Fulham v Newcastle United tips – Magpies can open with a victory

Magpies can open with a victory

File photo dated 20-03-2016 of Rafael Benitez, who Newcastle United have confirmed will remain as manager after signing a new three-year contract.

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Betting Tip: Newcastle @ 21/20 with williamhill

Rafael Benitez had an option to leave St James’ Park at the end of last season, although the Spaniard has instead decided to rebuild the Newcastle United squad and aim to get back into the Premier League.

Benitez has signed Dwight Gayle, Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark among others, with this high-calibre manager hoping his wealth of experience from managing Valencia, Liverpool and Real Madrid can aid the cause.

It is perfectly possible that the Magpies will win the Championship at a canter and Friday’s opener at Fulham looks an attractive fixture, with the Cottagers having just lost star striker Ross McCormack.

McCormack’s goals kept the wolf from the door last season although the Scot’s departure means that Slavisa Jokanovic will have to recruit a new striker, with Sone Aluko hoping to catch fire in west London.

However, Newcastle are bristling with quality players and that includes £12 million signing Matt Ritchie, while centre-half Grant Hanley arrives from Blackburn and could forge a strong central defensive partnership with Clark.

We might look back at these prices and realise that Newcastle’s odds were buying money, with this Premier League team in the making set to open with a facile win.

Betting Tip: Newcastle @ 21/20 with williamhill

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