The Ukraine side will be slight favourite for the game, seeing as they managed to hold Toon in the first leg, although they failed to get an away goal.
Best match odds:
Metalist – 10/11 Stan James
Draw – 13/5 Bet365
Newcastle – 10/3 Blue Square
Metalist have only lost one of their last nine European home games winning their last three in a row. Metalist have won nine of their last 10 home games (1L), though they haven’t played a competitive home game since November 26 due to the winter break in Ukraine. Newcastle are winless in four European away games, drawing two and losing two.
Newcastle will have to take advantage of the Ukraine Winter break, if they are to overcome their winless streak away. Derek McGovern, tipster for the Daily Mirror did say that Toon would concentrate on winning at home and getting draws away in the group stage. At this point, they will need at least a draw to force added on time.
Under three goals looks a decent bet as the role will be reversed from the first leg. We were looking for 4/5 for fewer than three goals, and the magic sign as well as Bet Victor are the only firms quoting this price.
Under 2.5 goals – 4/5 Ladbrokes
Cisse to score first – 13/2 with Bet365
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