Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, August 25, 2019


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Punter's Pick

Spurs rightfully start the game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. Instead backing over 9 corners with Bet365 seems like good value at 8/13 as Spurs’ first two games have produced 14 and 15 corners respectively. With their attacking prowess and pace on the wings coupled with the fact that most of the game is likely to be played in the Newcastle half, there is a real likelihood the corner count will tot up to well over 9 corners.

Tottenham welcome Newcastle United to North London with the two teams having contrasting starts to their seasons. Spurs have started well and look like they will again challenge for the top four spots and potentially the league, with Newcastle losing both opening games and already hovering in the relegation zone. Can the Magpie’s change their fortunes on Sunday?

Tottenham come into this game having secured four points out of a possible six in their opening two games. They were fortunate to beat a resolute Villa side on the opening day having been behind for the vast majority of the game. A late double from Harry Kane secured the points and after a battling performance against champions City, they were again fortunate that VAR had ruled a handball in their favour in the dying seconds of the game. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for an improved performance from his team as they have seemed somewhat lethargic in the first two games despite getting the points, but now face a Newcastle side that is sure to be stubborn and this will require some industry and creativity, which they have lacked in the first two games.

Newcastle on the other hand have had a poor start to the season losing both games against Arsenal and Norwich. Fans were already upset at the departure of Rafa Benitez and these results will have done little to endear them to Steve Bruce and the club’s hierarchy. The team can look to turn that around by breaking their points duck on Sunday and more attacking intent will be required as the forwards have been starved of service in the opening games. Jonjo Shelvey will be crucial to the team’s success as he is one player who can create and drive the team from midfield and get support up to the likes of Almiron and Joelinton who are both struggling despite big money moves.

In team news, Tottenham will be boosted by the return to action of Son Heung-min after he served out his red card suspension. He may go straight back into the starting lineup but Lucas Moura will also be pushing for a starting berth after his immediate impact with a goal against City as a sub. Juan Foyth remains out with an ankle injury as do Dele Alli and summer signing Ryan Sessegnon.

Newcastle have given the all-clear to striker Joelinton who picked up a knock in the defeat to Norwich but further assessments have concluded that he is fit to play. Fellow newcomer Allan Saint-Maximin is also a doubt and will be assessed closer to kick-off to determine his fitness. Both Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin remain out for the Magpies as they seek their first points of the season.

In recent meetings Tottenham have been the superior team having won their last four games on the bounce. Last season the encounters were tight affairs as Spurs needed an 83rd minute winner from Son Heung-min to secure the points and won 2-1 at St James’ Park after an incredible opening period saw Vertonghen score, Joselu equalise and Dele Alli nab the winning goal, all within the first 18 minutes.

Punter's Pick

Spurs rightfully start the game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. Instead backing over 9 corners with Bet365 seems like good value at 8/13 as Spurs’ first two games have produced 14 and 15 corners respectively. With their attacking prowess and pace on the wings coupled with the fact that most of the game is likely to be played in the Newcastle half, there is a real likelihood the corner count will tot up to well over 9 corners.

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