Sunday 25 August: 4.30pm KO
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Four points from two games is a good return for Tottenham. They will be confident of earning another three points as they entertain Newcastle United. It looks like being another long and hard season for them after losing both of their first couple of matches.
Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season but were never looking like title challengers. They did reach the Champions League final but a poor end to the season nearly saw them miss out on a top four finish. They are 4/9 (1.44) at Bet365 to finish in the Champions League places this season.
North London has been full of surprises this summer. Arsenal spent a lot of money and Tottenham actually bought some players for a change. Tottenham spent over £100m and they made some clever signings. Not just good players but young ones too. Tanguy Ndomble and Giovani Lo Celso are 22 and 23 respectively, while Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke (loaned back to Leeds) are both very talented teenagers. Those signings indicate a healthy future for Spurs.
Their season didnt quite get off to the expected start when they went 1-0 down at home to Aston Villa. They were still trailing with quarter of an hour to go but an equalizer from Ndomble and two from Harry Kane gave them a 3-1 win. Kane is 9/4 (3.25) at Betfred to score the first goal in this match.
Next up was a trip to Manchester City, where Tottenham lost twice last season. Another defeat looked likely as they trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but still came away with a point. That’s a good return and at least Manchester City away is off the fixture list.
Only West Ham have beaten Tottenham at their new stadium. The return of Son will be a boost for Spurs and they will be expecting a second home win of the season. It’s 2/7 (1.28) on Spurs winning this match if your wager is placed at Betway.
Newcastle United fans find themselves in familiar territory after two games of the season. They have no points, no desire to have Steve Bruce as their manager and no chance of seeing Mike Ashley sell the club anytime soon. William Hill have odds of 1/1 (2.0) on Newcastle being relegated this season.
United lost Rafael Benitez during the summer. Many Newcastle fans wondered how he put up with the situation at the club for so long. In came Steve Bruce as boss and you could almost hear the apathy among the fans. They did at least make a big signing during the summer. Joelinton arrived from Hoffenheim for £39.6m but like last season’s expensive signing Miguel Almiron, he has yet to score for a league goal. There are odds of 5/1 (6.0) at 888sport on Joelinton scoring against Tottenham.
United’s season to date has seen them lose 1-0 at home to Arsenal and 3-1 away at Norwich City. The pressure will grow on Bruce if his team continues their poor start to the season. You can get odds of 4/1 (5.0) at BetVictor on him being the next Premier League manager to leave his club. Not that most Newcastle fans would be that upset. Mind you, they’d probably end up with Andy Carroll as a player (when fit)/manager.
Tottenham have won their last four games against Newcastle United. The last three have been won by a single goal margin. It’s 11/4 (3.75) on Spurs winning this game by a one-goal margin.
Tottenham have Heung-min-Son back from suspension but will be missing Tunguy Ndombele. Joelinton will be fit for Newcastle and Allan Saint-Maximin may make his return. Andy Caroll is still absent.
78 and Counting
The last time a game between these two clubs ended in a goalless draw was in 1971. 78 games have been played between Spurs and Newcastle over the last 48 years. If you think this is the time for a 0-0 result, the odds are 14/1 (15.0) at Betfair.
Tottenham have made a solid start to the season. They are unbeaten and will be strengthened by the return of Son. A bet on Tottenham to beat Newcastle with over 1.5 goals has odds of 2/5 (1.4) if going to Paddy Power to make your selection.