Championship league leaders Newcastle United take on Bristol City at St. James’ Park as they are fighting to keep Brighton behind. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will not be able to call on top scorer Dwight Gayle who is out injured but have good replacements in Alexandar Mitrovic, who is likely to get the nod ahead of Ayoze Perez.
Newcastle have four wins and a draw in their last five league games at home and should be the clear favorites here.
Bristol City were dealt a major blow this week when top scorer Tammy Abraham returned to parent club Chelsea after picking up a thigh injury. Abraham have scored 18 goals in 31 appearances for The Robins this season and will no doubt be sorely missed. Matty Taylor and Milan Djuric are likely to continue up front, despite leaving the pitch goalless in Wednesday’s defeat to Fulham.
The visitors have only picked up two points from their last 11 league games on the road and are likely to struggle today.
Date & Time: 25 February 2017 – 16.00 CET
Competition: Championship (England)
Match: Newcastle – Bristol City
Pick: Newcastle AH -1
Highest Odds: 1.90 @ bet365
Stake: 20 EUR
Result: 2-2, bet lost.