Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur: Back After a Much Needed Break

newcastle unitedThe Premier League returns and the next task for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho involves a trip to St James’s Park. Newcastle United teeter on the brink of the relegation zone and a string of bad results leaves Steve Bruce’s side with a genuine chance of dropping back into the Championship.

The game kicks off at 2.05pm and is televised live by Sky Sports but what can we expect as the team returns from the latest international break?

Team News

It’s been a rollercoaster season but one where we haven’t really been able to blame injuries. Key players, including Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Gareth Bale, have been unavailable at times but for the most part we’ve been close to having a full squad to select from.

Players are filtering back from the international break but we’ve seen no reports of any likely absentees. In fact, the news is largely positive with suggestions that Sonny, Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty may all be fit and available following their respective injury concerns. Erik Lamela is also back having served his one match suspension against Aston Villa last time out.

You can monitor the club’s official site for updates but Spurs look to be close to full strength.

Match Odds

Tottenham start as red hot favourites for this game and you can back the away win at odds of 16/25 with Novibet. The draw is next at a best of 13/4 with Unibet while victory for Newcastle is listed at 5/1 with BetFred.

Those numbers are largely based on Newcastle’s wretched run which has seen them go without a win in their last six. The Magpies have drawn three in that period and are hovering above the relegation places as a result. Our form is mixed and we’re as unpredictable as it gets in the Premier League right now. Victory at Aston Villa ahead of the international break gave us a welcome three points and we should certainly be looking to take advantage of Newcastle’s struggles on Sunday.

Side Markets

Harry Kane scored twice in two matches while on duty for England and he’s even shorter than usual in the first goalscorer markets. The England captain is quoted at best odds of 29/10 with Unibet to find the net first and then we have a gap to Carlos Vinicius at 4/1 with 888Sport and 10Bet.

You should obviously monitor team news if you want to get behind Son Heung-Min but the South Korean is widely quoted and can be backed at 17/4 with Unibet. Next up is Gareth Bale at a best of 5/1 with Unibet before we get to Newcastle’s Callum Wilson at 7/1 with VBet.

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Harry Kane

Other options from a Spurs perspective include Lucas Moura at 8/1 with BetFred, Dele Alli at 9/1 with BetFred, Erik Lamela at 10/1 with Unibet and Steven Bergwijn at 10/1 with BetFred.

Team bets are next and we’ll start with Both Teams to Score which is quoted at best odds of Even Money with SportNation and RedZone. It’s rare for this bet to hit that mark and it’s a reflection of the fact that Newcastle United have scored just three times in their last five matches.

Anyone expecting a higher scoring game can get some value from the side bets and the Total Goals markets also have some interesting options. You could start by looking at Over 2.5 goals but this is predictably short at best odds of 19/20 with RedZone. To go a little further and bet Over the 3.5 line, the numbers lift to 11/5 with SportNation and BetFred.

That leaves us with some regular Correct Score suggestions and those who retain some optimism can claim a repeat of our previous, 2-0 away win at 6/1 with VBet. Others who are more pessimistic / realistic, can claim the 1-1 draw at best odds of 33/4 with RedZone while a 1-0 home win is listed at 15/1 with SportNation.

Last Season

The corresponding fixture from 2019/20 took place after project restart and it ended in a 3-1 win for Tottenham. Harry Kane scored the third goal in the final minute so it wasn’t always as comfortable as the final score suggests. However, it was a deserved win overall and a similar outcome on Sunday would be welcome.

On 27 minutes, Son Heung-Min opened the scoring with a low drive from close to the edge of the box which beat the Newcastle goalkeeper on the near post. Some thirty minutes later, from almost exactly the same spot on the pitch, Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie drove a powerful strike past Hugo Lloris to make it 1-1.

Harry Kane scored his 200th club goal as he made it 2-1 just four minutes later. As Newcastle pressed for the equaliser, Spurs broke and Harry finished the scoring as he nodded in from close range after Erik Lamela’s effort was parried.

Verdict

tottenhamThe international break is usually an unwelcome nuisance but many of us welcomed it this time around. Last time we were here, this column was written the day after Spurs surrendered in the Europa League away to Dinamo Zagreb. Following on from defeat in the North London Derby, it was a good time to forget about the club for the next two weeks.

To an extent, we have forgotten ourselves as we seem a little more optimistic about our chances here. We’re not entirely sure why, based on our performances in the week leading up to the Villa win but we should certainly be looking at three points based on Newcastle’s form.

Much can go wrong so we’ll just look to pick out some bets from the side markets. Lucas Moura was outstanding in our last game and all that was missing from his performance was a goal. The Brazilian will surely start so we’ll back Lucas to maintain that form and to find a goal in 90 minutes.

Both Teams to Score may look unlikely based on Newcastle’s scoring stats but trends are meant to be broken and Spurs are a good team to play against for anyone wanting to find some form. For the same reason, we’ll look to go Over 3.5 goals and get behind the team as they aim to score the majority of them.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at Even Money with SportNation
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 11/5 with BetFred
  • Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 14/5 with 10Bet

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