Newcastle United Betting
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Following European success, several talented entertainers thrilled the Newcastle crowd. In particular, striker Malcolm Macdonald (“Supermac”) was one of United’s most popular figures. An impressive goalscorer, he led Newcastle to Wembley twice, in 1974 and 1976, against Liverpool in the FA Cup and Manchester City in the League Cup. However, they were beaten on both occasions. By the 1980s, United were languishing in the Second Division. Manager Arthur Cox steered United back to the First Division with ex-England captain Kevin Keegan the focus of the team, having joined the club in 1982. Newcastle remained in the top-flight until the team was relegated once more in 1989.
In 1992, Keegan returned to replace Osvaldo Ardiles as manager. He led Newcastle to Division Two survival, by beating Portsmouth and Leicester in their last two games. 1992-93 saw a dramatic upturn in fortunes. Newcastle won eleven league games, two short of the League record of 13 consecutive wins. Newcastle gained promotion to the Premier League. Under Keegan, Newcastle continued to succeed, with a third-place finish in the 1993-94 season, their first back in the top-flight. In 1995-96, Newcastle were, at one stage, 12 points ahead of nearest pursuers Manchester United, but eventually succumbed. The 1996-97 season saw Newcastle once again finish in second. After short, unsuccessful spells as manager from Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson was appointed. In 2001-02, Newcastle finished 4th, qualifying for the Champions League. Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce subsequently had unsuccessful spells managing the Magpies. Kevin Keegan, a popular choice with the fans, returned as Newcastle manager in January 2008.
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Newcastle has won the League title on four occasions. However, the latest of these was in 1927. The Magpies have performed creditably in the Premier League, finishing runners-up in 1995-96 and 1996-97, along with a fourth place in 2001-02. Sadly the Newcastle side are a shadow of their former selves. The fact that the layers have Newcastle odds for winning the Premiership ten times the Newcastle betting odds for relegation should speak for itself. For even the most die hard fan, any bet on Newcastle is ridden with danger.
While Newcastle performs creditably at St. James’ Park, their underachievement can, at least partially, be explained by their inability to score away from home. Punters wishing to bet on Newcastle should be aware of this, as short Newcastle odds are worth taking on in games away from St. James’.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Newcastle has been successful 6 times in the FA Cup. However, their latest win was in 1955 and hence irrelevant to current betting on Newcastle. Newcastle betting odds generally have them at about 10th best in the FA Cup market. However, they make little appeal at any price.
Newcastle’s most recent Premiership finishes of 12th, 13th, 7th, 14th do not inspire any form of confidence for European qualification in the foreseeable future. Without wholesale changes in personnel, punters wishing to bet on Newcastle in Europe may have a long wait.
UEFA Champions League
Newcastle qualified directly for the group stages of the 1997-98 and 1998-09 competitions, while they also reached the group stages in the 2002-03 season, having beaten Zeljeznicar 4-0 on aggregate in a two-legged qualifying tie. Subsequent form indicates that Newcastle odds on a repeat performance would currently be fairly generous.
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Newcastle was successful in 2006, going on to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
Fairs Cup (predecessor of UEFA Cup)
Newcastle was successful in 1969, beating Ujpest FC 6-2 on aggregate.