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

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Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Premier League: Sat, 02/02  Stadium: Wembley Stadium

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Under 2.5 goals is currently Evens with Bet365, and without the firepower of Harry Kane and Delli Alli Newcastle will fancy not get blown away. Fernando Llorente is doing a decent job of replacing Kane and is 12/5 with Bet365 to be the first goalscorer, while if you fancy Newcastle taking a shock lead the same firm has Salamon Rondon at 9/2 to net first.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

The Premier League weekend kicks off with a clash of two rejuvenated sides at Wembley, as Tottenham Hotspur take on Newcastle United in a lunchtime kickoff.

 

Midweek games revive fortunes of both clubs

Following a miserable FA Cup weekend for both clubs (in Tottenham’s case a miserable few days after their Carabao Cup exit), both teams got themselves back on track with midweek wins. In the case of Newcastle, they turned around going 1-0 down against champions Manchester City into a scarcely believable 2-1 win in front of a raucous crowd at St James’ Park. The landmark victory also helped them achieve rare back to back league wins, something almost unthinkable as they went behind after just 25 seconds.

 

Tottenham also got themselves back on track with a come from behind win, regrouping after trailing London rivals Watford 1-0 at half time to strike twice late on and win 2-1. That success combined with Manchester City’s defeat and Liverpool’s draw with Leicester City helped close the gap on the top two, giving Tottenham a slight glimmer of hope in the title race and muscling in on the top two. The win came after exiting both cup competitions, with slightly baffling comments coming out from within the club and manager Mauricio Pochettino that cup competitions were not a priority.

 

Uneventful transfer deadline day for Tottenham, Newcastle enter the market

As expected, the January transfer window has come and gone for Tottenham without any new acquisitions, something which will surely disappoint fans. Moussa Dembele has in fact departed, placing even more responsibility on young Harry Winks’ shoulders as his short and long term replacement. With Harry Kane and Delli Alli both expected to be out until March, time will tell if their strategy was the right move with a crack at the league title and the Champions League still in their sights.

 

Newcastle fans finally got a marquee signing of sorts as they broke their fourteen year old transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron for £20m. The attacking Paraguay midfielder joins from MLS side Atlanta United, and should add some attacking thrust and verve to a side that is usually short of goals and attacking intent. Defender Antonio Barreca has also signed on loan from AS Monaco until the end of the season. The pacy left-back will add some competition for places and should provide useful backup as Newcastle continue their quest to stay up.



Recent record favours the Lilywhites

Tottenham have had the better of Newcastle in recent meetings, winning the last three league meetings between the sides, including a 2-1 win on Tyneside earlier this season. They will be wary of the occasional collapses they have had against the Toon Army, including a 5-1 league defeat (2016), and the fact that Newcastle are coming into this match high on confidence after tactically outmanoeuvring the defending champions City.

 

Tottenham to just edge it?

Normally this would be an easy three points on paper for Spurs, given the gulf in class and quality between the two teams. However the home team do have the habit of dropping points at inopportune moments, as illustrated by the 3-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers a few weeks ago. They have also had one less day to recover than their opponents, which could become a factor given their current thin resources and amount of football they have played in recent weeks. For their part, Newcastle are likely to employ the exact same tactics as they did against City – sitting deep and looking to make something happen on the break or from a set piece. A point would suit them much more than the hosts, and they will not be coming to Wembley to make it an open, expansive game.

Under 2.5 goals is currently Evens with Bet365, and without the firepower of Harry Kane and Delli Alli Newcastle will fancy not get blown away. Fernando Llorente is doing a decent job of replacing Kane and is 12/5 with Bet365 to be the first goalscorer, while if you fancy Newcastle taking a shock lead the same firm has Salamon Rondon at 9/2 to net first.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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