Tottenham vs Newcastle – Match Preview
On the evidence of Tottenham’s first four matches in both League and European exploits, it is fair to say that the on-pitch offering has been a little lacklustre and although it has been rough around the edges, the North London outfit have won their last three outings in all competitions.
With their Europa League adventures taking them to some far-flung continental locations and a play-off round meeting now secured for next Thursday, the focus shifts back to the Premier League and the visit of Newcastle on Sunday.
Tottenham welcome Newcastle to their grand stadium after getting the better of Southampton last weekend and even though the final score of five goals to two paints one story, the actual performance paints another.
At half-time, Jose Mourinho’s men were fortunate to still be in the game at 1-1, as Southampton wasted a number of chances to nudge themselves into the lead and Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to be on hand to make a number of saves.
While whatever was said at the break certainly worked, as the visitors were a team transformed and with Heung-min Son adding three more strikes to his first half equaliser, he and his teammates eventually picked up three points rather comfortably.
Whether this was a win that earned by sheer brilliance in attack or sheer defensive disaster by Southampton can be argued and to be honest the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the two options.
With that said, Tottenham cannot rely on their opposition being so woeful each week and most importantly, they are a team that have to play from minute one to minute ninety, because against bigger clubs they will undoubtedly be punished.
Newcastle may not necessarily fit the tag of ‘bigger club’ but they did win here 12 months ago and with Joelinton’s goal proving to be the difference that afternoon, the former Hoffenheim forward would love to repeat that feat at the weekend.
The Magpies were in Carabao Cup action in midweek and booked their place in the fourth round of the competition with an emphatic 7-0 win over lowly Morecambe, one that saw them record their biggest ever away win.
Admittedly the chances of repeating such a result at the weekend are as minimal as they could ever be and for manager Steve Bruce, just a win by a solitary goal will do. With that said, if Newcastle do get the better of Tottenham, you can get odds of 7/1
Newcastle have been a mixed bag in the first two games of the season, when they weren’t favourites, they won at West Ham and when they were favourites, they suffered a heavy defeat to Brighton at home.
While Tottenham have been favourites to win in both their two league outings, losing one and winning one in process. While they are once again handed the tag of favourites, as the odds have them at 11/25 and the draw is 4/1