Football tips: Our 19/1 Tranmere v Newcastle Bet Builder for the Carabao Cup clash

Our footie tipster Shane O'Brien is expecting Newcastle to dominate.

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Newcastle -2
Chris Wood to Score Anytime
Both Teams to Score? No
Over 10.5 Corners

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Wednesday 7:45pm: Tranmere v Newcastle
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Newcastle -2

Newcastle have made a promising start to the season in their first full campaign under Eddie Howe. They have taken five points from their opening three games, impressing in their most recent outing against Manchester City on Sunday, and look like possible contenders for the top six at this early stage of the season.

Tranmere, on the other hand, have not enjoyed a good start to their League Two campaign, losing three of their opening five games to leave them 17th in the table.

They reached the second round of the League Cup by beating League One side Accrington Stanley on penalties but may find Newcastle too much of a step up in class. The Toon still have a lot of room for improvement and with new faces set to arrive before the transfer window shuts, they may even have their eyes on a cup run.

They should have little trouble progressing past Tranmere on Wednesday night.

Chris Wood to Score Anytime

Chris Wood has yet to start for Newcastle this season, with Eddie Howe favouring the more mobile front three of Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron.

It very much feels as though the signing of Wood in January was about providing cover for the second half of last season and ensuring that one of Newcastle’s relegation rivals were deprived of one of their key players.

Given Wilson’s injury record, however, he is likely to receive opportunities throughout the season and he is also likely to feature from the start on Wednesday night.

This is the kind of game that suits Wood, and he will be hoping to notch his first goal of the season and his first goal since early April.

Both Teams to Score? No

Newcastle did not cover themselves in glory with their defensive display against Manchester City on Sunday, with all three of City’s goals coming via slack defending.

They deserve some leeway, however, since City’s attack is arguably the most potent in world football and it is hugely unlikely that they will come against the same kind of movement and quality when they travel to Tranmere on Wednesday night.

Newcastle had kept two clean sheets prior to the City game and looked incredibly solid in their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season. They looked less watertight in their goalless draw at Brighton but found Nick Pope to be in resolute form in goal.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see them record a third clean sheet in four games on Wednesday.

Over 10.5 Corners

Newcastle have won 19 corners in their opening three games of the Premier League season at a rate of just over six per game. It is fair to assume that they will considerably better that average against League Two opposition on Wednesday.

Howe’s side are likely to dominate both possession and territory, like they did against Forest on the opening day.

They won 11 corners in that particular game and could easily match that figure at Tranmere. They have also conceded 13 corners in their first three games at an average of just over four per game.

Tranmere are unlikely to reach such lofty heights, but they should win one or two in front of their own fans.

Tranmere v Newcastle betting tips:

Newcastle -2
Chris Wood to Score Anytime
Both Teams to Score? No
Over 10.5 Corners

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