Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park following their promotion as the Championship winners. The Magpies were playing catch up to Brighton & Hove Albion in the backend of last season, but they were crowned champions on the final day of the campaign as the Seagulls slipped up. Tottenham Hotspur finished runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League last term while gaining their best points return in the top-flight (86).
Betting Tips for the game
The Magpies come into the game on the back of a good pre-season with four wins in six outings. Rafael Benitez’s side scored in each of those games, but they managed just two clean sheets.
Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, had a mixed set of results in pre-season with two wins and two losses in four games. The defence has been of particular concern with 10 goals conceded during the period.
The recent meeting between the clubs was also at St. James’ Park, and it ended as a 5-1 Newcastle United win with Georginio Wijnaldum bagging a brace. Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off in the second half, as Spurs went on to miss out on a second place finish in the 2015/16 Premier League season. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate Spurs bagging all three points at Tyneside.
Newcastle United are 4/1 for a win by Bet365, but we do not anticipate a victory despite the home advantage. Spurs have had a mixed record with just two wins in their previous five outings at this ground. However, their away form was good last season with nine victories in 19 games. They also scored the second highest number of goals away from home (39) – just behind Manchester City. Our preview is confident of seeing a Spurs win, and it can be backed at 8/11 with William Hill.
Correct Score odds
Newcastle United conceded just 40 goals in 46 Championship outings last term, but this may not be considered as a fair reflection because of the competition level. Tottenham maintained the best offensive (86 goals scored) and defensive record (26 goals conceded) in the Premier League last term, and they conceded just 17 goals in 19 away games. Our correct score prediction is to go with a Spurs’ 3-1 win at 14/1 with Bet 365.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The last five games between these two clubs at St. James’ Park have all been high scoring games with over 2.5 goals, while the recent five games at home/away have also witnessed over 2.5 goals. Spurs and Newcastle continue to possess an extremely strong offence, as indicated by the pre-season results. Spurs defence appears to be suffering from the sale of key players like Kyle Walker. Our total goals prediction is to go with over 2.5 goals at 6/5 with Coral.
First Goalscorer odds
Harry Kane has managed two goals in his last six league outings against the Magpies. His pre-season form has also been good with two goals in four appearances. Kane was the league’s highest scorer last term with 29 goals in just 30 games. Our first goalscorer prediction is to back Kane at 10/3 with Paddy Power.