Tottenham v Newcastle Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 25/08/19
Mikey Patterson (@ThePattBlogs) previews Tottenham v Newcastle and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Tottenham v Newcastle Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 25/8/2019
- Time: 16:30
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
Game week 3 of the Premier League sees Newcastle make the long trip down south to the capital, where Pochettino and his men welcome them to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time. Given how both sides have started off this season, it is easy to see why this is a long journey that could add more headaches to new Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, and give the home fans plenty more to smile about.
For the hosts, the start to the league has gone as well as they could have hoped for when the fixture list came out. Travelling to the reigning champions Manchester City in just their second game of the new campaign could have thrown a spanner in the works for Tottenham, but they came away from the Etihad with a point despite being dominated for large parts of the game. This 2-2 draw, combined with the opening day 3-1 victory against new comers Aston Villa, confirms that Spurs are going to be right in the mix of it all again this season, and will surely be hoping to kick on against Newcastle in their new home surroundings. A huge boost for them will be the two goals from Harry Kane against Villa, finally breaking his August hoodo in the top flight. This very welcome gift has been joined by another in the shape of record signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. In his opening games for his new club, the Frenchman has slotted in with relative ease and looks quite the outfit in the centre of the park, lighting up his new surroundings on his debut with his equaliser against Villa.
As for the visitors, they find themselves with no points and just a single Jonjo Shelvey goal to show for their opening two games. Given all the unrest surrounding the club over the summer and still at present, a change in management and players, the Magpies could find themselves in for a long and painful season. A home defeat by Arsenal on the opening day was followed by a 3-1 humiliation at the hands of newly promoted Norwich at Carrow Road. The evidence of the task ahead of Newcastle and new gaffer Steve Bruce was evident on a sunny Saturday afternoon, as A Pukki hat-trick put the game to bed long before Shelvey grabbed a small consolation for the visitors. The defeat brought to light just how big the task is for Bruce and the players in the ever changing and fast paced Premier League. Losing both Rondon and Perez up top has seen the arrival of Brazilian Joelinton from Hoffenheim, as well as the return of Andy Carroll from West Ham. With Almiron arriving last season, they will be looking for the spark he has demonstrated over the pond in the MLS. Bruce will need to get him closer to and combining with Joelinton if they are to be in with a hope of avoiding the drop, however the early signs have not been good with both players coming under scrutiny for their performances so far.
Heading into this one, it is almost impossible to see past anything but a Spurs win here and them dominating Newcastle. Another plate of food for thought in this game for me is that Mike Dean will be in charge, and he has caused quite a stir when officiating Spurs games in the past. This season already he has shown 7 yellow cards, and has a record of not being shy to show a card or two in previous seasons. If you take into account that Newcastle picked up 3 themselves in the away defeat to Norwich as well, there could well be an angle to look at in terms of the booking points, especially for the away side.
For Spurs, there could be a return to action for fan favourite Heung-Min Son who is yet to feature for Spurs this season due to suspension. He could well be joined in the match day squad by Dele Alli who has also been sidelined. The return of Son and Alli will be welcome news given that there are doubts surrounding marquee signing Ndombele playing in this one. Reports suggest he has picked up a knock in training and will not be risked against Newcastle. With fellow new arrival Giovanni Lo Celso returning to training later than most as well, Pochettino finds himself having to fill the void left by the absence of Ndombele. Son may well fill that void but Lucas Moura could also fill in. Alli would be a more suitable straight swap for Ndombele but he will face a late fitness test as he looks to return to the fray. Spurs are also yet to see Ryan Sessengon since his arrival from Fulham, but will have to wait a bit longer, as the youngster is still on the injury list.
Newcastle should find themselves able to call upon most of their squad. Summer arrivals Saint-Maximin and Joelinton should be in the frame despite issues with both, Saint-Maximin missed the trip to Norwich. Sean Longstaff could find himself back in the starting 11 after featuring against Norwich, but Bruce wants him ‘100% right’. Personally, I think he is the bite they will need in the middle against Spurs. The game may well come too soon for Christian Atsu as he fights back from injury.
Potential Tottenham Starting XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Rose, Vertonghen, Aldewireld, Sissoko, Winks, Eriksen, Son, Lamela, Kane
Potential Newcastle Starting XI: Dubravka, Dummett, Hayden, Schar, Lascelles, Shelvey, Longstaff, Ritchie, Ki, Almiron, Joelinton
Head To Head
- Spurs are unbeaten against Newcastle in their last four encounters, winning all 4.
- The last two meetings between these two in London have seen a 1-0 victory for Spurs.
Key Stats & Facts
- Harry Kane has 2 in 2 already so far and will be keen to boost his tally early on in the season at home to a stuttering Newcastle.
- Spurs have kept a clean sheet in 3 out of 4 in their recent games against Newcastle.
- Tottenham 1/4
- Draw 9/2
- Newcastle 12/1
Given everything that is going on at Newcastle, and the way Spurs have come out of the blocks this season, it is almost impossible to see past Spurs walking away with the points here and fairly simplistically as well. I can see some cards being shown, and especially for Newcastle should they become dominated and frustrated as they did against Norwich last weekend. A few usual suspects to keep an eye out individually for a card for me are Schar, Ritchie, Dummett and Longstaff. I also like Spurs to win to nil given the opening games for both sides, and backed all the more by the fact Newcastle are yet to make a pass inside the opposition box this season. They have looked poor going forward and offered very little in the final third against Norwich, despite the late consolation from Shelvey.