and win we will give you (9/1). To come from behind to draw we offer (15/2). Or to do either, to come from behind to win or draw Brighton are 9/2. On the back of that over 2.5 goals in the match (90 mins + added time) looks a good bet and we offer (5/6).
The Magpies go into this devoid of Demba Ba and this should dampen their goal threat somewhat. The big Senegal striker is on the verge of joining Chelsea in a £7m deal so they will be relying on the services of Papiss Cisse even more. He has scored 6 goals in 22 appearances this term and everyone connected with the club will be hoping that he can rediscover the sort of form that he showed last season following his move from SC Freiburg. On target in their last match against Everton, we have him at (6/1 first/last, 7/4 anytime). Sholi Amiobi is another one that will be wanting to up his scoring ratio. 3 goals in 8 games is not the worst and we offer (13/2 first/last, 15/8 anytime).
Clean sheets have been hard to come by this season. Newcastle have kept just 3 clean sheets this season but none of them achieved whilst on the road. This is reflected in the (12/5) offered for Newcastle to keep a clean sheet or alternatively to win to nil at (10/3).
As usual William Hill will be offering a full range of markets including enhanced wincasts. Back a player to score at anytime during the match in a wincast, and if his team goes on to win, you win. Our enhanced offers in this one are Craig Mackail-Smith to score and Brighton to win enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1 and Pappis Cisse to score and Newcastle to win, also enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1.
Craig Mackail-Smith to score and Brighton to win enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1
Pappis Cisse to score and Newcastle to win, also enhanced from 3/1 to 5/1
Worth a Punt
Over 4.5 goals @ 5/1
Double result: Newcastle/Brighton @ 28/1