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Newcastle Can Give Their Survival Hopes A Boost With Victory Over QPR

Friday 10th May 2013
The penultimate weekend of the Premier League season is upon us and there are a number of important clashes as teams jockey for final positions in the league table with European places still up for grabs as well as the battle to avoid relegation.

This week we are backing Liverpool to come away from struggling Fulham with all three points, Newcastle to pile more misery on already relegated QPR, while we think the crunch clash at the Stadium of Light between Sunderland and Southampton will end in a draw. If all three selections are successful, a £10 treble will return £162.40 with Bet Victor.

QPR v Newcastle United - away win

QPR simply cannot wait for the season to end following a dismal run which has seen them fail to pick up a single win in seven matches, which ultimately resulted in relegation to the Championship. Five of those games have ended in defeat and their team of misfits are unlikely to put up much of a fight against a Newcastle side that are in desperate need of three valuable points.

The Magpies themselves have also endured a poor run (just one win in eight), which has dragged them into a relegation dog fight. Wigan's mid-week defeat to Swansea has given them some respite but they are still in need of a win which would significantly boost their chances of survival.

The history books tell us that Newcastle haven't lost to QPR in the previous seven meetings between the clubs, with their last defeat coming way back in 1995. They are definitely worth a punt at 5/4 to come away from Loftus Road with the win and move six points away from the dreaded drop zone in the table.

Fulham v Liverpool - away win

Fulham have been on their holidays for a while now but lacklustre performances have landed them in trouble and they must rapidly regain their focus as they are not yet mathematically safe from relegation.

The Cottagers form is woeful, having suffered four defeats on the spin and they have only recorded one point from their last six games. Three of those defeats have come at Craven Cottage and there is no doubt that they are there for the taking.

Liverpool still have a faint chance of finishing above fierce local rivals Everton. Brendon Rodgers' men have only lost one of their last 10 matches and will be keen to continue that good run of form going and record a victory in their final away match of the season.

Sunderland v Southampton - draw

This crunch clash would have been simply huge if relegation rivals Wigan had beaten Swansea on Tuesday. However, fortunately for both clubs, the Latics lost a five goal thriller to leave them three points off Sunderland and four adrift of Saints.

Sunday's match is still of huge importance, with just a point and a place separating Saints (14th) from the Black Cats (15th). A win for the visitors will ensure that they will be playing top-flight football next season, while the hosts can effectively preserve their Premier League status also with a vital victory.

Due to the circumstances, a cagey encounter is likely to be on the cards, making a draw a tempting bet at 23/10. Neither side is in good form, with Sunderland's resurgence under Paolo Di Canio coming to a humiliating halt after a 6-1 thrashing at Aston Villa, followed by a draw at home to Stoke. Similarly, the Saints have been off colour, with Mauricio Pochettino's men without a win in four games and they head into the game on the back of two defeats and without a goal in three games.
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 


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