Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Newcastle v Spurs and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Newcastle V Spurs Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 11/08/18
- Time: 12:30
- Venue: St James’ Park
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Newcastle open their Premier League campaign against Tottenham for the second season running and the third time in six years. The lunch time kick off sees the Toon take the field under Manager Rafa Benitez despite the financial constraints and the unrest from the fans towards owner Mike Ashely.
Benitez has managed to get players in to the club without spending big money like the teams around them. Newcastle are estimated to have spent just £22 million on their squad this summer. Compare that to newly promoted Fulham who have spent £100 million and you can start to understand why the Newcastle fans are annoyed. The Magpies have managed to add 6 players to their squad this summer in the form of; Ki Sung-Yeung, Yoshinori Muto, Fabian Schar, Kenedy, Dubravka and Salomon Rondon. Tottenham meanwhile have failed to add any new faces to their squad this season which is surprising considering their stature in the Premier League. Spurs have been consistent in the league for a number of years now and they will be starting the season under pressure to add silverware to the trophy cabinet. Spurs have failed to win a trophy since their League Cup triumph back in 2008.
Newcastle’s pre-season didn’t exactly go to plan in terms of results. They won one game out of five and failed to score in their last 3 games. Meanwhile Tottenham managed to grab two wins out of four pre-season games scoring eight goals in the process. August has been a tough month for Spurs under Pochettino with the team having an average of 1.4 points per game in four years under his charge. Striker Harry Kane is also yet to score for Spurs in August, he has had thirteen attempts to do so. He is 10/3 to score first in the game (Betfair)
According to the stats, the last time these two teams played out a 0-0 77 games ago back in August 1971 whilst nine of the last ten meetings at St James’ Park have seen over 1.5 goals in the second-half. If you like backing trends, it is 11/10 (Betway) for the second-half to be the highest scoring half. It’s fair to say that Spurs will be the more attack minded of the two sides but Newcastle will fancy their chances of exploiting a Spurs side that could still have plenty of players tired from their World-Cup exploits. Both teams to score in the match is 13/15 (10Bet).
This game could come down to set pieces and Spurs managed to score 14 goals from these situations last season with 12 of those coming from corners or crossed Free-kicks. It could be that we see another special Free-Kick from Christian Eriksen for Spurs, he is 3/1 to score at any time in the match. Newcastle were also dangerous from Set Pieces last season scoring 7 goals just from corners. Centre-Back Jamaal Lascelles scored 3 times from Set Pieces last season and he is 14/1 (Bet365) to score at any time in the match.
Salomon Rondon will be in line to make his Newcastle United debut along with Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-Yeung and Yoshinori Muto.
Spurs will be without Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks.
Potential Newcastle Starting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon
Potential Tottenham Starting XI: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Eriksen, Dier, Ali, Dembele, Son, Kane
Head To Head
- The teams last played out a 0-0 draw 77 games ago, back in August 1971
- Nine of the last ten meeting at St James’ Park have seen over 1.5 goals in the second half.
Key Stats & Facts
- Newcastle haven’t won an opening day fixture since they beat Spurs 2-1 at home in 2012/13.
- Harry Kane is yet to score in the Premier League in the month of August.
- Spurs became the first Premier League team to not make a signing in the Summer Transfer Window.
- Newcastle 11/4
- Draw 5/2
- Spurs 9/8
The Premier League is finally back and we have a great game in-store to start Saturday’s fixtures. Spurs will go into the game as favourites but they will face a tough task to overcome a well-organised Newcastle side. Hopefully the game won’t be dull and we can see some goals in the game from both sides.