Newcastle v Tottenham Betting Tips-13th August 2017
The last time that Tottenham visited St James’ Park they were on the end of a humiliating 5-1 drubbing.
That result came after Spurs blew their chance of winning the Premier League title but also when Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship had already been confirmed.
They play each other again at St James’ Park on Sunday as Newcastle make their return to the top flight and Spurs look to start another assault on the title.
Top Betting Tips
Tottenham fans have had plenty to be happy about in recent seasons but they must be a little concerned with the club’s lack of activity in the transfer window this summer.
While most of the other clubs who are expected to challenge for the title have been spending huge amounts on recruitments, Spurs are yet to sign a single player.
Mauricio Pochettino, who is thought to have a good working relationship with the Spurs’ board, has even spoken to the press about the need for Spurs to sign players if they are to remain competitive at the top of the table.
That doesn’t provide the team with an overly positive mentality going into the new season.
Contrast that with Newcastle who became used to winning in the Championship last season under their very popular manager, Rafa Benitez.
The Toon Army have signed five players and while that doesn’t make them as talented a group as Spurs, it should help them be competitive on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham are rightly the bookies’ favourites but in front of a packed St James’ Park, Newcastle have enough about them to avoid defeat so a bet on the Newcastle/draw double chance looks well priced at 13/10 with Bet365.
If Newcastle are to remain in the Premier League this season, they’ll have to tighten up at the back compared to their last campaign in the top flight.
Benitez will make a difference in that regard but Newcastle’s forwards will have to work hard to make up for the goals let in at the back.
With such quality in attacking positions, Spurs should be able to break the Newcastle resistance on Sunday so a bet on both teams to score should pay off at 4/5 with Betfred.
Of all those attacking options, none are quite as potent as Harry Kane. The England striker is gunning for the golden boot again this season and should get off the mark against Newcastle at evens with Betfair.
The excitement levels at St James’ Park will go through the roof should Newcastle grab an early lead and you can be sure that’s exactly what they will be targeting. A bet on the home side scoring in the first half could, therefore, pay dividends at 13/8 with Betway.
Tottenham had great success employing a three-man defence for much of last season but injury problems mean that Pochettino may have to revert to a 4-4-1-1 formation with Dele Alli playing just off of Harry Kane up front.
That may hurt Spurs’ attempts to attack Newcastle via the wings and the home side will, in turn, look to maximise any space they get in wide positions.
Benitez is likely to play a very similar formation to that employed by Spurs. There is still time for a player to force their way into the starting XI but anything other than a flat back four would be a surprise.
The main concern the Newcastle defence will have is coping with the movement of Alli, Kane and Christian Eriksen while the pace of the returning Moussa Sissoko could be a factor.
- It’s two wins apiece from the last four meetings between these two sides
- While Spurs finished second in the Premier League last season, Newcastle won the Championship
- Tottenham won 12 of their last 13 Premier League matches
- Each of Spurs’ last three league games saw a minimum of three goals scored
Newcastle – Elliot; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu; Perez, Mitrovic
Tottenham – Lloris; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies; Winks, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli; Kane