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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Newcastle United back in Premier League for 2010/11 - at 8/1 for top half finish

Newcastle are rated as 8/1 by UK bookmaker BetFred for a top-10 finish in the Premier League next season after securing a return to the top flight.

The Magpies clinched promotion on Monday when promotion rivals Nottingham Forest failed to beat Cardiff.

Now the bookies are pricing up Newcastle's 2010/11 performance and although they are fancied to stay up, Betfred feel a top-half finish is unlikely, making that outcome an 8/1 shot.

Betfred spokesman Mark Pearson said: "A lot depends on how much Newcastle spend in the summer but we believe they have the experience to stay up. We expect a season of consolidation, that's why a top-10 finish is 8/1."

Betfred also offer 5/4 that Newcastle finish above local rivals Sunderland, while they make Chris Hughton's side 9/2 to go straight back down to the Championship.

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