Punter’s Preview for Newcastle’s Upcoming EFL Cup Round of 16 Match Versus Preston

It’s been over a month since Newcastle United defeated Wolves by a 2-0 margin to advance to the League Cup’s Round of 16, but the Toon Army has had plenty going in the meantime.

The Magpies remain unbeaten in four contests (3-0-1) [W-L-D] since blanking Wolves on 20th September in the League Cup’s Third Round match. The streak covers League Championship (FLC) play and includes a 4-3 victory over Norwich City, a 1-0 clean sheet against Rotherham, and a 3-1 success versus Brentford last Saturday.

Newcastle’s progress in the FLC has propelled them to the top of the table at 9-3-1 at 28 points and an impressive +16 goal difference. Boss Rafa Benitez has his boys playing in fine form, which bodes well for Newcastle as the club prepares for its Round of 16 match against Preston North End.

The Lilywhites currently occupy 13th position in the FLC table at 5-6-2 for 17 points and a nil goal differential, but Preston did defeat Oldham 2-0 in their Second Round match, before overcoming Bournemouth 3-2 in the Third Round to secure a place in the Round of 16.

In their last five FLC games overall, the Lilywhites are unbeaten in their last five matches, compiling a 3-0-2 record capped by a 3-1 home win over Huddersfield on 19th October.

As for Newcastle’s progress through the tournament, they also prevailed on a 2-0 clean sheet in the Second Round, downing Cheltenham with ease back in late August.

Newcastle and Preston will meet at 7:45 p.m. local time at St. James Park to decide which side will reach the Round of 8, and after 34,000 members of the Toon Army descended on the stadium on 20th October, club officials expect another strong turnout in Cup play.

In fact, an announcement issued by Newcastle United recently continues the club’s popular discounted ticketing plan, so another raucous crowd of Magpies supporters should be on hand. By purchasing tickets in advance, the price will be cut to £10 for adults and £3 for concessions, before rising to the standard £20 for adults and £10 for concessions on match day.

With only a few days to go until Newcastle squares off against Preston with a potential EFL Cup run at stake, Toontastic is proud to offer a preview fit for punters of all stripes, including the most current odds, proposition wagers, and of course, a score prediction.

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Before moving on to the full time odds, the EFL Cup’s Round of 16 offers an interesting option for particularly bold bettors. With eight matches taking place over the weekend, punters can play around with any combination picks from the of the following lines:

  • Arsenal 2/7             Draw 9/2         Reading 9/1
  • Bristol City 13/10 Draw 5/2         Hull 2/1
  • Leeds 7/4             Draw 23/10     Norwich 6/4
  • Liverpool 4/6             Draw 29/10     Tottenham 19/5
  • Newcastle 4/7 Draw 29/10     Preston 5/1
  • Southampton 4/9  Draw 100/30   Sunderland 6/1
  • West Ham 3/1 Draw 14/5       Chelsea 5/6
  • Manchester Utd 6/4 Draw 23/10     Manchester City 9/5

As an example, backing the favourites from the first six matches listed (Arsenal, Bristol City, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Southampton) for just £10 in a six-team accumulator would pay back a whopping £279.

And most bet shops these days even offer cash outs to withdraw banked winnings midway through a match, special bad beat promotions that reward punters who hit on five out of six picks, and other ways to hedge risks while still enjoying the thrill of sweating a full weekend of football accumulator action.

If you’re keen to back Newcastle only, one great way to do so is with a proposition wager on the Magpies to win the EFL Cup. At 25/1 (26.00) odds against, Newcastle isn’t the favourite by any means – that would be Arsenal at 9/2 (5.50) – but we’re still a far shot better off than Preston and their 100/1 (101.00) odds against claiming the Cup.

According to the most current odds for the match, Newcastle is the favourite to earn a hard fought home victory over Preston at 4/7 (1.57).

Preston backers, meanwhile, will get 5/1 (6.00), on their money for a full time away win.

And if you’re keen on taking the draw, the odds are 29/10 (3.90) against.

The Lilywhites are fresh from a rousing 3-1 win over Huddersfield, punctuated by the return of forward Paul Gallagher, who assisted on two goals before scoring the third. Even so, that win came in the comfortable confines of Deepdale, but Preston’s last two away fixtures have produced 2-2 draws.

Newcastle has defended St. James Park admirably in their last three matches, winning all, and so the bookmaker’s lean towards the Magpies here appears to be spot on. The leading scorer over that three-match run was forward Dwight Gayle, who notched a hat trick to spark a comeback win over Norwich City – including the winner in extra time to break a 3-3 tie just moments after Yoan Gouffran headed in the equalizer. Gayle also contributed two goals in Newcastle’s most recent victory, and he appears to be in peak physical condition ahead of the Preston tilt.

The Lilywhites are tipped to provide a strong defence, befitting a fourth round match in the EFL Cup, but the Magpies will likely prove to be the superior side in a closely contested 2-1 win.

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